Monday, June 13, 2005

Politics: The New Harry S. Truman

"My view is that Fox News is a propaganda outlet of the Republican Party and that I don't comment on Fox News."

Kick ass. That was Howard Dean's response when asked to comment on Darth Cheney's interview that will air on Hannity tonite. from the interview, here's some of Cheney's side of the mouth crap:
[link] "Howard Dean is "over the top," Vice President Dick Cheney says, calling the Democrats' chairman "not the kind of individual you want to have representing your political party."

"I've never been able to understand his appeal. Maybe his mother loved him, but I've never met anybody who does. He's never won anything, as best I can tell," Cheney said in an interview to be aired Monday on Fox News Channel's "Hannity & Colmes."

Nah. Never won anything...from Howard Dean's bio:
Dean was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1983 to 1985. He was elected lieutenant governor of Vermont in 1986 and was reelected in 1988 and 1990. He became governor upon the death of Governor Richard A. Snelling on August 14, 1991. Elected to a full term in November 1992, he was reelected in November 1994, November 1996, November 1998, and November 2000. A past chairman of the National Governors Association, the Democratic Governors' Association, and the New England Governors' Conference, he also served on the National Education Goals Panel and was co-chair of NGA's Task Force on Health Care.

And that's from his Governor's bio, so it doesn't mention that he won his post as DNC chair as well.
...Dean said Saturday that positive responses from influential supporters have reinforced his determination to keep talking tough.

"People want us to fight," Dean told the national party's executive committee. "We are here to fight."

Addressing Iowa party activists later Saturday in Des Moines, he added: "We need to be blunt and clear about the things we're going to fight for. I'm tired of lying down in front of the Republican machine. We need to stand up for what we believe in."

I hear ya Howard. Go sign the "Howard Dean Speaks for Me" petition here.

Oh, and the Harry Truman part? Well as Truman famously said, "I don't give 'em hell, I just tell the truth and they think it's hell." Dean is taking up that task nicely.

[FOLLOW-UP]: Since I never put together the post I had planned about the whole Dean comments flap, I thought I'd just quickly tack this on here. This was my initial response to Dean's comments on Meet the Press (which I started watching, but never finished), posted as a comment at Steve Gilliard's blog:
I've seen it described that Dean was referring to Republican leadership/elite being the guys who never worked a full day.

Not in the context of that 'graph.

Dean fucked up. He was making fun of the other side/scoring points with audience and using too broad a brush. Nothing new there, and I am a HUGE Dean fan, but this is classic stuff from him.

He could have made the exact same point even more biting (rather than more delicately) if he clarified evenslightly who he was talkng about.

No need to insult the millions of hard-working folks who are Republicans simply out of ignorance. Howard's been trying to reach them for years, and this was a bone-headed way to do it.

That was before all the prominent Dems (Edwards, Biden, Pelosi...) threw Dean under the bus in order to kiss ass to the likes of Russert & Co. Fuck you guys. Howard Dean is speaking his mind and telling the truth. At the end of the day, everyone will know where Dean stands which is more than I can say about any of you or the Democratic Party as a whole. You might take a lesson from that, you insecure, scared, kiss-ups. Howard Dean is the changing of the guard, and you clowns are crapping your pants over it, and it's starting to soak through that we can all see it now.

Here are the links I was going to reference. Steve G here and here.; Salon here; Jann Wenner here.; The Rude Pundit blocks for Dean here; And Ezra has a good response to Matt Y's good point.

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