29 March 2005

You know your insurgency is in trouble when even The Guardian can't muster an encouraging word about you.

Well, Austin Bay called it.

I'm still trying to figure out how all this has happened without a "legitimizing" U.N. presence.

Ofc. Krupke at 8:52 AM
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17 March 2005

It may be a strange thing for a rightish sort like me to say, but I really appreciate Howard Dean. Not because I think he's even remotely sane, of course, but because he has a wonderful way of focusing the mind. Mine, that is, not his.

Whenever I find myself reeling after the latest idiot statement from the SpongeBob-is-a-gay wing of the Republican Party, slapping my hand over my face and hoping nobody saw me standing next to them, I can always count on Dean to remind me that reductive moral snobbery wears no party insignia.

The most recent example comes from his recent appearance in Lawrence Kansas. After some routine boilerplate about attracting "moderate Republicans", came this:

And concluding his backyard speech with a litany of Democratic values, he added: "This is a struggle of good and evil. And we're the good."

Bear in mind here: he's not talking about Al Qaeda. He's not talking about Kim Jong Il. He's not talking about people who fly kidnapped airline passengers into civilian buildings, or hack the heads of bound hostages, or lynch 16-year-old girls for being "unchaste". He's talking about people who have different ideas on how to run Social Security than he does.

This, you'll recall, is the same Dean who weirdly proclaimed his unwillingness to stipulate the guilt of Osama bin Laden until after the "jury trial".

This is the guy Democrats have chosen to be the most prominent public voice and face of their party. Enjoy your minority status, fellas.