Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe did a lot of things for his party. He raised tons of money -- there was an unprecedented $70 million nestled in party coffers for the election. He built a fancy new party headquarters with the latest electronics and television studios.
He just can't win elections.
McAuliffe got the job in 2001, and Democrats lost control of the Senate in the 2002 midterm elections, as well as seeing their numbers in the House fall. There were calls then from grass-roots and elected leaders for McAuliffe's head. He survived on the strength of his legendary fund-raising ability. McAuliffe's term lasts only a few more months, but he should be preparing his statement right now about wanting to spend more time with his family.
Though the Democrats may be financially flush, they need a salesman with a soul.
How about a slightly raffish, smooth-talking Southerner, a statesman with a strategic mind who delights in outsmarting his opponents? Someone who can go into a black church and rouse the congregation. Someone with a proven track record, an astute political analyst admired for his ability to split political differences and make it sound like a good thing.
That narrows it down to the last Democrat since Franklin D. Roosevelt to win two terms: Bill Clinton.