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Phil Johnston Should Resign


Kristen wants reactions to Phil Johnston's latest outrage:
It is absurd to have that many delegates. It is extremely difficult to manage a convention with that many.
If you can't manage it, Phil, resign and let someone else take over.

I just went to DCA Day in Amherst this weekend, a party-sponsored event to embrace all of the new active Democrats that Election2004 brought in. We spent most of the day trying to figure out ways to activate this bounty for the eventual nominee in 2006, and then Phil Johnston ruins the whole thing with this insight into his true feelings about the newcomers. He should have stepped down like he planned to at the end of 2004 -- this gig is getting to big for him to handle. Complaining about too many people wanting to be active in the party -- what a moron. Kudos to Bill Galvin for getting out ahead of this.

I'm not sure I even understand what he hopes to accomplish -- if there are fewer delegates, my money's on the activists getting elected, not the machine.

Update: .08 has details:
The current rules call for 6,257 delegates, but the commission wants to reduce that number to 4,777. The largest cut, some 1,100, would come in those elected from the caucuses. Delegates who are party officials and are not elected are given more representation.
Most Democrats don't care about stuff like this, but the active party members do -- so do prospective Committee members. This kind of stuff turns off the politically active to the Democratic Party.