June 9, 2005


Dr. Dean, the shrink is in (Larry Elder, June 9, 2005, Townhall)

"I hate the Republicans and everything they stand for," said former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, now chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Dean also blamed Republicans for the unhappy occasion when California voters recalled their Democratic governor: "The right wing of the Republican Party is deliberately undermining the Democratic underpinnings of this country," said Dean on Sept. 6, 2003. "I believe they do not care what Americans think and they do not accept the legitimacy of our elections and have now, for the fourth time in the fourth state, attempted to do what they can to remove democracy from America."

Dean considers Republicans a morally inferior species. In a speech in Kansas on Feb. 25, 2005, Dean said the contest between Democrats and Republicans was "a struggle of good and evil. And we're the good." A couple of months later, Dean also called Republicans "corrupt," and said, "You can't trust them with your money, and you can't trust them with your votes."

Dean says Republicans have minimal mental capability, as when Dean called them "brain dead." The chairman says the "brain-dead" Republicans only won the 2004 election because they kept their message simple, while Democrats need "to explain every issue in half an hour of detail."

Dean calls Republicans racist: "The Republicans are all about suppressing votes. Two voting machines if you live in a black district, 10 voting machines if you live in a white district." Dean considers Republicans either lazy or parasitic trust-fund babies: "[T]he idea that you have to wait on line for eight hours to cast your ballot. . . . You think people can work all day, and then pick up their kids at child care or wherever, and get home and . . . still manage to sandwich in an eight-hour vote? Well, Republicans, I guess," said Dean, "can do that, because a lot of them have never made an honest living in their lives." A Democratic Party spokeswoman -- and later, Dean himself -- said he was talking about Republican politicians and leadership, not hardworking American people. (Right.)

Congressman Harold Ford was on Imus this morning and just hung the Governor out to dry. He said he couldn't imagine having Mr. Dean come to Tennessee on his behalf, that he didn't think Mr. dean understands ordinary Americans and that he finds personally objectionable the suggestion that only Republicans or white men are Christians. Apparently Mr. Dean is in Washington the next couple days meeting with congressional Democrats and Mr. Ford said he planned to ask if the chairman could keep his mouth shut and if not they should think about replacing him.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 9, 2005 9:24 AM

"not his diniro" = Billy Crystal?

Posted by: John J. Coupal at June 9, 2005 10:00 AM

when one of the smartest Democrats in Congress turns on him, you have to wonder how many will follow.

Posted by: cornetofhorse at June 9, 2005 10:47 AM


oops, spelling error. Should be De Niro.

Posted by: oj at June 9, 2005 11:01 AM

"a struggle of good and evil. And we're the good."

That quote is so funny. Do the "good guys" really need to be reminded which side they are on in a battle between good and evil?

Posted by: Shelton at June 9, 2005 11:14 AM

Harold better watch out - all the lefty websites will be on his back about being a whitey-lover.

Biden and Edwards are already getting slammed for daring to contradict Dean, who is the feisty little guy with the guts to oppose the GOP machine.

Now, when will Dean say something about weak-kneed Democrats who can't (won't) confront Bush? That will be his moment of truth - when he actually attacks a Democrat. At that point, HRC will probably have to squash him like a bug, because if he is the face of the Democratic party come October 2006, there will be perhaps a 5% boost to all Republican candidates from the Dean echo.

On the other hand, maybe that the plan.

Posted by: jim hamlen at June 9, 2005 11:36 AM

Talk about irrational. I don't understand Dean's anger at Republicans. After all, it was the Democrats of Iowa (a white Christian group if ever there was one) who nailed his ranting carcass to their collective barn doors. The Republicans, then as now, were all seriously pro-Dean.

In fact, I, for one, would love to see him be the Democratic nominee in 2008.

Posted by: H. D. Miller at June 9, 2005 12:04 PM

i can picture the presidential debates, if dean were the democrat candidate, where they have him in this hannibal lecter setup -- strapped to a dolly with a catcher's mask on. imagine dinnertime in the dean household worst case of short man's disease, ever.

Posted by: cjm at June 9, 2005 12:19 PM

The party makes it clear that Dean is the leader of the party, not it's face or it's spokesman...whatever that means?!

Posted by: Dave W. at June 9, 2005 12:32 PM

Wait until Howlin' Howard tells Biden, Edwards, Pelosi, Richardson, and all the rest that he represents the Democratic wing of the Democratic party, not them. That's when the fun begins.

The DU must make for some pretty good reading these days.

Too bad Howard didn't march into the Senate yesterday with the Black Caucus. He could have yelled at Harry Reid and Robert Byrd from the gallery (for approving Brown).

Posted by: ratbert at June 9, 2005 1:29 PM
"I hate the Republicans and everything they stand for"
Oh, Howard, you crapulent buffoon--let's just go ahead and have a civil war and get it over with. Posted by: at June 10, 2005 1:58 AM