Some big name Democrats want to oust DNC Chairman Howard Dean, arguing that his stubborn commitment to the 50-state strategy and his stinginess with funds for House races cost the Democrats several pickup opportunities.

The candidate being floated to replace Dean? Harold Ford.

A “Jesus-loving gun-supporting” chair of the DNC? I say, bring it on! It’ll be fun to watch the reaction at Firedoglake.

Plus, it’ll free up Dean to run for President in 2008. Yeearrrgh!

UPDATE: More on Ford here: “He’s clearly a smart, talented guy who, like Steele in Maryland, acquitted himself very well in this year’s campaign but came up short.” I think that’s right. Steele was a Republican running in a state that leans Dem; Ford a Dem running in a state that leans GOP.