by Peter Freyne
There have only been four Democratic governors in Vermont history. They're all alive and half of them were on the same dais at the Burlington Hilton on Saturday.
Howard Dean M.D. and Ambassador/Author Madeleine Kunin spoke to the executive committee of the Democratic National Committee. Ho-Ho's the current chairman. Still sounds like a presidential candidate, especially when President George "WMD" Bush is the target:
He makes a big deal about putting together commissions to talk about security and then ignores security.
We are the party of security. They are the party of talk, and I think at the end of the day in November, the American people will elect the party of security and stop electing the party of talk and I’m looking forward to that very, very much.
Ho-Ho was getting kudos for his "50-state strategy" which has given life to Democrat candidates in places [like New Hampshire] where they used to appear non-contenders.
Dean also assured the Vermont reporters who turned out that there will be a Democratic Party candidate on the ballot against incumbent Republican Gov. Jim Douglas in 2008:
I think by Vermont standards this is incredibly early. As you may remember, Tom Salmon, the second Democratic governor in 100-and-some odd years became the nominee of his party shortly after the Democratic convention in Miami in 1972. So by Vermont standards, [it's] very, very early and I have full confidence that the Democrats in Vermont will have a very strong gubernatorial candidate.
A Democratic candidate on the November 2008 ballot?
Well, what did you expect him to say?
Queen Madeleine is finishing up her next book on women in politics. Kunin said the current working-title is Go For It.
"We’ll see," she said. "It may not last."
The publisher is Chelsea Green, a Vermont publisher.
Kunin stumped the DNC Executive Committee with the question:
Which country in the world do you think has the highest percentage of women in its parliament?
P.S. One thing Gov. Dean the Democrat has in common with Gov. Douglas, party of Bush, is that neither one has gone to see Michael Moore's powerful healthcare flick Sicko.
"'Cause I don't have a chance to watch movies," said Dr. Dean when we asked.
Unlike the other Guvs, Gov. Kunin said she has gone to see Sicko.