Dean Defends Dean; Democratic Unity


After making more ridiculous comments, Howard Dean refuses to back down. Dean has decided to defend himself against against Republicans by saying,

Republican critics were trying to divert attention from their own failures.

However, Dr. Dean that explains Republicans but what about your own party?

Democratic Party boss Howard Dean, under fire for blunt comments about Republicans, refused to back down on Wednesday and said Republican critics were trying to divert attention from their own failures.

Republicans attacked Dean for saying in San Francisco on Monday, when asked about the lack of outreach to minorities by political parties, that Republicans are “pretty much a white, Christian party.”

Republicans accused Dean of trying to divide Americans by religion and faith. Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia called the comments “Howard Dean’s games of division and hate.” House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s spokesman, Ron Bonjean, said “Dean likes the taste of his own foot.”

Even Democrats grumbled about Dean’s judgment and choice of words.

To be honest it would appear more that Howard Dean is dividing the Democratic Party as well. Go to it Howie, keep on talking. Let the Democratic Civil War begin.

After that, Democratic Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware said Dean did not speak for him or a majority of Democrats, and Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico and former vice presidential nominee John Edwards also distanced themselves from Dean. All are potential 2008 presidential contenders.

With Democrats gaining strength in public opinion polls and winning some battles on Capitol Hill, party officials hoped to concentrate on their policy agenda and not spend time defending Dean, who will appear before Senate Democrats at a private luncheon on Thursday and the Democratic National Committee’s executive committee on Saturday.

“Did he make a mistake with these comments? Absolutely,” Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut told CNN on Wednesday. “Howard is doing a good job … he could have chosen better words.”

Now it appears that because the division is beginning to occur in a public way, The Democratic Party is going to show a pseudo show of unity that frankly no one is buying. Damage control is now in effect for the Dem’s.

WASHINGTON — A round of criticism from fellow Democrats and major donors about Howard Dean’s four-month tenure as Democratic National Committee chairman has prompted Senate leaders to rise to his defense at a public event planned for today.

Originally scheduled as a private meeting between Dean and the leadership team of Senate minority leader Harry Reid of Nevada, today’s session instead will now include a news conference and photo opportunity as a public embrace of Dean, who has rocked the political world over the past week with provocative condemnations of the Republican party. On recent occasions, Dean has said many Republicans ”never made an honest living in their lives,” described the Republican Party as ”pretty much a white, Christian party,” and declared that House majority leader Tom DeLay of Texas, who is facing ethics questions but has not been charged with any crime, ought to go back to Houston where he can serve his jail sentence.

”I do not agree with those comments,” said Representative Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, the House Democratic whip. ”A party chairman’s job is to organize the party, to support policy-makers.”

Despite criticism of his remarks since the weekend from Hoyer and other congressional Democrats, Dean yesterday refused to back down, asserting in an interview on NBC’s ”Today Show” that Republicans are ”outside the mainstream.” In an interview last month with the Globe, the former presidential candidate said Republican policy makers had ”gone off the deep end,” and called the party’s stance on gay marriage and other cultural issues ”despicable.”

Some leading Democrats and major donors are concerned that Dean is jeopardizing the party’s ability to reach beyond its traditional base to win close elections, particularly for the White House. Dean has repeatedly said his goal is to build the party’s ranks not only in Democratic-dominated states, but also in culturally conservative regions where Republicans usually prevail.

Most of the criticism of Dean has come from prospective presidential candidates in 2008, such as Senator Joseph Biden of Delaware, who said Dean does not speak for the majority of Democrats, and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, who said Dean is not the spokesman for the Democratic Party.

”Time will tell” whether Dean has undercut his standing, said Harold Ickes, a longtime Clinton adviser who supported Dean’s bid for DNC chairman. ”There are people who are unhappy about it and think his comments are less than helpful. Some of his comments will reinforce the view that he sometimes talks before he really thinks through the implications.”

Posted June 9, 2005 by
Howard Dean, Politics | 5 comments

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    5 Responses to “Dean Defends Dean; Democratic Unity”

    1. Jacob on June 9th, 2005 2:16 pm

      I think Howard Dean did too much binge drinking in his younger days – which he even admits to, he seems to have lost quite a few brain cells.

      The GOP party is far from white christian, just today the Attorney General, who is of Hispanic descent, was on the news, and the judge who got promoted yesterday Janice Rogers is African-American, seems Dean enjoys overlooking these little facts. With John Kerry releasing his report card the other day, and seeing the amount of “D”s on it, perhaps Dean and Kerry were in the same special-ed classes as children.

    2. Tom on June 9th, 2005 2:24 pm

      I like that one , the little bus for Democratic Presidential Candidates

    3. aahpat (Pat Rogers) on June 9th, 2005 2:50 pm

      Our damned inconvenient democracy

      Is based on a Philadelphia Inquirer column by Dick Polman that aptly illustrates the basic failed logic of attacking the discussions going on in the Democratic party regarding Dean’s political statements. Republicans and their columnists seem to have a fundamental(ist) problem with democratic institutions. Debate, dissent and discourse are natural and healthy to any functioning democracy. To call debate “fratricide” as Polman does demonstrates complete ignorance of democracy. And he is a political columnist in America. I can understand this level of ignorance about democracy from Republicans but not from American media pontificators.

    4. Horse Radish on June 10th, 2005 2:13 pm

      I think the good doctor is self medicating. Nothing else could explain his irrational behavior.

      Another example of the democratic national party “shooting itself in the foot”!

    5. Diamond on June 11th, 2005 6:27 pm

      I am proud we finally have a democrat that has the nerve to say exactly how it is.This country is going to hell in a hand basket fast. Gas prices,unemployment,health insurance,and now screwing with social security.Not to forget to mention a war we started and later finding out there was no weapons of mass destruction.What an embarrasment for us as Americans and our country.And Korea said they are not going to stop their nuclear weapons and what do we do about that? Nothing! Hope it stays that way too for our sake.I think Korea will mop the floor up with us.Someone needs to slow the ranting raving republicans down and keep them at bay or the whole world will be against us trying to tell everybody how to run their country.We only have so much military and it is depleting fast and recuiting isn’t look good.Or at least wait until we finish one war before we start a new one.So……Good for Dean….The other democrats are embarassed for the media attention only but you can believe they are high fiving him behind the scenes.

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