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Howard Dean Again Ratchets up Anti-Bush Rhetoric.
July 31, 2005 6:40 PM   Subscribe

Howard Dean Again Ratchets up Anti-Bush Rhetoric, this time blaming the President's right-wing supreme court for the recent Kelo ruling. These comments strike some as confusing, seeing as how none of the justices at the time were appointed by the President, and 3 of the dissenters are considered to be the most conservative members on the bench.
posted by dsquid (73 comments total)

 
What an idiot. His handler needs to stop letting him out of his cage.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 6:43 PM on July 31, 2005


I'm sorry, is this your political blog? I was looking for MetaFilter. I think this is amberglow's fault.

Nevertheless, if Dean actually said this:

"The president and his right-wing Supreme Court think it is 'okay' to have the government take your house if they feel like putting a hotel where your house is..."

...in reference to Kelo, it is completely false.
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 6:43 PM on July 31, 2005


Yes, it's sad but true. The Lefties on the court are responsible both for Kelo and (Along with Scalia) for overturning California's medical Marijuana laws.

The rest of his statements are resonable, though.
posted by delmoi at 6:47 PM on July 31, 2005


Remember that the same SCOTUS responsible for the Kelo ruling is also responsible for installing Bush in 2000. In light of two upcoming judicial seats opening up, Dean's insightful, relevant comments make perfect sense to me, insofar as they draw attention to the consequences of rulings made by this oft-overlooked third wing of government.
posted by Rothko at 6:48 PM on July 31, 2005


I wonder how Roberts feels about Kelo and, um, that other one.
posted by delmoi at 6:48 PM on July 31, 2005


Ethereal sez: "I'm sorry, is this your political blog?"

Excuse me? What?
posted by dsquid at 6:49 PM on July 31, 2005


Well, I, personally, don't know if the president thinks it's 'okay' for the government to take your house if they feel like putting a hotel where your house is, though, given Bush's experience with the Texas Rangers, I think it's a reasonable inference to make.

And I don't want to hear anyone who ever supported Bush get all into a hizzy because someone said something that sounded good but was at odds with fact-based reality.
posted by deanc at 6:50 PM on July 31, 2005


Damn straight, deanc.
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 6:53 PM on July 31, 2005


are you kidding? townhall.com ? lets have a look at their columnists: Ann Coulter, David Limbaugh, Oliver North, Chuck Colson, Larry Kudlow, Robert Novak ?


this post sucks.
posted by specialk420 at 7:09 PM on July 31, 2005


Holy wow. Dean Said that??? Stop the presses!
posted by destro at 7:14 PM on July 31, 2005


Dean is great. He's the second coming of Kruschev... Up is down, black is white, the evil republicans did this not us, blah blah blah
posted by TetrisKid at 7:17 PM on July 31, 2005


Hmm. Y'know, dsquid, I saw this article five days ago, and germanely mentioned it in a thread,

What I didn't do is post it to the front page, because people who do such things should GTOBFW.
posted by Kwantsar at 7:18 PM on July 31, 2005


"A pro-life Democrat, unlike a pro-life Republican, cares about kids after they're born, not just before," Dean said.

This comment is highly irresponsible on his part, if it's an accurate quote. He basically just acknowledged what pro-lifers have spouted all along, which is that a pregnant woman is, in fact, carrying a "kid" or baby, or person. To his defense, though, he probably got all hysterical after reading MetaFilter one too many times.
posted by SeizeTheDay at 7:19 PM on July 31, 2005


This comment is highly irresponsible on his part, if it's an accurate quote. He basically just acknowledged what pro-lifers have spouted all along, which is that a pregnant woman is, in fact, carrying a "kid" or baby, or person.

If I had said "A pro-sex Democrat, unlike a pro-sex Republican, cares about kids after they're concived, not just before," Dean said."

Would that then mean I belive people are people before they are concived?
posted by delmoi at 7:24 PM on July 31, 2005


He called an embryo and a fetus a "kid". As a pro-choice politician, that type of comparison is irresponsible. And the particular problem with his terminology is that he said "born", which represents any of the nine months of pregnancy, including the day after conception. But be my guest and blindly defend that raving lunatic.
posted by SeizeTheDay at 7:32 PM on July 31, 2005


He basically just acknowledged what pro-lifers have spouted all along, which is that a pregnant woman is, in fact, carrying a "kid" or baby, or person.

Read the quote more carefully. He compared a pro life Democrat with a pro life Republican, both of which believe that life begins at conception. The distinction he was trying to make was the Democrats also care for the health, welfare and education of the child once it's born. Republicans... not so much.
posted by psmealey at 7:33 PM on July 31, 2005


"Howard Dean Again Ratchets up Anti-Bush Rhetoric"

I don't think this rhetoric is any more anti-bush than his previous rhetoric.
I do think that you have an axe to grind, and that you're using my favorite website to do it.

This post sucks, GYOBFW.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 7:34 PM on July 31, 2005


I'll acknowledge your point, psmealey, but I still don't believe that Dean did women any favors with that comment.
posted by SeizeTheDay at 7:35 PM on July 31, 2005


To GTOBFW or not GTOBFW ? That is the question.
posted by y2karl at 7:43 PM on July 31, 2005


kwanstar: I know I should stick with reading the shit they send me from AARP, but can you tell me what GTOBFW means?

Is it, Get The Off Because Fucking What? Really, I might even agree with you, if I knew what you effing said.
posted by snsranch at 7:43 PM on July 31, 2005


BTW, I forgot to say, "GODAMMIT!" Thank you.
posted by snsranch at 7:46 PM on July 31, 2005


GYOBFW.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 7:46 PM on July 31, 2005


Baby_B: Axe to grind? What are you basing that on? My one Dean post...ever? I found the posts over on Kos interesting, which is why I linked it. Seems sort of strange to me that partisans from both sides are raising their eyebrows this time.

If you don't like it...sorry. I'll try harder next time, just for you.
posted by dsquid at 7:47 PM on July 31, 2005


dsquid, don't sweat it. This place was insanely pro-Dean before he got spanked in Iowa.
posted by SeizeTheDay at 7:49 PM on July 31, 2005


I parse it as "Get your own blog, fuck-wit". I'm pretty sure about the "Get your own blog" part. The "FW" I'm not so sure about.

He called an embryo and a fetus a "kid". As a pro-choice politician, that type of comparison is irresponsible. And the particular problem with his terminology is that he said "born", which represents any of the nine months of pregnancy, including the day after conception. But be my guest and blindly defend that raving lunatic.

Yeah, only a raving lunatic could have given his state universal health care and an balanced budget. Sane people would have just run the state into the ground while paying back their political cronies. After all, that's how most states are run, right?

Howard Dean is painted as an "Insane Liberal" because he obviously doesn't like Republicans, even though his policies are actually quite moderate (which is why I liked him, before all the Dean Hoopla started up).

Dean says what a lot of democrats really think, and that's why he brings in the big money. Every time dean says something "stupid" cash pours in, especially if he gets bashed by the right over it.

"Before their born" not only applies to the 9 months of gestation, and the 14 billion or so years before they were conceived. "Jesus died before I was born" is a perfectly acceptable thing to say, and doesn't imply that Jesus was died between august of 1979 and may of 1980.

You can logically parse the comment from here to infinity, but It's a statement consistent with general usage, and doesn't mean anything. It's not a piece of legislation, it's not a court decision, it's just an offhand comment. Offhand comments don't hurt anyone, and I seriously doubt any conservatives are going to run around spouting off about how Dean believe life begins at conception, therefore we are right. Or something.

What people like about dean is that he says what he thinks, rather then coming across like a smooth talking politician sounding pretty and meaning nothing.

Then we get people like you who run around claming that because he's not 100% on message, he's clearly a lunatic.
posted by delmoi at 7:59 PM on July 31, 2005


GTOBFW is a less common variant of GYOBFW, which are (respectively) short for "get their own blogs, fuckwits" and "get your own blog, fuckwit."

I don't really think that you're a fuckwit, by the way-- but many of us (as you can tell by the comments in this thread) think this isn't really anything close to The Best of the Web.

Some here would correctly guess that I loathe Howard Dean (IMO a disingenuous commie) more than I loathe the Republicans, but I try to be an equal opportunity critic of shitty posts.
posted by Kwantsar at 8:02 PM on July 31, 2005


This post does not fit with the collective metafilter agenda, get your own blog so we can ignore opposing views.
posted by Mick at 8:09 PM on July 31, 2005


Also: MetaFilter isn't your blog, it's Y2Karl's.
posted by Mick at 8:10 PM on July 31, 2005


only a raving lunatic could have given his state universal health care

For children under 18, but it's clever how you forgot that.

What people like about dean is that he says what he thinks, rather then coming across like a smooth talking politician sounding pretty and meaning nothing.

You could say that about President Bush as well. They're both idiots with too much influence.

Dean says what a lot of democrats really think, and that's why he brings in the big money.

Dean definitely brings in a lot of money, but not because of what he says, but how he says it. He's willing to play dirty; a characteristic that Kerry and Edwards were unable to pull off. THAT'S why he has influence; he's able to piss of Republicans. It's a sad state of affairs when the head of the Democratic Party is a juvenile name-caller. But enough about him; he doesn't deserve the attention.
posted by SeizeTheDay at 8:11 PM on July 31, 2005


Unfortunately, I'm too outrage-exhausted to be bothered by much anymore, so whatever BS dean is spouting gets a "meh, whatever" free pass, due to the current Administration having already ground me down into dust :-)
posted by -harlequin- at 8:11 PM on July 31, 2005


Some here would correctly guess that I loathe Howard Dean (IMO a disingenuous commie)

Ah, yes, because any Democrat whom you disagree with is a commie. Really, you couldn't you have come up with something better than that?
posted by deanc at 8:14 PM on July 31, 2005


So let me see, you link to a pseudo-news site that quotes half-sentences more often than even giving the context of a single sentence. In fact, the only recent "news" is a half a sentence that is hardly ratcheting up the rhetoric. This post is a waste of energy. If you want to Dean bash, do it semi-competently, or stick to a no-thinking blog.
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 8:16 PM on July 31, 2005


"get their own blogs, fuckwits" and "get your own blog, fuckwit."

Thank you!! I couldn't agree more!
posted by snsranch at 8:20 PM on July 31, 2005


You have know idea how it warms my heart to see FW's like dsquid wet themselves over Howard Dean. It increases my admiration for Dean 10-fold and proves that the Dems are finally getting back on the right track.
posted by RavinDave at 8:23 PM on July 31, 2005


What people like about dean is that he says what he thinks, rather then coming across like a smooth talking politician sounding pretty and meaning nothing.
You could say that about President Bush as well. They're both idiots with too much influence.

Bush's misstatements mostly revolve around screwing up words or grammar. I don't remember him being "off message" even once. I really don't see how you can compare the two.

I'd guess you'd rather democrats be polite while Rome burns, rather then calling out the idiots fiddling. I don't see that as much of a virtue.
posted by delmoi at 8:24 PM on July 31, 2005


harlequin, i agree totally, i cant even muster a good froth anymore. Of course i've already determined that we are screwed. Doomed, armageddon. dark age.. the whole bit. I still blame the GOP, but once you have internalized your own likely premature mortality, it helps you carry on.
posted by MrLint at 8:32 PM on July 31, 2005


Oldnewsfilter.
The townhall item is from THREE WEEKS AGO. Dean got raked over the coals on the right-wing blogs for this THREE WEEKS AGO. I heard the story and made up my mind about it then. The attempt to keep the story alive at non-right-wing sites like Kos (FIVE DAYS AGO) and here now smells like Rovian Disinformation Campaign.
posted by wendell at 8:33 PM on July 31, 2005


What people like about dean is that he says what he thinks

what i don't like about him is that what he thinks is plainly illogical, at least in this particular case ... i'm not a fan of townhall.com by any means, but in this instance, they're doing the public a service by pointing out the incoherency of dean's statements

i'm beginning to think that dean is more demogogue than anything else ... and not even that good at it
posted by pyramid termite at 8:39 PM on July 31, 2005


I wonder if Howard Dean is actually head of the DNC as part of a plot by the Bush Administration and/or Carl Rove. I can't think of someone more suited to assuring than no Democratic candidate is elected President in my lifetime.
posted by ParisParamus at 8:40 PM on July 31, 2005


I still don't see the Democrats as fundamentally different from the Republicans -- remember Dean is a Republican Lite rather than the Commie Menace they painted him as -- but it's sometimes amusing to see y'all partisans bicker.
posted by davy at 8:43 PM on July 31, 2005


A Dean-trashing story sourced from CNSNews.com (tagline: Right News, Right Now), via a right-wing website.

That's about as credible as if I posted this as news.
posted by mosch at 8:53 PM on July 31, 2005


Townhall? Come on.
posted by bshort at 9:10 PM on July 31, 2005


You guys keep attacking the site, which I'll admit is questionable, but is there any proof that their reporting is incorrect?
posted by SeizeTheDay at 9:16 PM on July 31, 2005


SeizeTheDay: to me it's not whether it's correct or not, but that it's irrelevant. Some people will say anything to get themselves or their friends elected, but it doesn't mean it means anything.
posted by davy at 9:19 PM on July 31, 2005


Thank you for providing a hook to end my piece Jean Schmidt: Quack, Quack Quack.

/link whoring
posted by Reverend Mykeru at 9:19 PM on July 31, 2005


what i don't like about him is that what he thinks is plainly illogical, at least in this particular case

Everyone says something that's slightly illogical every once in a while, and yes this was a mistake. It's crazy to say that no politician should ever error in their statements, I have no idea why people think they should.

If you applied the same standard you hold Howard Dean to pretty much any regular MeFi poster we'd all be shipped off to the insane asylum. I really don't understand why people think Howard Dean is "crazy" or whatever, when they only look at out of context, half-sentence quotes.
posted by delmoi at 9:23 PM on July 31, 2005


I really don't understand why people think Howard Dean is "crazy" or whatever

AAAAAARRRRRGGGGGGHHHHH!

Do you really not understand? He was at a critical moment in his campaign. He was delivered a stinging blow in Iowa, after being a heavy favorite to win the Democratic ticket, and the entire country was expecting some compelling, awesome rally speech that instilled a new confidence going into New Hampshire. Instead, the world saw what appeared to be a candidate who just lost his marbles. The rest was history.
posted by SeizeTheDay at 9:34 PM on July 31, 2005


SeizeTheDay,

Re: Losing marbles: you have led a very sheltered life.
posted by hackly_fracture at 9:41 PM on July 31, 2005


And no, it wasn't just the scream. It was the fact that he had so much momentum, so much cash, and so much energy going into Iowa and his loss was devastating. I think he probably could have recovered, but passion got the better of him and he made a huge political faux paux.

FWIW, he wasn't that great a candidate to begin with; he just discovered a new fundraising tactic that empowered internet users. And that, along with being the media favorite for a year before the primary season even started, helped propel him into contention. Which is precisely why he's the DNC Chair now. He's loud, well-known, and is a great money machine. The fact that he's a bit nuts doesn't matter because the DNC needs a pitbull, and they got one.
posted by SeizeTheDay at 9:42 PM on July 31, 2005


faux pas, sorry.

And sorry, hackly, but I'm fairly sure that 50 million voters out there aren't willing to put a "screamer" into the office of most powerful man in the world.
posted by SeizeTheDay at 9:46 PM on July 31, 2005


SeizeTheDay,

agree with you on the "not that great a canidate to begin with" part. Dirty secret of the left, that.
posted by hackly_fracture at 9:57 PM on July 31, 2005


How in the hell can anybody call Howard Dean "leftist"? The Clintons aren't either, nor was FDR. There's a whole lot of room to the left of Dubya because he's so far right. It might help also to understand that for a leftist Ralph Nader is pretty "moderate".
posted by davy at 10:20 PM on July 31, 2005


Dean's word choice is too vile and exclusionary to ever make him publically acceptable.
posted by buzzman at 10:21 PM on July 31, 2005


but is there any proof that their reporting is incorrect?

It's not reporting, it's analysis. None of the quotes cited in the analysis were reported by any other news organization. Surely abc, cbs, fox, nyt or somebody besides L. Brent Bozell's "news organization" would have considered statements by the chairman of the DNC (in front of hundreds of people!) newsworthy?
posted by swell at 10:25 PM on July 31, 2005


The two things I got from that post were

Townhall.com

and

CNSNews.com

What's next, we'll be talking seriously about stuff from NewsMax and the Washington Times?
posted by Relay at 10:33 PM on July 31, 2005


Gave me something to read. I suppose someday I'll begin posting instead of commenting, and then I can properly criticize. I did, however; just save a bundle on car insurance.
posted by buzzman at 10:37 PM on July 31, 2005


davy: I'd love to hear your definition of a "leftist", if Nader is moderate and FDR was conversative.
posted by null terminated at 11:12 PM on July 31, 2005


I'm with Davy.The Clintons were not leftys, just not as obvious
as corporate tools as the elder,and younger, Bush.
posted by hortense at 11:32 PM on July 31, 2005


How incredibly interesting the comments of a political party chairman are. Bloody riveting. Would I have to be an American to care about this?
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 1:39 AM on August 1, 2005


Null Terminated: Well, what kind do you want? Really, when you start talking about national politics, the spectrum goes Communist/Maoist—Liberal/Internationalist—Realist/Conservative.
If you're talking about domestic politicking, and we're looking at successful states, you've got the Social Democrats on the left, the Democrats/Labor in the center, and the Republicans/Tories on the right.
There are really two flavors of far-leftism, those who are essentially anarchists and those who are essentially communists (and, if taken to the end that Marx predicted, communism will become anarchy. While that's not the experience that any state has had, that's still the goal for most of those people that you'll see standing around and handing out copies of The Spark or MIM Notes). Even Ralph Nader doesn't argue for the dissolution of the state, meaning that he really isn't radical.
But the left is pretty ill-defined outside of intellectuals, as opposed to the right, which compresses and crystalizes itself pretty well. If you're looking to figure out how left someone is, a handy metric can be comparing them to Mussolini (which, for fun comparison, Hitler was to the left of) or Franco (who gives a bigger set of years to look toward), or even people like Pinochet and Samoza.
One of the big hallmarks of the left is a minimizing of protection for property rights (something that distinguishes them from Libertarians). You could argue that the further left someone is, the less inclined they'll be to protect private property (thus making Rousseau to the left of Locke). As Dean is pretty pro-business (and Clinton was incredibly proud of NAFTA), and FDR was certainly motivated (through Keynesian methods) to restore property to a broad swath of the population, post-Depression, all of them are to the right of someone like Bakunin (or even certain Scandinavian national politicians).
It is important to understand that Democrats would be a middle-right party in the rest of the world. That's why all of this "He's a LIBERAL!" bullshit is really laughable from the right. They're really saying "He's not as DOGMATICALLY RIGHT AS I AM!"
posted by klangklangston at 6:32 AM on August 1, 2005


stfu about the scream.

Before you re-vomit that puke again somewhere else, try recording yourself singing along to your favorite Celine Dion song and then listen to just your voice.

Then destroy the tape, cause if it ever gets out, you'll never have a political career. You see, recordings sound kinda funny when you can't hear the room, ambience, or audience.

And really, only dipshits don't know this by now.
posted by 31d1 at 6:54 AM on August 1, 2005


Dean's word choice is too vile and exclusionary to ever make him publically acceptable

Puleeze. Ever heard of Rick Santorum? Bill Frist? Tom Delay? Newt Gingritch? Dick Fucking Cheney? Half the members of the republican caucus in the house? They all spit the most vile, idiotic crap, and the public laps it up. A lot far less logical then anything deans ever said, and they all get a pass.

Dean makes mstakes, and he should be more accurate in what he says. But his tone fits the world around him. If democrats continue to be nice and polite while being slandered, they'll continue to lose.
posted by delmoi at 7:00 AM on August 1, 2005


So it's great that you hate Dean and all, but do you have any evidence that he's wrong?
posted by bshort at 7:32 AM on August 1, 2005


What delmoi just said.

Let's compare Dean to the Wing Nut Hero that our townhall reading locals like to fellatte: George W. Bush.

"Mission Accomplished" - yeah, right.
"Bring it On!" - they did and are.
"Is Our Children Learning?" - obviously not, if they are President
The list is a mile long and most know it. And Dean is somehow the one Townhall idiots criticize? Gee, I wonder why?
posted by nofundy at 7:43 AM on August 1, 2005


So it's great that you hate Dean and all, but do you have any evidence that he's wrong?

Dean has made at least two innacurate statements, namely the one about SCOTUS just now and One about republicans never working an honest day (lots of them have, they just don't act like it).

But that pales in comparison to republican BS. Bill Frist, majority leader in the senate said that Terry Schiavo wasn't brain-dead, based on a video tape. I mean, WTF? Republican Yammarbots do a hundred times worse then dean constantly. I'd rather he was more accurate, but he's not nearly as bad as all the republicans out there.
posted by delmoi at 8:12 AM on August 1, 2005


You see, recordings sound kinda funny when you can't hear the room, ambience, or audience.

And really, only dipshits don't know this by now.
posted by 31d1 at 8:54 AM CST on August 1 [!]


Thank God someone understands.

A similar effect can be obtained by listening to only the vocalist at a stadium singing the national anthem. It is often cringe inducing even amongst very talented performers.
posted by Ynoxas at 8:43 AM on August 1, 2005


The scream speech was pretty compelling, actually, if you ignore the useless fact of how he sounded when the deafening crowd he was shouting over was left out - he and his audience seem all but encouraged by the setback in Iowa, it shows confidence and an unusually motivated base. It wasn't that eloquent but it played perfectly for the tone of his audience, which was almost disturbingly unwavered optimism.
posted by abcde at 9:02 AM on August 1, 2005


SeizeTheDay, I guess we have diffrent definitions of "crazy". To me it means a lot more then to simply say someone makes mistakes. But realy the "scream" signifies nothing other then a lack of polish.
posted by delmoi at 9:13 AM on August 1, 2005


This comment is highly irresponsible on his part, if it's an accurate quote. He basically just acknowledged what pro-lifers have spouted all along, which is that a pregnant woman is, in fact, carrying a "kid" or baby, or person. To his defense, though, he probably got all hysterical after reading MetaFilter one too many times.

I'm sorry, pregnant women aren't carrying babies? I must have missed that memo. What is that screaming kicking thing they pull out after a c-section? A watermelon?
posted by designbot at 10:14 AM on August 1, 2005


This post does not fit with the collective metafilter agenda, get your own blog so we can ignore opposing views.


hahhaha
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood at 10:21 AM on August 1, 2005


I agree completely with you Delmoi.
I live in Texas, I see the worst of the Republican party on a daily basis.
I also know a lot of super liberal Austin people that don't recycle. But, that is a pet peeve, and disparate from the link.
posted by buzzman at 10:52 AM on August 1, 2005


klangklangston
That's about the best definition of current 'murican politics I think I've seen. Huzzah Cheahs!
posted by mk1gti at 11:51 AM on August 1, 2005


I wonder if Howard Dean is actually head of the DNC as part of a plot by the Bush Administration and/or Carl Rove. I can't think of someone more suited to assuring than no Democratic candidate is elected President in my lifetime.

Keep it up PP, the louder guys like you squeal, the more :10bux: rolls into the DNC coffers, and the more we know the Doc is on the right track.

I love it when a plan comes together...
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