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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Is That A Fact?

We’ve been big advocates for fact based political arguments and so we were very happy to read the chairman of the Democratic Party is backing the concept.

"What the propagandists on the right have done is make people afraid to say they are Democrats. We have to be out there. We have to be vocal. We have to be pushing our version of the facts because their version of the facts is very unfactual."--Howard Dean
Now if we could just get our friends on the left to understand there are not two versions of a fact, we’d really think we were making progress. Something is either a fact or it isn’t. Opinion is not fact and maybe that’s where Dean gets tripped up. Then again, Dean might just be confused or a prevaricator. Who knows? We don’t and that’s a fact.

As a matter of fact, we couldn’t find the word “unfactual” in the dictionary. Perhaps Dean just made it up – not a strong start to his new “fact based” campaign. Well, if nothing else, Dean is full of surprising anecdotes.

We had no idea people were afraid to say they are Democrats. A difficult assertion to prove, no doubt. If a guy comes forward and says the Republicans made me afraid to admit I’m a Democrat, well the argument is pretty well shot. But if being “out there” and vocal is the “tell”, then Democrats are everywhere. Not to mention Sluggo, with the help of Mary, pointed out a great example of a vocal and "out there" Democrat on Monday. And I think we can all agree, that’s a fact.



5 Comments:

At 3:58 AM, Anonymous Jim - PRS said...

...their version of the facts is very unfactual."

Definitely an unsmart guy.

 
At 7:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dean is still trying to understand how he lost to "Project Longface" in the Democratic primary. If you lost to Kerry you would have mental problems too.

 
At 9:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reason people are afraid to claim they are Democrats, is because their party has been taken over by people like Ted Kennedy, Hillary Rodham and Howard Dean. There party has become the looney bin of Politics.

 
At 10:12 AM, Blogger Mr. Apropos said...

In the end, I blame KKKark Rove and is evil mind powers(tm) for making Dean spit out that statement. He's tricky that way. But then again, if you say something loud enough in the echo chamber that is Mr. Dean's audience you know you're going to get some traction.

 
At 11:35 AM, Blogger joated said...

Just this past weekend I had two friends (both educated and highly educated)confess they were former Democrats. I say confess because most of our discussions were far from favorable to the left. Both said the same thing: "I didn't leave the party, the party left me." In short, while they were mildly liberal on some social issues, the DNC has moved so far left that they couldn't vote for them. That and the lack of pride in the US, the lack of defense for the US, and the pure negativism on all fronts from economic, to education, to health, etc. just got to be too much.

 

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