First this week it was Hillary Clinton.
Today, it's-- who else?-- Howard Dean.
Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean, unapologetic in the face of recent criticism that he has been too tough on his political opposition, said in San Francisco this week that Republicans are "a pretty monolithic party. They all behave the same. They all look the same. It's pretty much a white Christian party."
With few exceptions, the same can be said for the Democratic Party. Oh, sure, they rely on a more ethnically diverse party membership. But so what if you're white, black, Latino, or Martian if you're share the same broken mentality as Mad Howard?
"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."
I consider myself pretty friendly. I guess I'm deluding myself. I must be a real jackass.
As for welcoming different folks, well, Dean's got me there. I hate people, people suck.
Dean, speaking in a roundtable discussion Monday, downplayed the controversy over his rhetoric.
"This is one of those flaps that comes up once in awhile when I get tough," Dean said. "We have to be rough on the Republicans. Republicans don't represent ordinary Americans and they don't have any understanding of what it is to go out and try and make ends meet."
Dean said that he had been addressing the matter of Americans standing in long lines to vote.
"What I said was the Republican leadership didn't seem to care much about working people," he said. "That's essentially the gist of the quote."
The gist of my quote is "YEEEEEAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!"
Honestly, how is any of this helpful?
To my Democrat and liberal readers (yeah, I'm speaking to you Ranger), I ask you this: does any of this make any sense, either as good politics *or* an understanding of reality?
Howard Dean is speaking to himself, and people who would rather lose in purity than win in compromise. Unfortunately, there really is a "middle" in this country. It's a big dumb apolitical middle that's easily impressed by flashing lights, but they do exist. And the big dumb middle doesn't like angry people-- either Democrat or Republican.
Howard Dean should get out more. In fact, I'd love him to just show up to Republican events for a week or two, and just listen. Read National Review. Maybe come to a roundtable or two at the Heritage Foundation. Have a discussion, not an argument. I wouldn't expect it to change his mind one bit, but perhaps he'd learn that, you know, Republicans are not the caricatures he's making them out to be.
Then again, that would depend on Howard Dean not being the caricature of the moonbat liberal, wouldn't it?
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