Howard Dean, Loudmouth Extraodinaire
Howard Dean just can’t control himself. The ever-quotable and increasingly cartoonish Dean said this week in San Francisco:
”[Republicans are] a pretty monolithic party. They all behave the same. They all look the same. It's pretty much a white Christian party.”
Uh-huh. Say what you want about the President, Dr. Dean, but it’s kinda hard to deny that his cabinet is full of minorities in important and visible positions and that the Chairman of the GOP, Ken Mehlman, is Jewish. It’s also hard to deny that in 2004 Bush received 11% of the Black vote (double what he got in 2000), 44% of the Hispanic vote, 44% of the Asian vote, 25% of the Jewish vote and 25% of the so-called “other” religions’ vote.
But Dean wasn’t done there. He went on to say:
"The Republicans are not very friendly to different kinds of people. We're more welcoming to different folks, because that's the type of people we are.”
Well, unless you’re a Republican, and then, apparently, Democrats aren’t so welcoming. So what is Dean’s plan to win back the party?
”We're going to be in every state. You're not going to see any 18-state strategies. We're going to be in places like Mississippi and Kansas and Idaho. We're going to be in the Republican counties of California from now on…"
So, let me get this straight, Dean’s strategy is to demean Republicans and then go into Republican-dominated areas and ask for their votes? I half expect Dean to come out and say, “Hey, all we gotta do is slap some Republicans around enough until they realize how stupid they are and start voting for us.”
When Dean has these episodes of partisan anger, he always tries to clarify what he meant. But that’s not really fooling anyone. Dean’s a loudmouth and confirms many people’s worst stereotypes of the “unhinged Democrat”.
The left wingers that gamed the system to get Dean elected party chair are probably ecstatic about their leader’s mad dog persona. But unless sane Democrats can reign Dean in, I don’t think anyone on the left is going to be happy about the road to defeat the Chairman will certainly take them down.
Some great discussion on this topic can be found at The Modertate Voice