Dean reclaims his roots

Howard Dean has declared he is really more moderate than some of his rivals and will work with the party’s centrists.

Speaking at a NOW forum on Friday he distanced himself from controversial issues like gay marriage and a federal Dept. for Peace by saying “It’s nice to be a centrist for a change”. He also disagreed with Al Sharpton’s criticism of the DLC and went on to caution he would favor a balanced budget before national health care.

Only his most deluded of supporters ever believed he was anything but a centrist, and if you look at his judicial and environmental record in Vermont, right of it as well.

Today I received a copy of this in my e-mail in which APJ’s Tamara Baker reacts to a reader’s letter she denotes to be racist in origin.

The reader accused Dean of being a shill for AIPAC.

Baker went on to call it typical of ‘Kuchinichites’ who she writes “are just flipping off the rails much of the time.”

So generally speaking anyone who dares to point out that Howard Dean has voiced support for intervention in Iran and that this support, in his own words, is rooted in concern for Israel’s ‘security’…

“Iran is more dangerous to Israel than Iraq is…. I don’t think you have to be pro-war or pro-unilateral intervention to be pro-Israel.”

…is Anti-Semitic and denotes a ‘Kucinichite’?

Who is ‘jumping the rails’ here?


As reported in the Boston Globe he made a point of saying that he would not rule out using military force to disarm either North Korea or Iran.

In effect this supposedly ‘anti-war’ Democrat has announced his support for a policy in which Washington will decide which countries are allowed to have nuclear weapons and will reserve for itself the right to forcefully disarm those who do not voluntarily disarm by U.S. dictate. In this crucial regard Dean’s position is in close accordance with the Bush doctrine of coercive disarmament and preventive war.

I’ve watched for months now as formerly rational-sounding people have turned into robotic, apologetic cheerleaders for this guy. Then again maybe they hid their shallowness and capacity to shape-shift well.

When his reincarnation as a left-leaning liberal was challenged many of these same followers faked amnesia, abandoned defense of his ‘leftiness’, even blamed the media for the ‘incorrect’ labeling when it was Dean himself who laid claim to the Wellstone legacy and did so at a time when polls were favorable to politicians questioning the pre-emptive strike policy.

This is what Dean had to say to the people attending the NOW forum;

…Dean moderated his trademark line, borrowed from the late Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone: “I am from the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party.”

On Friday night, he said: “I’m from the ‘Let’s beat George Bush’ wing of the Democratic Party.”

I believe Gore broke a good amount of ground for that small field of Democrats appalled by the Bush Doctrine. Kucinich has always been one of its most vocal critics. Dean jogged along when the weather was nice.

His ever accomodating posturing is reminiscent of the candidate Bush. That his opinion on foreign policy is similar as well should be debated.

Without a doubt there are probably Anti-Semites who claim to be liberals as well.

By all means make the case one by one.

Please leave the tar and feathers for ‘Kucinichites’ en masse in the past where they belong.

2 thoughts on “Dean reclaims his roots”

  1. I personally disagree with Dean on the Israel-Palestine issue, but support him because he seems forthright, because I believe he is electable, and because his stances are close enough to mine overall that the differences are a lot less important than getting Bush out of the Oval Office.

    And for what it’s worth, every one of the people who proclaims that support for Palestinians or disagreement with any of Israel’s positions or actions is “anti-Semitic” is just showing their ignorance. “Semitic” is an ethnic designation referring to people whose origin is in the region commonly referred to in the West as the “Middle East” — regardless of their religion. Palestinians, Saudi Arabians, Iraqis, Iranians, Yemenis are all Semites. The Israelis are not unique in that designation.

  2. Thanks for the reminder. It’s worth a lot.

    I don’t think that Dean is entirely forthright and I admit it bothers me. He’s certainly not alone in the way he plays the issues.

    I don’t know that he’s completely insincere or quick to react to hot issues. I don’t consider either to be a good trait.

    If I were going to support ‘more of the same’ at this early date I’d back Kerry. He has more experience at the federal level and seems to be more cautious militarily.

    I support Kucinich because his message has always been the same and he has the track record to prove it. The issues he supports are close to my heart. And I’ve seen the reaction to his personal touch when people hear him speak for the first time. If he were to get more exposure I think he could build a very strong grassroots effort that would invigorate an apathetic America.

    Finally, unless something extraordinary happens between now and election time I don’t think Bush will be beaten by ‘more of the same’. True enough many of Dean’s supporters don’t believe he is in that category, but I think as time goes on and Dean appeals more and more to the centrist mindset for support they’ll be no denying it.

    I don’t think it would cause him to lose current supporters. But I don’t see him gathering enough of the middle to beat Junior.

    Then again what do I know. It’s still early and I’m just a blue collar worker in Iowa.

    And if he wins the nomination I’ll do what I can to help him beat Bush.