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Monday, April 25, 2005

Howard Dean Makes The Case For His Party

The Washington Post was finally noticed that the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Howard Dean has been “making unusually caustic remarks about Republicans” in his bid to convince voters to support his party.

The Post notes Dean’s “elbows appear to be as sharp as ever” and quotes Dean referring to Republicans as evil, corrupt, brain-dead and liars.

Dean was noted for his candid and often unpredictable comments during his campaign last year. Then, as now, many Democrats said they don't mind the former Vermont governor's bluntness. "You don't want a wallflower for a party chairman," one Senate Democratic aide said.
Imagine if a Republican had made the same derogatory comments toward any group of people. Would the Democrats mind then and would the news of the comments have remained out of the national news? We’ll go out of a limb and suggest the comments would be on the news 24/7 and splashed on the front page of every major paper in the country.

Dean’s counterparts in the Republican National Committee have noticed.

"It's odd that Howard Dean says he wants to earn the respect of those who live in the red states, but chooses to not only attack their views but attack them personally," RNC spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt said. "Americans want to hear an agenda, rather than name calling."
Red states, blue states – Dean has attacked the majority of Americans, all 62,040,606. It’s hard to believe the sophisticated people in the “blue states” find Dean’s arguments compelling reasons to vote for Democrats. The again, perhaps Dean is just too nuanced for blue-staters like us to understand.

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8 Comments:

At 3:55 AM, Anonymous Jim - PRS said...

But John Bolton is way to blunt to be the Ambassador to the UN.

 
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At 3:31 PM, Anonymous aegidius said...

Oh, please. Really lousy "reporting" from Brian Faler. This is Propaganda 101.

This is the standard treatment of the So-Called Liberal Media (SCLM) of Howard Dean. Rip a statement out of context, apply it in some other way, and pretend to be shocked when it seems extreme.

How do you know whom Dean was really talking about? Faler doesn't tell you. Do you get a full critical statement from Dean, in Dean's own words? Nope, not likely.

All that's happening here is that the Washington Post is following the corporate media practice of fitting something some public figure says into their pre-fabricated script of who that guy is. In Howard Dean's case, the media script is "Dean's a hothead." Therefore, everything he says has to be reported with that interpretation. It's pre-digested, like the worms mommy birds feed to baby birds.

And you expect an RNC political operative such as Tracey Schmitt to give a fair reading to something the chairman of the DNC said? Yeah, just like they've been scrupulous in interpreting Al Gore and John Kerry, and Howard Dean, all along.

Congratulations, you fell for it.

 
At 4:15 PM, Blogger Enlighten said...

Aegidius, what context changes the meaning of:

“I hate the Republicans and everything they stand for.”

"This is a struggle of good and evil. And we're the good."

“Democrats are more in tune with most Americans than Republicans. We need to kick the money changers out of the temple and restore moral values to America," Dean said, drawing roars from the crowd.

Dean, a former Vermont governor and former Democratic presidential candidate, called Santorum, a Republican who is up for reelection in Pennsylvania in 2006, a "liar" and "right-winger

The Republicans are the reverse Robin Hood party -- steal from the poor and give to the rich -- and that is not good for black Americans.”

“They think if you have [former Secretary of State Colin] Powell or [Secretary of State Condoleezza] Rice, this means equal rights,” Dean said, “but the Democratic Party knows equal rights is about hiring power, and we know it’s important that people who make decisions should also be people of color.”

"You think the Republican National Committee could get this many people of color in a single room?" Then Dean added "Only if they had hotel staff in here."

Is every reporter and person quoting Chairman Dean a political operative?

Either Dean made the remarks or didn't. Has he ever denied these and other quotes?

Perhaps you'd like to review the links in these posts:

http://enlightennj.blogspot.com/2005/02/new-jerseys-got-blues.html

http://enlightennj.blogspot.com/2005/04/dean-and-money-changers.html

http://enlightennj.blogspot.com/2005/04/howard-deans-dnc-playbook-chapter-ii.html

http://enlightennj.blogspot.com/2005/04/can-we-at-least-agree-that-we-share.html

Thanks for dropping by to read our blog.

 
At 5:31 PM, Anonymous aegidius said...

Thanks for the welcome. We disagree strongly, but I believe we can be civil, as your response has shown. My pledge: no personal attacks on bloggers or posters here.

Here's some disclosure: I was a Dean campaign volunteer, and attended many Dean Meetups. I now co-host the Union County Democracy for America Meetup. I think we would all be far, far better off if Howard Dean were president.

As to the content of our dispute here, starting with your Feb. 28th post about Dean's remarks during the fundraiser in Kansas. Looking at the best account I can find of the Lawrence, KS event (http://www.ljworld.com/section/citynews/story/197427 ), it's pretty clear to me that Dean meant and means the extremists running the White House and the Congress when he talks about hating the Republicans and all they stand for. I base that on the contrast he makes between "these people" (misinterpreted by yet another hapless reporter as referring to "conservatives," when Dean's focus is clearly much narrower) and "[m]oderate Republicans." Dean's point, clearly, is that right wing extremists (Bush, DeLay, Frist) are running off moderates, and traditional conservatives.

Dean is complaining about "right wing politicians" getting together with "right wing pastors," and telling people what they can or can't do, and attacking tolerance on principle (on the principle that the fundamentalist Christianists know the Absolute Truth of God's Will).

Of course the Republican officials, when asked to respond to Dean's remarks, are going to react in the way that puts Dean in the worst possible light. It's a shame the reporters fall for that blatant spinning, but that's the state of our press today.


Oh, and another thing: You've got a typo in the graphic for the post. I think you mean "Brain-Dead."

 
At 5:35 PM, Anonymous aegidius said...

As for who represents the majority of voters in New Jersey or America, we've got polls to look at to answer that question.

Check out Jay Bookman's recent column in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
http://www.ajc.com/opinion/content/opinion/bookman/index.html

 
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