Dean to Bloggers: ‘The Next State on My List is Texas’
Not-for-much-longer DNC Chairman Howard Dean just held a conference call with America’s bloggers — or, as Gov. Sarah Palin would have it, “kids in pajamas sitting in the basement of their parents’ homes.” Over the rumble of the washing machine, I asked him about the successes and failures of his famous 50-state strategy, credited with helping Sen. Barack Obama turn some red states blue. The strategy didn’t seem to work in much of Appalachia and the Inland South (see maps below, via The New York Times), where Democrats did better in 2000 and 2004.
Dean saw the glass as about 9/10 full.
“Clearly we would prefer to do better in the Appalachian regions, but to win in Florida, to win in North Carolina and to win in the West is huge,” he said. “The next state on my list is Texas.”
Oh, right, those maps I promised you: