Sunday, February 13, 2005


Putting The Dis Into Discourse

Matt Grills
Dean simply must win. He’s a temper tantrum and a psychotic breakdown all rolled into one unstable little package. This, ladies and gentlemen, is exactly what Democrats need to further isolate them from thinking Americans. A Dean victory guarantees the party will slide further left and, hopefully, into oblivion. Make us proud, Howie.

Washington Post
The Special-Interest Group Hug
Howard Dean Meets Democratic Caucuses

Jonathan Chait
A few weeks ago, when former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean declared his intention to run for chairman of the Democratic National Committee, news reports had the general tone of "Get this, that crazy scream guy is back and he wants to run the party." Now, a week before the vote, his victory is a fait accompli. How did this happen? Are Democrats suicidally crazy?
Bill O'Reilly
"Howard Dean has alienated many people.” O’Reilly gestures towards himself and after a pause, continues: “Me, alright! Because he’s an obnoxious SOB. With all due respect, he is. He’s obnoxious. Now if he gets the DNC Chair, Dean doesn’t like me. Now, I’m willin’ to listen to him. He’s welcome on the program but I don’t like him. Alright! And I’m skeptical of him and that’s not good, Mary Anne, because I’m a guy with an open mind. I’m not anti-Democrat, as you know..."
(Emphasis added; projection in the original.)

L. Brent Bozell III
"...the Democrats are set to name wild-eyed ultraliberal Howard Dean as the new chairman..."

Jonathan Chait (Again!)
Unlike the icy Hillary Rodham Clinton or the hotheaded Howard Dean, Harry Reid does not easily lend himself to hostile caricature.

The National Ledger
Conservative republicans see Dean as a huge liability and easy to paint as the angry red face of the Democratic Party. He says outrageous things that make him appear unhinged, and out-of-touch with not only mainstream America, but with moderate dems as well. But he's poised to become the very public face of the democrats.

(Note: tNL looks very Talon Newsish.)

The National Ledger (again!)
But Howard Dean has little to offer with the exception of bitter hatred and at times uncontrollable anger directed squarely at President George W. Bush.

Craig Chamberlain
The Hamas the democratic wing headed up by "Dr. Scream" Howard Dean is currently in the lead of those who will select the next chairman.
If they select Dean, they remain oblivious to their problems and vow to wage jihad to the bitter end.

UPDATE: Title modified to eliminate the word Republicans, because in some cases party affiliation is not known.

Heh. Matt said "little package".
Dean is the best thing to happen to conservatives...every one of my liberal friends (I'll admit, I have maybe 5), who love the Clintons, say they will not vote at all or vote green if Dean runs the party. Here is an oldie but goodie from Ann which mentions "I Have a Scream" Dean:

Saddam In Custody -- Moore, Soros, Dean Still At Large
June 30, 2004

The Americanization of Iraq proceeds at an astonishing pace, the Iraqis are taking to freedom like fish to water, and the possibilities for this nation are endless. It's hard to say who's more upset about these developments: the last vestiges of pro-Hussein Baathist resistance in Iraq or John Kerry's campaign manager.

The New York Times ran a front-page news story on Sunday about how life was better for Iraqi girls under Saddam Hussein -- living under Saddam, that is, not the girls who were literally under Saddam, Odai and Qusai while they were being raped. The article was titled "For Iraqi Girls, Changing Land Narrows Lives." True, they don't have to run from Odai's rape rooms anymore. But apparently not a single Iraqi female has been admitted to Augusta National Golf Club since the liberation!

The Democrats want Saddam back.

Of course we can't be sure if their presidential candidate wants Saddam back, inasmuch as John Kerry will be in an undisclosed location until Election Day. As Mickey Kaus has pointed out, every time Kerry starts campaigning, his poll numbers plummet. According to a recent New York Times poll, after $60 million in warm and fuzzy TV ads about Kerry, 40 percent of Americans have no opinion of him. In other words, the ads are working! So Kerry will be sitting out the actual campaign this year.

But he's got a lot of surrogates campaigning for him. There's Michael Moore, who has said he hopes more Americans will die in Iraq. His movie, "Fahrenheit 7/11" as we call it, apparently supports the Times' view that life in Iraq was better, sunnier, happier under Saddam Hussein. Moore has also accused the American people of being the stupidest, most naive people on the face of the Earth. And after last weekend, he's got the box office numbers to prove it!

Moore keeps whining about all the right-wing hit groups out to get him. Granted he's a large target (or what's known in baseball as a "fat pitch"). But conservatives are frankly relieved we finally have a liberal who tells the truth about what he thinks of America.

Then there's George Soros, who compared Israel to Nazi Germany and President George Bush to the Nazis. Soros later denied comparing Bush to the Nazis, saying he had merely said Bush reminded him of "the Germans." Hmmm, which Germans was Soros referring to -- the Von Trapp Family? Katarina Witt and Steffi Graf? Eric Braeden from "The Young and the Restless"? Wouldn't Soros like Bush if he were similar to the new pacifist, America-hating Germans? If not, why did liberals keep pestering us to get Germany's approval before we invaded Iraq?

Soros blames President Bush for anti-Semitism, and then proceeds directly to the usual liberal talking points attacking Israel. He says Israeli policies are to blame for anti-Semitism -- coming in a close second after the Von Trapp-like Bush -- and Israel was a large part of the reason the United States went to war with Iraq. Also oil, which would certainly explain why gas is so cheap now.

Apparently, given a choice between: (a) lifting the sanctions against Iraq so oil sales could resume, for the cost of a single phone call, and (b) a war costing $120 billion and nearly 900 U.S. lives so far, Bush chose (b). Seriously, there are still adults in the English-speaking world with opposable thumbs who believe this theory?

And then there's Howard Dean, who thinks Bush was in cahoots with the Saudis -- and he's the centrist of the bunch. I'm looking forward to Dean's address at the Democratic Convention this summer. Rumor has it he'll end with a squeal so high-pitched only dogs will be able to hear it.

I admire their savage energy, but these people want to run the country. Even with all their money and power, I don't think they could get the Haitians to let them govern. But Soros and company think they should be running the United States of America.

Apart from the fact that Kerry won't come out of hiding while allowing the nuts to attack Bush for him, these aren't random nobodies popping up to endorse Kerry. Howard Dean was considerably more likely to be the Democratic nominee for president than Joe Lieberman ever was.

Soros has vowed to spend $15 million to defeat George Bush this year -- buying himself more influence than the entire populations of several states.
Michael Moore's endorsement was proudly accepted by erstwhile Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark, who -- just to counterbalance his own remarks defending infanticide as "a private matter between a woman and her doctor" -- explicitly defended some of Moore's loopier remarks, which is saying something.

Come to think of it, it's no surprise they want Saddam Hussein back. He made the Democrats seem moderate by comparison
I will concede the point that Saddam makes Democrats look moderate. Strange thing though, Bush has managed to make many Iraqis long for Saddam. The rape rooms are under new management. Fallujah will be the Muslim world's Kristalnacht.

Rumsfeld orders the bombing of hospitals and his former company, Bechtel, gets millions of dollars to rebuild them.

Rice's former company, Chevron, will own Iraqi oil fields once the US can finish blackwelling the Iraqi elections.

Bush's family's Carlyle Group makes money off of exploding Bradleys and are in position to sell the killer robots to the Defense Department.

Of course, there is one greed that rules them all. Cheney's precious: Halliburton.
Almost all Democrats hate Karl Rove, but the Republicans think he's the best thing to ever happen to them. Republicans hate Hillary and Bill Clinton, but Democrats - and a majority of Americans - love them.

Who cares what Republicans think? They're never going to like any Democrat we put up there, and the only ones we're going to select are going to be Democrats. Ergo, ignore the Right. They have their own party to control; we don't need them in ours.
So true, Raykha. We have seen what years of Democrats trying to be Republican-Lite have done.

I find it amusing how apoplectic Republicans get when they talk about the "angry Howard Dean".
Re your second Chait link, I actually liked that column (other than the part you quoted disparaging HRC and Dean.) The Reid commentary was quite fair and balanced and gives a lot of insight into the GOP propaganda machine.
Uh... Jonathan Chait is NOT a Republican, guys.
Well this is one Republican who feels sorry (in a way) for the Democrats for voting Dean in as your leader. Believe it or not, alot of us LIKE to have reasoned discourse, but when you get the fiery extremists (whether on the Left OR the Right), you don't get much accomplished. And let's face it, you don't get much more fiery extremist than Howard Dean. If the Dems had put up someone like Tim Roemer, they would have at least had MY respect for daring to put a pro-life person in charge. As it is, the Dems have once again made themselves look like they are the party of all-abortion, all-the-time, the hell with the consequences. Sometimes Centrism ain't so bad, ya know?

And to the person who sarcastically talked about how trying to be "Republican-Lite" had gotten the Dems...yes, it got you 8 years of Bill Clinton in the White House. What more do you want?
I didn't realize it was talk like a Republican day at LA Times. My mistake.
Judging by the squeals from the right, Dean must be a fearsome choice. I'm touched by all the really compassionate conservatives
who want to help the Democrats run the country.
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