Monday, April 25, 2005

Go Howard

From the Washington Post:

Howard Dean may not be running for anything, but his elbows appear to be as sharp as ever.

Since taking over as chairman of the Democratic National Committee earlier this year, the former presidential candidate has been quoted in newspapers making unusually caustic remarks about Republicans.

Dean has suggested that they are “evil.” That they are “corrupt.” He called them “brain-dead” during a stop in Toronto — and while the Terri Schiavo case was still in the news. He has tagged Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) as a “liar.” Last week, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that he mimicked a “drug-snorting Rush Limbaugh” at an event there.

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. Dean’s remarks have not attracted much attention in the national media, in part because he has focused largely on local and regional news outlets since taking the party’s helm in February.

But his 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.”

May I direct Ms. Schmitt’s attention to the posting below or any press conference held by Tom DeLay for a fine example of name-calling, and remind her that when it comes to an agenda, we have yet to hear one from the Republicans on how to reform Social Security (private accounts don’t do that), how to restructure our energy policy to lower costs and provide for the future (ANWR doesn’t do that), or how to reduce the deficit that wasn’t there four years ago (more tax cuts for the rich doesn’t do that). After all, the Republicans are supposed to be the party in charge; if so, let them demonstrate their much-vaunted leadership. Meanwhile, quit whimpering about a little humor at your expense and get to work.