Howard Dean is insane

Discussion in 'Politics' started by ARogueTrader, Nov 2, 2003.

  1. Howard Dean is a nutcase.

    Dean's comments on pickups, confederate flag, spark controversy
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON - A comment by Howard Dean about Confederate flags and pickup trucks has embroiled the leading Democrats in Iowa's presidential caucuses in a name-calling donnybrook.

    "I still want to be the candidate for guys with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks," the former Vermont governor was quoted as saying in Saturday's Des Moines Register. "We can't beat George Bush unless we appeal to a broad cross-section of Democrats."

    Dean said Saturday that he was intending to encourage the return of Southern voters who have abandoned the Democrats for decades but are disaffected with the Republicans.

    Two Democrat rivals competing against Dean in Iowa's leadoff Jan. 19 caucuses saw the comment differently.

    Rep. Dick Gephardt of Missouri, who shares the lead in Iowa with Dean, accused Dean of making a blatant move to win the votes of people "who disagree with us on bedrock Democratic values like civil rights."

    "I don't want to be the candidate for guys with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks," Gephardt said in a statement. "I will win the Democratic nomination because I will be the candidate for guys with American flags in their pickup trucks."

    Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts contended that Dean's "pandering" to the National Rifle Association gave him an inroad to "pander to lovers of the Confederate flag."

    Dean's comment was reported in story about Kerry's criticism of Dean's record on guns. The senator claimed that Dean was an NRA favorite who opposed a 1994 law that banned assault weapons to civilians.

    "I would rather be the candidate of the NAACP than the NRA," Kerry said in a statement.

    In response to the criticism, Dean released a statement saying: "I want people with Confederate flags on their trucks to put down those flags and vote Democratic - because the need for quality health care, jobs and a good education knows no racial boundaries.

    "We have working white families in the south voting for tax cuts for the richest 1 percent while their children remain with no health care," Dean said. "The dividing of working people by race has been a cornerstone of Republican politics for the last three decades - starting with Richard Nixon. ... The only way we're going to beat George Bush is if southern white working families and African-American working families come together under the Democratic tent, as they did under FDR."

    The two southerners in the Democratic race, North Carolina Sen. John Edwards and retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark of Arkansas, also protested. "Some of the greatest civil rights leaders, white and black, have come from the South," said Edwards. "To assume that southerners who drive trucks would embrace this symbol is offensive."

    Clark said, "The Confederate flag flies in the face of our most deeply held American values - diversity, equality and inclusion."

    Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman weighed in as well. "Governor Dean ought to be more careful about what he says," Lieberman said. "It is irresponsible and reckless to loosely talk about one of the most divisive, hurtful symbols in American history."

    Dean spokeswoman Tricia Enright told The Associated Press that Dean had previously used the Confederate flag image in his campaign.

    One instance came Feb. 22 at a meeting of the Democratic National Committee in Washington. Dean said the men with Confederate flag decals in their pickup trucks represented lucrative prospects for the party "because their kids don't have health insurance, either, and their kids need better schools, too."

    The party elite stood and cheered.
  2. Maverick74


    Isn't he one of your boys? Dean is doing what all the other democrats are going to start doing and that is pander to the south. It just shows you how quickly these guys will sell out to get a couple more votes. I really do hope Dean gets the nomination. It will be a blowout election in 2004 with Bush. Must make you real proud to be a democrat now huh?
  3. I am not a democrat.

    Must you always label people according to political party? There are some who actually look at issues, not party platform to form opinions.

    In addition, Democrats are not alone in pandering to voters.

    You continue to display the symptoms of a simplistic, uneducated, politically bigoted black and white thinker.
  4. Maverick74


    Fine, who did you vote for in the last three presidential elections and who is your leading candidate currently? And please be honest.
  5. I am not registered as a Democrat.

    Who I voted in the past is irrelevant to who I would vote for in the next election.

    I see no leading candidates in either party right now, it looks like a lesser of many evils opportunity for the voters.
  6. The republicans who have nothing to offer the religious right, right to lifers and racists have been pandering to these factions for years. If they didn't they would never win an election.

  7. Pabst


    If you voted for Gore in 2000, you're a de facto Democrat. Period.
  8. gaj


    funny, i voted for gore in gore v. bush, and held my nose while doing it.

    and i would have voted for mccain in gore v. mccain.

    that's the problem with making blanket statements...
  9. THE MAN


    Dean will not win the presidential election.
  10. Maverick74


    Please name one. Otherwise I am going to accuse you of character assassination. Name one republican that pandered to the religious right and to the pro-life crowd who was NOT a pro-lifer himself or had religious beliefs. If you can't do that, re-tract your statement. Thank you!
    #10     Nov 2, 2003