Friday, August 1, 2008

Vice-presidential picks are largely irrelevant; my question is whether the DNC is still paying Dr. Dean over $100,000 a year

Should Senator Obama ultimately become the Democratic Party's official candidate for President of the United States, he will have a running mate. I have believed for some time and believe now that Senator Obama cannot beat the Republican candidate in the general election. I also believe that in general vice-presidential candidates neither make or break a candidate in the general election. Winning the presidency comes down to the person running for that office. Note I believe the same thing goes for Senator Clinton. Were she to become the Democratic candidate, I would be relatively uninterested in who she chose as a running mate. The only interesting issue with regard to vice-presidential picks is when some pretty impressive politicians make it clear they are have no interest in running with a potential presidential candidate.

Recent reports suggest that Senator Clinton will speak on the second night of the convention. Many journalists, commentators, and pundits draw the conclusion that this means Senator Obama will not consider her as a running mate. Because I do not think it makes any difference to Senator Obama's electability in November, this current blip in the news cycle has not really seemed important to me -- except for one aspect of the news coverage. For the past month or so, all the sources about the Democratic National Convention's organization and structure seem to be Senator Obama's aides. This has been true in latest round of stories about who will speak when at the convention.

It appears then, that regardless of whether Senator Obama ultimately becomes the nominee this year, Howard Dean has turned over the job of organizing the Party convention to Senator Obama's aides. So what I want to know is this: is the DNC still paying Dr. Dean twice monthly at a rate that comes to over $100,000 a year, as it was as of 2005? I mean fair is fair: if the DNC chairman is not organizing the DNC convention than if anybody is going to be paid to do that it should be the people who are - apparently aides to Senator Obama. Furthermore, if I were a DNC donor - which at this point I most certainly am not - I would be rather indignant that the top person at the DNC, who is no longer performing a key part of his job, is drawing any salary from the DNC at all. If Dr. Dean is functioning as Senator Obama's aide, then Senator Obama should pay him; if Dr. Dean is functioning as a volunteer activist for Senator Obama he, like other volunteers for any candidate, should be donating his labor for free.

Indeed why is the DNC paying for a staff at this point at all? I would call the DNC to find out if Dr. Dean and others still receive salaries from it, but I have a feeling that I would just be referred to Senator Obama's campaign staff.


Blogger PuppyDogMom said...

Yup...The Obama group have hijacked the Democratic Party. So anyone who was on the payroll needs to be cut off. Fortunately, none of the money going to any of them is coming from me.

August 1, 2008 at 7:45 AM  
Anonymous Not Your Sweetie said...

They think that dean might still have a following of his own. yeah, they are THAT out of touch.

August 1, 2008 at 8:34 AM  
Blogger GrapeApe said...

Hmmm. I no longer contribute to the DNC, so however they are spending their money is of no interest to me.

I don't support the democratic candidate currently claiming to be the absolute candidate (SDs are needed to seal that deal, and they have not voted yet), so if he gains the top spot on the ticket at the end of the month, I won't care more then than I do now who he puts as his running mate. Whoever gets that spot is going to be tagged for all of history as the Obama/VPcandidate team that lost in 2008.

With the poll ratings as they are, and trusting they are as inaccurate in their pro-Obama bias now as they were during the primary, a solid choice will be hard to get. A career politician with ambition won't want to join this ticket.

August 2, 2008 at 6:17 PM  

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