My favorite event on the first day of the Winter DNC meeting was the meeting of the Rural Council. I now live in a rural part of New Jersey so I thought it would be especially relevant. I was a bit late to it. And had to navigate a large crowd to get through into the room. The reason became obvious as I heard Howard Dean’s voice. He emphasized that the 50 state strategy means that the Democratic Party wants to win in all regions of the country. Even if we can’t win North Dakota at the presidential level, we can compete there so we can win at the local level now, and someday in the future. The audience members thanked Chairman Dean for `fighting inside the Beltway’ for funds.
I was inspired by the passion and enthusiasm of the Rural Council. Four years ago, they were brainstorming about how to reach voters. Today, they were able to compare notes on their success in the last election, and make plans for more victories. At one point, as I and Natasha of Pacific Views took notes, the chair announced `We’ve arrived, because the bloggers are here!’