June 10, 2005


Dean isn't the Problem (Joan Vennochi, June 9, 2005, Boston Globe)

Democrats are running against Howard Dean instead of George W. Bush and the GOP -- or, better yet, running for principles that matter to the country.

It makes little sense, unless the intent is to destroy what's left of their shell of a political party.

Dean, the head of the Democratic National Committee, is under attack by fellow Democrats who are allegedly upset at his partisan rhetoric. Critics such as Senators Joseph Biden of Delaware and former senator John Edwards of North Carolina are taking their shots at Dean, just as if they were sitting next to him during a debate in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, or Manchester, N.H. They sound like they are positioning themselves for a future presidential campaign rather than working together to rebuild a party with a message for the future.

How shocking: Dean said, ''I hate the Republicans and everything they stand for" and defined the political landscape as ''a struggle between good and evil." Is that any worse than the comment by Harry Reid, the Democrats' Senate leader, who said of Bush, ''I think this guy is a loser." (Reid later apologized.) Is it worse than Senator Hillary Clinton of New York saying: ''There has never been an administration, I don't believe, in our history more intent upon consolidating and abusing power to further their own agenda."

During the 2004 presidential campaign, Dean's predecessor, Terry McAuliffe, was famous for personal attacks against President Bush. He described Bush as being AWOL, or absent without leave, during his stint in the National Guard and declared that ''George Bush continually lies."

Did she really sit down at her typewriter to make the point that the rest of the Democratic leadership is just as braindead?

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 10, 2005 11:31 PM

Consider her audience. They need to have it pounded into them.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at June 11, 2005 10:25 AM

Can she really not tell the difference between saying "My opponent is a loser" and "Everyone on the other side is evil"??????

Posted by: Kirk Parker at June 11, 2005 3:20 PM

Mr. Parker;

Probably not. After all, if you don't believe in evil then Dean's statement is the same sort of rhetorical device as Reid's.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at June 11, 2005 4:41 PM