Sunday, November 14, 2004

Howard Dean Hits a '9.5' on the Shrill-o-Meter

Let me add my voice to the shrillness! Is there anyone left (excluding wingnuts) who does not believe that Howard Dean has consistently been the 'Democrat of record' of late? He has impeccable Dem values, he is willing to fight and sometimes angling for one -- rare among his kind (::cough:: Daschle), he always says something worthwhile, he inspires those within earshot, and he is always interesting, something which the Dems can't usually buy (woe), hence face time, hence information dissemination. It's the name o' the game, y'all.

Even before his "colleagues" chopped him off at the knees, he's acted with moral clarity (anti-Iraq War), tirelessly championing Dem values (health care and education, anyone?), burning up the campaign trail on behalf of progressive (actually progressive!) candidates (my friend was sent a check by Democracy for America!), been loyal to John Kerry (defending him against the scurrilous Swift Boat Liars for Opportunistism when Kerry didn't seem able to), and putting aside his personal interests to stand as the representative of a united Dem party. And, boy, do we need him. Also, any public servant who asserts the following about our kowtowed Steno Pool has my undying gratitude:

"How can you get to the conclusion morality was the most important issue in this campaign?" Dean asked. "It's beyond me, but that was what the media was riding. They're entitled to their opinion. It doesn't happen to be the opinion of thoughtful people who are looking." Emphasis mine.

Another morsel from the article:

Though Dean, a Democrat, complimented President Bush, saying he "ran a great campaign" and was "very disciplined," he compared the president to former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, at least in one regard.

"The truth is the president of the United States used the same device that Slobodan Milosevic used in Serbia. When you appeal to homophobia, when you appeal to sexism, when you appeal to racism, that is extraordinarily damaging to the country," Dean charged. "I know George Bush. I served with him for six years [as a fellow governor]. He's not a homophobe. He's not a racist. He's not a sexist. In some ways, what he did was worse ... because he knew better."

You got to love a man who compares the Preznit of Murka to a war criminal while complimenting him. Hunh, if the shoe fits, bomb it, I guess. And, of course, Dean's larger point is worthwhile, too. These cynical bastards would sell their souls and your grandma for another drop of oil for their Hummers with no regard for the damage this will cause to the social fabric, the very meaning of an open and tolerant society, or the fostering of a pernicious bigotry on a scale this country hasn't seen since at least the last "election." More on this latre.
Dissents and Laments


Blogger Dominic. said...

How did this guy not win the primaries?

9:42 PM  

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