He's not running, as far as I know, but this email makes me think former candidate for the state House of Representatives Steve Glaser would make an excellent candidate for Chip Forrester's old job. Hell, even if he doesn't run, it would behoove the candidates to take to heart what he's saying.
He's got some great ideas — statewide fundraising, more coordination with campaigns, finding something all Democrats can stand for and helping all candidates promote those things, and helping candidates work together to share resources. All important things for the party to do.
But I'm going to tell you that I've been blogging since September 2004 so I can look back and see that Democrats have been making variations on these points since at least then. I remember right before Forrester was elected, a bunch of us bloggers — some folks driving for hours to be there — sitting around a table with TNDP folks saying these same things. I've been at meetings since then where people sit around and say these things. Bloggers like Steve Steffens, Steve Ross, Trace Sharp and Southern Beale (among many others) have been writing smart, insightful variations on these themes for years.
The problem isn't that no one can figure out what's wrong with the TNDP. Folks much smarter than me diagnosed that years ago. The question at this point is, how can they know so clearly what's wrong and do so little to fix it? Because it seems to me that until there's an answer to that question — why the organization can't utilize the knowledge of people who need it to survive and thrive — we're going to continue to see folks like Glaser learning fresh what a lot of folks have learned the hard way.
The next TNDP chair — and why not Steve Glaser? — has a big task in front of him or her, but the biggest challenge the chair faces is whether he or she can actually do the things that everyone knows need to be done.