- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Democratic National Committee may be going back to the future with its next chairman.

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, who led the DNC from 2005 to 2009, said Thursday via Twitter that he wants the job back when current interim chief Donna Brazile leaves in spring.

“The dems need organization and focus on the young. Need a fifty State strategy and tech rehab. I am in for chairman again,” he tweeted.

In touting the “50-state strategy,” youth and technology, Mr. Dean evoked memories of the party’s good fortunes when he was chairman.

During those four years, the Democrats took over both houses of Congress (2006) and elected Barack Obama as America’s first black president. Mr. Dean had been the preferred presidential andidate of the party’s young “netroots” in 2004 — only to lose to a more-establishment figure in John Kerry.

In those late-00s years, the party had a huge advantage in the use of the Internet in political organizing, in part due to the “netroots,” and broke through Republican dominance in several traditionally conservative states to elect Mr. Obama.

His Twitter biography even says “As DNC chair started 50 State Strategy.”

• Victor Morton can be reached at vmorton@washingtontimes.com.

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