Carol Platt Liebau: Just a Tad Complacent?

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Just a Tad Complacent?

Politico reports that Howard Dean has been meeting with world leaders to prepare the way for a new Democratic president.

First of all, who, exactly, elected Howard Dean as America's Ambassador-at-Large to the world? Given Dean's history of innacurate and inartful remarks, along with his atrocious temper, thinking of him attempting to make nice with other world leaders is enough to make any normal American's blood run cold.

More than that, it simply smacks of disloyalty. The majority of people in this country voted for President Bush, and as long as he's in office, it strikes me that it's inappropriate for Dean or other Democrats to skulk around the world either apologizing for him or talking down his Administration. Can anyone imagine the outcry had a chairman of the RNC treated Bill Clinton this way? It would have been wrong in those circumstances, and it's wrong here.

Finally, in case Dean and the rest of the Democrats hadn't noticed, the American people haven't actually elected a Democrat President yet. And given that they've only done so three times in the past 31 years, couldn't one characterize Dean's approach as something close to arrogance? Hate to tell you, Gov. Dean -- but the American people may end up making a different choice.


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