Dean Panders to Religious Right

Democratic party chair and professional loose cannon Howard Dean has shown himself once again to be a chameleon. On Pat Robertson’s extremist TV network, he stated the following:

"The truth is, we have an enormous amount in common with the Christian community, and particularly with the evangelical Christian community. And one of the biggest things that Democrats worry about is the materialism of our country, what’s on television that our kids are seeing, and the lack of spirituality."

He then also proceeded to assert that marriage was "between a man and a woman," blatantly offending gay groups, who then returned a $5,000 donation from Dean’s party.

Dean also reinforced the typical erroneous link between religion and ‘values:’

"one of the misconceptions about the Democratic Party is that we’re godless and that we don’t have any values."

What Dean should have said: "one of the misconceptions about the Democratic Party is that we don’t have values. Values stem from the personal integrity of individuals from across the political and religious spectrum, including those who have no religion at all. We don’t have to agree on everything to work together for the betterment of our country."

Harrumph, Howard!! Why aren’t you talking about energy policy, or trade, or global warming, or improving the dismal public image of the U.S. worldwide, or the deficit, or new technology initiatives, or securing U.S. ports against nuclear smuggling? Why aren’t you talking about the genocide in Darfur??? Why are you wading into stupid and divisive culture war issues? The last thing democrats need is to be seen cozying up to extreme right wing zealots. Spirituality my ass. America needs more spirituality like I need to be chopped apart with a dull knife.

Hillary gets it. Her recent overtures to Rupert Murdoch make sense. She is as brilliant as Dean is stupid. (Though Hillary should stop playing the "class warfare" card, her one weak spot, in my opinion.)

Howard Dean is trouble. He’s a walking black eye for the Democratic party. They’d better replace him before we get too close to the next election. Although, at this point, with Bush’s miserable performance, a Democrat would have to piss their pants while tripping over their shoelaces not to get elected in 2008.

Comments (One comment)

a / May 12th, 2006, 3:26 pm / #1

Typical political maneuvering. Dean is just trying to get some votes by appealing to self-interest of the religious right. He certainly discovered club 700’s thumbscrew when he gave the ‘moral’ version of marriage.

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