I haven’t commented on the Dean Chronicles lately, guess there is just too much more important things to blog about other then that fool but…..can’t help myself.
We all know the comments he made recently:
Republicans are “a pretty monolithic party. They all behave the same. They all look the same. It’s pretty much a white Christian party.”
“The Republicans are not very friendly to different kinds of people,” Dean said Monday, responding to a question about diversity during a forum with minority leaders and journalists. “We’re more welcoming to different folks, because that’s the type of people we are. But that’s not enough. We do have to deliver on things: jobs and housing and business opportunities.”
RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman commented on Dean’s quotes last night:
During an earlier event yesterday, [RNC Chairman Ken] Mehlman poked fun at Dean’s comment. At a reception for him by the Republican Jewish Coalition, held at the Duquesne Club, Mehlman quipped: “Good afternoon, my fellow white Christians.”
And just when you thought some intelligent Democrats might step in and try to calm the situation a bit what do they do? Throw some grease on the fire by blaming the “right wing” for making such a big deal out of a few comments:
The No. 2 Democrat in the Senate yesterday blamed “the right wing” and elements of the press “in service to it” for repeating Howard Dean’s remarks about Republicans and inflating them out of proportion.
“I think we all understand what’s happening with you all,” said Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin, in remarks echoing Hillary Rodham Clinton’s blaming a “vast right-wing conspiracy” for her husband’s legal-ethical woes.
“The right wing has got the agenda moving. Fox [News Channel] and everybody’s got the agenda. It’s all about Howard Dean. You’ve bought into it,” Mr. Durbin said.
Just when you thought the Dean circus was heating up and we were in for a really big show comes a few level headed Democrats (I know, I know…no such thing):
But at a private meeting Thursday on Capitol Hill, a number of worried Senate Democrats warned Dean that he had been going overboard and needed to choose his words more carefully.
The former Vermont governor and unsuccessful presidential candidate recently referred to the GOP as “pretty much a white, Christian party” and declared that a lot of Republicans have “never made an honest living in their lives.”
Sen. Russell D. Feingold (D-Wis.) said that at the Capitol Hill meeting, “there couldn’t be any doubt that there was some concern, even by Dean himself,” about how his comments had been received.
The meeting had been scheduled to discuss party strategy before Dean’s controversial comments.
Also Thursday, two Democrats seen as rising stars, Rep. Harold Ford of Tennessee and Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner,? made a point of distancing themselves from Dean’s remarks.
Ford, who plans a Senate run next year, said on the Don Imus radio show that if Dean could not “temper his comments, it may get to the point where the party may need to look elsewhere for leadership, because he does not speak for me.”
Ford later told The Times that Dean was “leading us in a direction that makes it difficult to win. His leadership right now is not serving any of us very well.”
David Limbaugh then throws some more grease on the fire by showing how interesting it is that a few democrats are trying to distance themselves from Dean:
It’s rather amusing, frankly, to see certain Democrats trying to distance themselves from Howard Dean’s latest round of vitriol against the Republican Party, when you consider the systematic slandering most of them have heaped upon President Bush for more than four years.
Assuming you’re not dwelling in a cave with Osama, you’ve heard that Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said that many Republicans “never made an honest living in their lives,” and that the Republican Party is “pretty much a white, Christian party.” (As to the former, remember when Democrats, in their post-election, grief-born introspection promised to redouble their efforts to reach out to the Christian right and “values” voters? As to the latter, I haven’t heard whether Howard cynically attempted this time to pepper his remarks with scriptural passages, as he is wont to do.)
Most of the Democrats who are even bothering to dissociate themselves from Dean’s remarks are ones who aspire to the presidency, such as Sen. Joseph Biden and New Mexico gov. Bill Richardson, who said, variously, that Dean doesn’t speak for all Democrats.
Oh? That’s news to me, since he is occupying precisely the position of one who does speak for Democrats. Indeed, Democrat honchos were well aware of Dean’s proclivity for GOP villification when they deliberately placed him in his current position. And need I remind you that Dean is a perfectly logical successor for Terry McAuliffe, who character-assassinated Republicans for sport?
Democrats knew what they were getting with Dean, and they chose him with malice aforethought. They either affirmatively support his endless defamation or have concluded it’s the price they have to pay to mollify their antiwar, anti-Bush base. Either way, Dean’s words were entirely foreseeable, even predictable.
Which is why it is a little hard to take Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid’s disingenuous suggestion that Dean’s comments were a mistake. Reid said, “Well, I think, as all of you know, that there isn’t a single person that hasn’t misspoken.”
How true, but don’t insult us by trying to pass this off as a misstatement. Did the faux mild-mannered Reid misspeak when he called President Bush a loser to school kids and a liar? As far as I know, he didn’t retract the latter.
Did Hillary Clinton — also, by the way, a Democrat presidential hopeful, who to this point has been coated with a newly acquired Teflon that has immunized her from serious criticism for her intermittent, intemperate remarks — misspeak when she charged that, “There has never been an administration, I don’t believe, in our history more intent upon consolidating and abusing power?”
Or, did someone fail to deliver the memo to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who said Dean had “energized the base of the party. He has a plan for building the infrastructure of the party. People feel very involved in terms of issues, organization and communication?”
So, which is it? Did Mad Howard misspeak, or are his remarks calculated to “energize the base”? (That was a rhetorical question.)
Then there was the dustup over the question and answer session after the Senators met with Dean….apparently those in MSM were crying over Brian Wilson’s questions, especially since they were critical of Dean. The Captain points out:
Leibovich then describes the normal madhouse of impromptu press conferences, especially those for which proper preparations have not been made. According to Leibovich’s own account, the only questions asked of Reid, Dean, and the other Senators present were about Dean’s inflammatory comments and their reaction to them. Leibovich doesn’t bother to name any of the correspondents — except one:
The press chorus then devolved into a cacophony of competing screams. (And Dean knows screams!) After several seconds, a booming voice cut through the noise. It belonged to Brian Wilson, a Fox News correspondent who was standing in the middle of the crowd. He asked Dean “if people are focused on the other things that you’ve said about hating Republicans, about Republicans being dishonest and then this latest comment about the Republican Party is full of white Christians. You say you hate Republicans — does that mean you also” hate white Christians?
Dean didn’t respond and Reid talked about having a “positive agenda.” Wilson was so insistent that at one point, Durbin asked, “Does he run the press conference?” After Reid took the one question of the morning that was not about Dean (it was about Iraq) there were a host of disjointed and semi-decipherable follow-ups (none of which was about Iraq).
Wilson, of course, works for Fox News — the same organization that Durbin tried telling the media is responsible for what comes out of Howard Dean’s mouth. Leibovich castigates Wilson for his insistence on getting an answer from Dean and Reid, even though the two never answered his first question and instead came up with the ironic non-sequitur of having a “positive agenda”. By Leibovich’s own account, Wilson didn’t start the topic, and everyone else save one reporter asked about nothing else other than Dean’s hate-filled rants.
So why did Leibovich single out Fox News and Brian Wilson? Could it have been an effort to prove Dick Durbin’s silly allegation that the entire news media takes its cues from Fox?
So there you have a little roundup of the recent past in regards to The Dean Circus.
My take on it is that most of the liberal Democrats believe exactly what Dean is espousing. No amount of statistical evidence or information of any kind is going to change their mind.
Statistics like: (via Pardon My English)
Let’s do some research for Mr. Dean. A simple look at the exit polls from the 2004 election show that the Democratic Party is not very welcoming.
Here are the the kinds of folks from which President Bush and the Republican Party increased their support:
Women: + 5 points
Blacks: + 2 points
Latinos: + 9 points
Asians: + 2 points
Jewish: + 6 points
All these groups, as well as others, have shown a trend of a change in their support from the Democrats to the Republican party. These upward shifts helped contribute to Bush’s victory in 2004, and the continued downward spiral of the Democratic Party
Or how about the 44% of Hispanics and Asians who voted Republican last election, would consider themselves “white christians”?
Anyways, as you can see, even with evidence to disprove their conspiracies the left will never change their minds. I mean the entire socialist european project is disintegrating before their eyes but they still want socialism for our country…If that doesn’t show you the type of blinders these people have on nothing will.
These people had a real chance to change things after they got beat last year. They could of seen the exit polls and the way the vote turned out and realized they have to disengage themselves from the Deans, the Moveon.org’s, the Soro’s, the Michael Moore’s, and get back to the center where most of the population is. But they blew it and with every single passing day it gets worse for them.
The Anti-Values, Anti-Christian, Anti-American, Anti-Morality, Anti-Everything wing of the Democrat party won.
I for one love it. Please keep Dean on because this just makes me giddy to see the liberal left take the whole Democratic party down with the Titanic.
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