Sunday, May 22, 2005

Vintage Howard Dean On "NBC News' Meet The Press"

Click on the title for the full "NBC News' Meet The Press" transcripts, from Tim Russert's interview with DNC chairman Howard Dean. I did not see this morning's interview, but from the transcripts it looks like the same old, tired, and angry rhetoric.

Dr. Dean seems to only appeal to angry people that stand against things and have a very hard time articulating what they stand for. Collectively, the angry people have hijacked the Democratic Party. The very fact that the party chose him (to continue the 2004 election into the midterms and beyond), bears that out. And the good doctor does not disappoint.

Think about it, Democrats. This didn't work in 2000, 2002, 2004 and isn't working today.

When will you get with the program, shut these kinds of embarrassments out, and elevate people that will work to find the great and wonderful plans that you think are better, than the ones being implemented today? When will you see that moderate Americans will not flock to your message (or lack thereof), any longer? When will you see that continuing to press for an indictment of anything Bush, will not win you any more votes?

Democrats desperately need an extreme makeover. But to do so will require them to get rid of the angry, vindictive, and vengeful elements that allow a Chairman Dean, to be possible. It will also require alternative plans to those that they waste an inordinate amount of time slamming. (Okay now, we know you dislike them and we know why. Now once again tell us all, what would you would do differently?)

If a group of Centrist Democrats would take the bold risk and separate themselves from the angry people and would make deals with the President and get something in return, for the common good of the nation, they could reverse the inevitable trend of more losses, in the next two elections. They had better start now, because if they don't the damage may be so severe, it would takes years to recover.

They could do it, if they wanted to. They just don't want to.


Mark said...

I'm gonna have to run the danger of acting like a DU Barking Moonbat and go with the theory that Dean's appoinment as DNC chair was actually orchestrated by none other than Karl Rove!

It's then only theory that makes sense given this exchange between Dean and host Tim Russert:

MR. RUSSERT: In your home state of Vermont, there's a vacancy for the United States Senate about to occur. Bernie Sanders, the congressman from Vermont, wants to run for that seat. He is a self- described avowed socialist.

DR. DEAN: Well, that's what he says. He's really a populist.

MR. RUSSERT: But is there room in the Democratic Party for a socialist?

DR. DEAN: Well, first of all, he's not a socialist, really.


DR. DEAN: He hasn't said that for a while.

MR. RUSSERT: Oh, he has a--he wrote in his book: "Outside or in the House, I am a Democratic socialist."

DR. DEAN: Well, a Democratic socialist--all right, we're talking about words here. And Bernie can call himself anything he wants. He is basically a liberal Democrat...

Ok...Howard Dean, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, tells us that a Socialist is the same as a liberal democrat.
Those of us who have been paying attention knew that already, but it's nice for Mr. Dean to admit to it on national television.

LASunsett said...

Don't worry Mark. He will be tap dancing his way out of damn near the whole interview, by the end of the week. He'll say that it was not how he meant it to sound and/or the whole thing was taken out of context.

That's how snake oil salesmen operate.