May 19, 2005


Dean vs. Russert: It'll be a scream (ROBERT NOVAK, May 19, 2005, Chicago SUN-TIMES)

After Howard Dean last weekend declared Tom DeLay ought to be in jail, a longtime Democratic operative told me the party's national chairman had momentarily ripped off his muzzle but that it soon would be restored. My source erred, however, in believing that Dean ever had been muzzled. It's just that nobody has paid much attention to his rants.

Since his election as chairman of the Democratic National Committee on Feb. 12, Dean has studiously avoided most national television exposure. But he has been talking to party gatherings across the country, and his intemperate language at these outings contradicts the notion that he has been kept under control. That he will leap onto the national stage Sunday on NBC's ''Meet the Press'' with Tim Russert raises concern among the Democratic political players whether he will contain himself.

Dean's election by the DNC membership was a case of the inmates seizing control of the asylum. After the 2004 election, party leaders spent more than three months in a fruitless effort to find an alternative to Dean. Their fears of money drying up under Dean have largely been realized, but they have deluded themselves into thinking the former Vermont governor who screamed his way out of any hope for the 2004 presidential nomination was under firm restraint.

The party's congressional leaders, Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, sat down with Dean for a heart-to-heart talk.

Could Harry Reid keep his own foot out of his mouth long enough to lecture Mr. dean?

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 19, 2005 10:31 AM

What a break for the GOP if Pelosi is advising Dean on how to come of as likeable to a moderate.

Posted by: capt mike at May 19, 2005 10:44 AM

What a break for the GOP if Pelosi is advising Dean on how to come off as likeable to a moderate.

Posted by: capt mike at May 19, 2005 10:45 AM

must see TV?

Posted by: Joe at May 19, 2005 11:35 AM

Reid and Pelosi lecturing Dean about his rants.
Pot. Kettle.

Posted by: Mikey at May 19, 2005 12:13 PM

Not only is he going to appear on Meet the Press. He's going to appear on Face the Nation! And Fox News Sunday! And Good Morning America! And Today and Lehrer and Oprah! And Doctor Phil and Jerry Springer and Entertainment Tonight and Jackass! He's going to appear on Survivor and Fear Factor and American Idol! And then he's going to go on to Washington D.C. and appear on This Week With George Snuffeluffagus! YEEEAAAAGGGHHHHH!

Posted by: Mike Morley at May 19, 2005 12:15 PM


Posted by: AWW at May 19, 2005 12:24 PM

Harry Reid lecturing Howard Dean is like a drunken Mr. Chips lecturing Bluto Blutarsky. Or Ray Walston trying to speak to Sean Penn.

Now, maybe Nancy has some secret hold on Howard, but Harry Reid? No way.

Posted by: jim hamlen at May 19, 2005 2:29 PM

I can only hope Russert asks Dean why John Kerry has yet to fulfill his promise to Tim four months ago to sign his Form 180. Either he goes into angry defensive mode or he sticks the knife even further into his former presidential rival. Either way, it makes for entertaining Sunday morning viewing.

Posted by: John at May 19, 2005 10:04 PM