With apologies to Ken Mehlman, Howard Dean is quickly becoming the GOP’s favorite party chairman. Like something out of a science fiction movie, Dean seems to represent some sort of nexus in the universe for overwrought emotion, stupidity and arrogance. Like a magical Christmas present, he is the gift that keeps on giving.
Let’s look at the highlights for the past few months. He said that he “hates Republicans,” that conservatives are “evil,” that Republicans “never made an honest living in their lives,” and that the GOP is “pretty much a white, Christian party.” A few months back at a gathering of black Democrats Dean commented that the Republicans couldn’t “get this many people of color in a single room” unless they included “the hotel staff.”
This makes one wonder if he actually tries to say things that make people question his intelligence. Former South Carolina Senator Fritz Hollings was famous for making the sort of embarrassing off-the-cuff remarks that he later had to extricate himself from, leaving some to suggest that he lacked the filter between his brain and his mouth that most people possess. Dean seems to suffer from an advanced case of the same disorder. Either that or he relishes the taste of his own feet.
And all this is from the head of the political party whose leaders claimed that they learned their lesson in the aftermath of the 2004 election. They were going to contest for the “red states” and reach out to Republicans, independents, conservatives, Christians, etc. So how’s that going? Not too good it would seem.
One congressional Democrat aid worried that Dean’s comments gave Republicans an opening to portray the Democrats as “a godless party.” Most Democrats who represent anything that even looks like a red state are criticizing the Deanster, such as New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, Virginia Governor Mark Warner and Tennessee Senate hopeful Congressman Harold Ford.