August 5, 2005



Dean has called Republicans "brain-dead" and a "white Christian party," and now his new pet line is to blame Bush for a controversial ruling by the Supreme Court's most liberal justices.

That's the 5-4 decision that gave a green light for government to use eminent domain to grab private homes and kick out homeowners so private developers can use it to make megamillions.

Or, as Dean shrilled to college Democrats in Washington, "The president and his right-wing Supreme Court think it is OK to have the government take your house if they feel like putting up a hotel where your house is."

Well, no. In reality, the justices responsible for the ruling are the five liberal icons beloved in Dean-land — Clinton appointees Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer plus David Souter, John Paul Stevens and Anthony Kennedy. [...]

For now, Republicans see no need to answer Dean's rant because no one, except the far left, is listening. They can count on conservative blogs like PowerLine to tear him apart, and he's great fodder for talk radio.

They think Dean is leading his party off the left cliff, and they're happy to let him do it.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 5, 2005 6:38 AM

Truly, it is a sodapop-and-popcorn moment for the GOP, as they settle in their comfy chairs, and watch the lemmings of the left follow the Pied Piper of Montpelier into oblivion.

Two thumbs up!

Posted by: Mikey at August 5, 2005 12:58 PM

Off a cliff! Except that the first candidate running the Dean strategy got 48 percent in a district where the last Democrat got 30 percent.

Posted by: at August 5, 2005 1:45 PM

If the Dean strategy is really to recruit military guys and have them run ads saying George Bush endorsed them it could work in a few districts.

Posted by: oj at August 5, 2005 2:03 PM

what a great strategy -- lose by less.

Posted by: cjm at August 5, 2005 2:25 PM

For years the Stupid Party would run as Democrats-Lite and get trounced, so you'd think the Dems would know that running as a watered down version of what you aren't isn't a winning strategy.

"Except that the first candidate running the Dean strategy got 48 percent..."

The assumption here is that the GOP will now revert competely to its old Stupid Party ways (and that's not completely impossible) and ignore the Dean strategy in future races. I'd think that 48% is the max, and any future applications won't do as well.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 5, 2005 6:55 PM


And it only promises to get better.

What I'd really like to see are the Coming Attractions. Dean says Republicans cause leukemia? Dean blames GOP for New Coke? Dean says Republicans don't make an honest living? Wait, scratch that last item, it's a rerun.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at August 5, 2005 10:29 PM

Paul Begala already said the GOP wants to kill his family (at least, that's what it sounded like), so Howard still has a ways to go.

But he'll probably get to Cynthia McKinney territory before too long.

I wouldn't be surprised if he followed Tom Harkin's statement that the Republicans are the American Taliban (sometimes).

Posted by: jim hamlen at August 5, 2005 10:56 PM