Monday, June 6, 2005

Big Help

One point I’ll concede to the Republicans: they know how to unify their message. Sometimes I think the Democrats’ biggest problem is that they don’t. For example:

Democrats Joseph Biden and John Edwards are criticizing party chairman Howard Dean, saying his rhetorical attacks on Republicans have gone too far.

Dean has said Republicans never made an honest living in their lives and House Majority Leader Tom DeLay ought to go back to Houston where he can serve his jail sentence. DeLay has not been accused of any crime.

Dean “doesn’t speak for me with that kind of rhetoric and I don’t think he speaks for the majority of Democrats,” Biden, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

While discussing the hardship of working Americans standing in long lines to vote, Dean said Thursday, “Republicans, I guess, can do that because a lot of them have never made an honest living in their lives.”

Edwards responded that Dean “is not the spokesman for the party.”

With all due respect, Mr. Edwards, but since Dr. Dean is the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, that does make him the de facto spokesman for the party. And Senator Biden, why don’t you get that big old stick out of your ass and stop running for president?

Dr. Dean is known for his dry sense of humor and his ability to get a rise out of people — qualities that are not much appreciated by far too many people — and anybody that listens to him for any length of time would know that. And it’s not like we didn’t know that when he got the job back in February. My advice to the Democrats who go on TV and get asked about it should just chuckle and say something along the lines of “Oh, that Howard Dean — he’s quite a caution, isn’t he?” and then get back to the real things that matter, like the wholesale destruction of our economy at the hands of the Republicans.