There is a “controversy” going on over Howard Dean’s comment that Republicans aren’t affected by the short voting hours because they “have never made an honest living in their lives.” Well, I was there when he said it, and everyone knew what he meant. It was obvious he was talking about Repubican leaders and funders. Duh.
John Edwards is reported to have “criticized” the remarks and “distanced” himself from Dean. “The chairman of the DNC is not the spokesman for the party,” Edwards reportedly said at a Democratic Party fundraiser in Tennessee. Well, Edwards clarifies this today at his blog:
“What a flap has arisen over a disagreement about the way something is said! I was in Nashville over the weekend, thanking the good people of Tennessee who supported the Democratic presidential ticket this year, when I was asked whether I thought that it was fair to say that people who were Republican hadn’t done a good day’s work. Of course, I didn’t think so, and I said that. I don’t think our DNC chair, Howard Dean, would put it that way again if asked either.
[. . .] Howard and I have been saying the same thing about this for years. Hear that? The same thing. For years. Have I ever put it some way that Howard wouldn’t agree with? Probably. And he put it in a way, once, just the other day, that I can’t agree with, since I come from a place where hard-working people, who are better served by the agenda and passion of the Democrats, somehow still vote Republican.
[. . .] The safety net is eroding. The ladder has been pulled up. This is not new. For more than two decades, the Republican Party has talked about an agenda that addresses concerns of working people while they have passed an agenda that serves the goals of the wealthiest among us. Howard and I know that these are the wrong choices for America. We won’t always use the same words. But we will always fight the same fight: for the dignity, the respect, and the rights of those who built this country, the working people in America.”
Biden’s remarks are another story.
A few other blogs and articles on this:
Chris comments at MyDD, “The person who really needs to be ashamed is the AP reporter who characterized Edwards’ comments as “criticism” in the headline of the orignal piece.”
eRiposte at Left Coaster, “But Dean’s remarks sounded so strong that that was perhaps not the best approach.”
Salon, Much Ado About Dean.
Stirling Newberry at BOPNews, “The Left Coaster has his take and other people have theirs. Let me give you FDRs take. Don’t criticize the Republican Party, or Republicans. Criticize the “Republican Leadership”. It isn’t hard, it is an old rule, and it worked for FDR.”
Several Kos diaries that have scrolled away…