Comments: DBD on Howard Dean's insulting comments

The painting is correct.

Posted by C Banks at February 17, 2005 10:11 AM

"The painting is correct.", but only if it's being done by a bigot.

Posted by Mike H. at February 17, 2005 10:16 PM

Howard Dean’s ascension to the Chairmanship of the DNC, sends a clear message to the electorate of the strategy he will embark upon in the next four years. It reminds me of a similar incident during the 1992 campaign. Bill Clinton calculatingly distanced himself from African Americans by criticizing Sista Soulja in a speech in front of a furious Jesse Jackson. Bill Clinton knew he had to attract democratic moderates who were critical of the party’s embrace of issues important to blacks. The type of voters Howard Dean had in mind when he said during the campaign, "we need guys with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks."

Dean has made clear his strategy for winning future elections. He emphasizes keeping energized the grass roots, the bloggers, the young and disaffected voters. The type of voters he attracted during his flameout. Conspicuously absent is rhetoric geared towards the Democrats traditional voters, voters who weren’t particular thrilled with John Kerry’s presidential campaign. Dean’s history with African Americans is negligible at best. In a Slate interview, he boasted proudly that he had “two African-American roommates" during his freshman year at Yale, (that he requested no doubt!) which corresponds in his mind to a "special relationship with the African-American community." This “special relationship” amounted to Dean not having any African-Americans or Latinos serve in his Cabinet during his governorship. Only a limousine liberal, isolated and growing up on Park Avenue and in the Hamptons, would think it amusing to joke to a gathering of African Americans, that the only way Republicans would have a gathering of similar size would be to “invite the hotel staff.” Dean’s focus on red states and the west, says the party can take for granted African Americans while it attempts to reaches out. Some things never change.

Posted by Christopher Arps at February 19, 2005 01:17 PM
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