Saturday, April 23, 2005
On this day:

"Tolerance" in Action VII: Howard Dean, Master Debater

THE WASHINGTON TIMES: 'Positive' Dean calls GOP 'brain dead' By Donald Lambro
Howard Dean, who promised to change the way Democrats speak about the issues, has accused Republicans of being "evil," "corrupt" and "brain dead," attacks that are reminiscent of the angry language he used against the Republican Party in the 2004 campaign. [...] Among his most recent remarks: • In a speech in Kansas in February, not long after his election as DNC chairman, Mr. Dean said the contest between Democrats and Republicans was "a struggle of good and evil. And we're the good." • In Florida earlier this week, he accused Republicans of being "corrupt," saying, "You can't trust them with your money, and you can't trust them with your votes. ... Evangelicals don't like corruption either." • In a closed-door Democratic fundraiser in Lawrence, Kan., he said conservative Republicans were "intolerant" on the issue of abortion. "They don't think tolerance is a virtue. I'm not going to have these right-wingers throw away our right to be tolerant." • Speaking to Democrats Abroad, Mr. Dean called Republicans "brain-dead," saying the reason his party lost the 2004 race to the "brain-dead" Republicans was because of the Democrats' "tendency to explain every issue in half an hour of detail." "This is the wrong message at the wrong time. The country is already bitterly divided. No sense pouring acid on it," independent pollster John Zogby said yesterday. "The Democrats need a proactive, positive set of prescriptions, not simply a condemnation of the other side."
Classy man, that Howard Dean.