Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Mean Dean

A few Democrats are getting all twitterpated about Howard Dean making a few unvarnished comments about the Republicans.

While even prominent Democrats in recent days have distanced themselves from some of his comments, the outspoken Dean, appearing on NBC”s “Today” show, said criticism of him is meant by Republicans to divert attention from the country’s problems and make him the issue instead.

Dean told a forum of journalists and minority leaders Monday that Republicans are “not very friendly to different kinds of people, they are a pretty monolithic party … it’s pretty much a white, Christian party.”

Challenged on that during the NBC interview, Dean said “unfortunately, by and large it is. And they have the agenda of the conservative Christians.”

Horrors! How indecorous! In their coverage of the story on ABC World News Tonight, Linda Douglas had clips from prominent Republicans — Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, who is white but Mormon, and Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, who is white but Jewish — to show just how wrong Dr. Dean is. I guess Ms. Douglas couldn’t find a non-white Republican to speak up… there’s never a token around when you need one.

Asked about it on the “Fox & Friends” show, GOP Party Chairman Ken Mehlman joked that “a lot of folks who attended my Bar Mitzvah would be surprised” he heads a Christian party.

“We gotta get ourselves beyond this point where when we disagree about politics, we call the other guy names,” he said.

Oh, that’s wonderful advice, Mr. Mehlman. Why don’t you start with your own party?

The Democrats in the Capitol building get up every morning knowing that to survive they need to do only two things: They lie regularly and they cheat. – Newt Gingrich

Over to you, Ken.