Could the GOP be right about Dean and the future of the Democratic Party?
From Democracy Now!
Howard Dean Supports Bush on Iraq
The chair of the Democratic National Committee Howard Dean has come out in support of President Bush"s current Iraq policy. In a speech earlier this week in Minnesota, Dean said, "The president has created an enormous security problem for the United States where none existed before. But I hope the president is incredibly successful with his policy now that he's there." Dean said a US pullout could endanger the United States in three ways: By leaving a Shiite theocracy worse than that in Iran; by creating an independent Kurdistan in the north, with destabilizing effects on neighboring Kurdish regions of Turkey, Iran and Syria, and by making the so-called Sunni Triangle a magnet for what Dean called Islamic terrorists similar to the former Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. Dean was portrayed as an antiwar candidate in the media during the 2004 presidential race."
Are these Dean's true colors? Is Dean a closet hawk?
I have to say after this, I've developed a no-confidence attitude toward Dean here.
The GOP may be right after all. They said with him the Democratic Party would be flushed further down the pipeline. Assuming Dean was the courageous anti-war voice I thought he was, I staunchly disagreed, but now with this, I feel they just may have it right...though maybe not in the way they necessarily meant, sadly, with the way Dean seems to be playing the same old card other Democrats, like Hilary Clinton, have been playing.
Throughout the Democratic primary, not to mention throughout much of the 2004 campaign, Dean boasted on and on about how he was one of the minority Democrats to vote against going to war, and challenged his opponents like Kerry, Edwards, and Lieberman for authorizing the war.
Now, all a sudden, he comes out and says though he believes Bush has made a huge costly mistake on national security, he is basically signing his permission slip to continue to go about his business.
THAT'S why I'm NOT a Democrat.
That is NOT anti-war behavior. If you're truly anti-war, you're not going to let your anti-war guard down at any point in the game.
I'm telling you, and as a liberal, that the Democrats are just going to keep losing election after election until they recognize two things.
One, that they understand why millions even bother to embrace their party every four years in the first place.
The fact is, Iraq was a more serious issue among Democrats than it was among Republicans. In exit poll results, 73% of the overall 15% who thought Iraq was the most serious issue to them were Kerry voters, which Kerry voters almost unanimously disapproved of the war.
THAT'S why many Democratic voters even bothered to go out to the polls November 2nd, for they believed the Democrats would sharpen up to become the oppositional party voice of this country on issues like that.
Secondly, the other thing Democrats must realize is that the GOP have wandered far away from their roots, and, learning that lesson, try to cover up some ground they've retreated from, on values like veteran care, state rights, small government, the minimum wage, issues which the GOP have turned their back on as of late.
And there continue to be pockets of dissent within the party, like on the cloture bill, where some Democrats even joined the GOP on making it harder for families to file for bankruptcy. And they don't even bother talking about the GOP backing away from state rights and such.
I really am not confident in Dean now after this.
I believe I was right about one thing in particular, however. That Dean has excellent grassroots mobilization skills.
The only problem is, he's using them to rally in the wrong idea.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"