Stop Howard Dean!
When considering who should be the DNC chair maybe we should consider the motives of those who are vying for the spot:
Gov. Tom Vilsack: "Keep Iowa first" and "stop Howard Dean".
Gov. Jeane Shaheen: "Lay the groundwork for Kerry '08" and "stop Howard Dean"
Gov. Roy Barnes: "Lay the groundwork for Edwards '08" and "stop Howard Dean"
Harold Ickes: "Lay the groundwork for Hillary '08" and "stop Howard Dean"
Howard Dean: "Lay the groundwork for Democrats '06, '08, '10, '12, '14, '16, '18, '20, ..."
Of the leading candidates, only Howard Dean appears to want the job for the purpose of advancing the prospects of the party. The rest are vying for the job in order to protect their own turf (Vilsack), help out political patrons (Shaheen, Barnes, Ickes) and also stop that "disaster" Howard Dean (all the above).
Now consider this: If Dean becomes DNC chair he would most likely have to give up any dream of "Dean '08". So, Dean is not only the the Democratic party candidate, he is also the ultimate "stop Howard Dean" candidate.
Sounds like a win-win to me!