You can tell a lot about a person by who their friends are. The current AG was the first AG in the country to endorse Howard Dean
for president (Journal Sentinel, 12/13/03). She also served as Dean's campaign chair in Wisconsin (Wispolitics, 12/16/03). "What you see is what you get" she said about Dean. She even introduced Dean at an event by saying he has "restored the soul of the Democratic Party."
We agree with President Bush, who said on the campaign trail that he considers the heart and soul of this country to be in small towns all across America.
Well, Dean continues to reveal his true colors. As National Democratic Party chairman, he's continued to make outlandish, divisive, and offensive comments. That's the "soul" of the Dem Party? For the sake of everyone in it, we hope not. Some examples from Dean's recent "open-mouth-insert-foot" run:
- Dean: Republicans are "not very friendly to different kinds of people, they are a pretty monolithic party... it's pretty much a white, Christian party."
- (um, Mr. Dean, which party was it again that named the first African-American secretary of state, the first African-American female secretary of state, the first Latino attorney general, etc... and which party was it again that tried to block the appointment of an honorable African-American federal judge, Janice Rogers Brown? It goes without saying that the Repub. Party is increasingly the home of Latinos, African Americans and so on, and the last election is proof because Repubs. increased their numbers in both categories. Also offensive in this statement is the implication that there's something wrong with holding Christian values. But wait - it's the Republicans who aren't friendly to different kinds of people, just the Dems, at least in Dean World. I guess to Dems like Dean "Christians" don't count as different kinds of people. Anyway, the GOP Party Chairman is Jewish.)
- Dean told a group of progressives recently that Republicans "never made an honest living in their lives."
- (No sarcastic comeback necessary).
- Dean stated that Tom DeLay, House Majority Leader, should go back to Houston to serve his jail sentence.
(DeLay, of course, has not been convicted of any crime. Contrast this to Dean's infamous comment that Osama bin Laden should not be presumed guilty until a trial. So, I guess in Dean World, bin Laden deserves more respect and due process than the House Majority Leader? And, remind me again: This is the man the AG thinks has restored the soul of her party?)