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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Begala Bummer

The Alabama Democratic Party recently revealed the speaker for their Nov. 15 Jefferson/Jackson banquet. Democratic Strategist/Clinton aide/Ubiquitous Media Presence Paul Begala will be the guest speaker at the event.

Begala is a legitimate pundit and Beltway insider, but I would have thought the ADP could have found someone with a little more star power. The banquet invitation even touts the event's purpose as "Kicking off the 2006 election season". And Paul Begala is the ADP's choice to fire up the rank-and-file heading into an election year?

I am not criticizing Begala, in fact it looks as if he is stepping in at the last minute as a favor to the ADP. But why not a Southern Governor like Mark Warner (VA), Phil Bredesen (TN), or Mike Easley (NC). John Edwards doesn't have much to do these days besides speaking at Democratic events. Or maybe Artur Davis could call in a favor from one of his House colleagues. With the possibility of Alabama primary playing a crucial role in the 2008 Democratic nomination, I'd have thought a high profile Democrat would have been eager to speak.

The 2006 elections could determine whether Democrats are a viable force in state politics or are constantly playing catch-up to the GOP. With little excitement being generated by leading Alabama Democrats, they could use an injection of enthusiasm from the outside.

And with all due respect to Paul Begala, I am not sure how much excitement he is going to generate.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Begala and his buddy Carville were washed up 2nd rate consultants, at best, when clinton comes along. It was a perfect match. Clinton had a couple of semi-skilled workers desperate to stay afloat, and they had a politician who would do anything to become president.
Am I suprised the ADP chose Begala? No, its just more mediocrity masquerading as excellence. However, I am surprised they didnt just have jack miller give the keynote address. Its his party, at least until more indictments fly.

8:56:00 AM  
Blogger Altoid said...

As you know from readign my blog I was pleased with the choice of (or lack of) for Begala, but I do see your point now, and maybe you are right, more of a heavyweight should have stepped up to the plate, but I can't complain. I would rather have Begala than who we had last year.

11:20:00 AM  
Blogger PoliSciZac said...

I don't even remember who last year was. I remember James Carville and Zell Miller (pre-his GOP affair) in the past, but I don't think either of those were too recent.

Altoid, who was it that spoke last year and do you remember any others from previous J/Js?

4:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Redding Pitt, Lanny Young, Nick Bailey, Don Siegelman, Paul Hamrick, Trava Williams, Anthony Fant, Terry Merritt, Roland Vaughn, Mac Roberts, Jack Miller and the sawed off doug jones, should all deliver the apology, err, JJ address.
God knows someone has to accept responsibility for the ruination of alabama democrats

8:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Putting aside the brickbats thrown by our Republican friends, it is true that the state Demo. Party needs to find itself. Too many people think the party is adrift and that it doesn't stand for any principled values.

It's not enough to be against Bush, or against anything (or anyone) else. To broaden its appeal, the Demo. Party needs to show what it is for. Does the Alabama Democratic Party have any principles or values? Many people, including many Democrats, are wondering.

5:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it is not about the aladem party having appeal. it is about the corruption of the party by jack miller and don siegelman and company and not a soul in alabama trusts that party, unless your name is paul hubbert. I admire joe turnham, but i fear the dixie mafia will own the ala dem party for years to come. Of course, that assumes they evade indictment from the miller/siegelman corruption

9:47:00 AM  
Blogger Altoid said...

Last year was the lady from Conason's book the Hunting of the President, I can't remember her name.

7:45:00 PM  
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