And the Washington Times is happy today, Democrats decry Dean’s rhetoric,
Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut — who like Mr. Dean sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004 — said he doesn’t think he will be the only one to recommend an apology when the chairman meets for lunch today with Senate Democrats.
“I thought the comment that he made about the Republican Party being a white, Christian party was just way over the top,” Mr. Lieberman said. “It was divisive and wrong, and I hope he apologizes for it.”
Too many Democrats, like Lieberman, are criticizing Dean! How does that help us? Do you hear Republicans criticizing each other in public? Bill at Liberal Oasis says,
They all have done nothing but feed the GOP narrative that our party leader has contempt for voters.
[. . .] Instead, they could have stood with Dean, put Dean’s words in proper context, and amplified the message Dean was trying to send, not the message the GOP is trying to send.
Question, when was the last time you heard Lieberman calling for an apology from a Republican for remarks about Democrats or Liberals? The Agonist says,
“…when was the last time you saw an orgy of recriminations in Republican ranks about what Tom DeLay said? He is certainly a lot more powerful than Dean.”
Atrios has a good solution,
“So if you’re a wee bit unhappy with the way the spoiled brat Dem insiders are behaving, go give Howard Dean a few bucks.”
“you know, the idea that you have to wait on line for eight hours to cast your ballot in Florida — there’s something the matter with that. You think people can work all day and then pick up their kids at child care or wherever, and get home and then have a — still manage to sandwich in an eight-hour vote? Well, Republicans, I guess, can do that, because a lot of them have never made an honest living in their lives.”
It was clear what he MEANT. It was a great line. You have to parse that pretty closely to dig out the line people are complaining about. But Republicans talk about “Democrats” and “liberals’ all the time. THEY never specify “Democratic party leaders.”
I thought the things Dean said were quite good, and are exactly the kind of things the country needs to be hearing. It’s called a strategic narrative, a “story” that leaves an impression. The Republicans have a narrative about Democrats being treasonous, weak America-haters and they say it all the time. They say terrible things about ALL Democrats and liberals because it advances the narrative. Well, Dean is advancing a narrative about Repubicans, and it is a good one and it is the right one and it is true. Good for him!
But beyond that, Democrats should not be aiding the Right’s efforts to divide us. The “Dean’s mouth” story is a right-wing narrative. It is driven by Drudge and the rest of them. Don’t fall for it. If you want to attack someone, attack someone who is on the other side.
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Update – What he says.