Howard Dean is “over the top,” Vice President Dick Cheney says, calling the Democrats’ chairman “not the kind of individual you want to have representing your political party.”
“I’ve never been able to understand his appeal. Maybe his mother loved him, but I’ve never met anybody who does. He’s never won anything, as best I can tell,” Cheney said in an interview to be aired Monday on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity & Colmes.”
His mother? Okay, Howard Dean threw the red meat to the base with the talk about the Republicans, but I’m pretty sure he didn’t go after Barbara Bush. (Full disclosure: I’ve met Howard Dean’s mother. She’s very nice, but she doesn’t take shit from anybody.) As for the “never won anything” crack, let’s let the facts speak for themselves:
[Dean] began his political career in the early 1980’s as the Chittenden County (Vermont) Democratic Party chair. In 1983, Dean was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives. He was then elected lieutenant governor in 1986 and was re-elected in 1988 and 1990. He became Vermont’s governor upon the death of Governor Richard A. Snelling on August 14, 1991.
Elected to a full term in November 1992, Governor Dean was re-elected four more times.
Even Fox News catches that little boo-boo.
So we’ve had three weeks of right-wing screeching and pundit jowl-shaking about Howard Dean’s “over the top” comments. What do you think will be the reaction to Vice President Cheney’s rather personal — if not a little odd — comments about Mrs. Dean and the fact that he doesn’t know his political history from a load of hay?
Cue the crickets…