Carol Platt Liebau

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Howard Dean is back on a theological kick (HT: Hugh Hewitt). This is dangerous territory for him -- remember all the trouble he got into trying to discuss the Bible during his presidential run?

Here's the most noteworthy remark -- Dean said: "This is a struggle of good and evil. And we're the good."

If I were a Democrat, I would be profoundly worried. How can you rebuild a political party if you're telling more than half the country that it is -- or supports -- evil? (It's a little bit like Oscar host Chris Rock making fun of the President earlier tonight. They want ratings -- and for Americans to support their movies -- at the same time they tell 51% of voting American's that they're idiots. Ponder that one).

What's equally disturbing is that Dean sees his adversaries as "evil." Many liberals are wrong, and deeply misguided. But evil? I don't think so. That's where political speech stops appealing to the intellect, and starts appealing to raw hate.

Is there a chance that some of the other Democrats realize this? Note in the linked article that the governor had breakfast with Dean, but somehow managed not to appear publicly with him.

What would the press say if some Republican leader had let loose with Dean-style rhetoric? All hell would break loose (pardon the pun).


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