I always liked Howard Dean. I thought he was the best choice in 2004, and although I don’t know if he would have beat Bush, he would have gone down swinging (unlike John Kerry.) Although he’s been on TV over the last several months speaking up for “health care reform,” like the good Dem that he is, he has decided that he can’t support (today’s) iteration of the Senate bill.
So, guess what? The good doctor, who is not in office now, has no role in the Dem party, and doesn’t have a role in government anywhere, MUST BE DESTROYED. Again! He’s being accused of having “lost his mind!” The White House has whispered that it’s all “irrational,” just his personal beef with Joe Lieberman. Sen. Jay Rockefeller–a totally useless Dem if there ever was one–accuses Dean of being childish, “sob”ing and “complain”ing:
“Do I take my football and go home and sob and complain or hold out for $100 million for West Virginia?” Rockefeller asked. “No, I look at the bill and say, ‘What is in the general interest of the people in my state and the people in America?’ ”
Patriotism is the last refuge of those who claim weakness is a virtue, Senator. That’s what Dr. Dean is talking about: Why didn’t you “hold out” for what you say you really wanted? (Unless this is what you really want, of course.) Listen to this weak rebuttal from David Axelrod, who just sounds frantic and desperate as he begs us all to pay no attention to the man behind that curtain and reassures us that the for-profit insurance industry is “fighting us so hard!” Give Ed Schultz his due: he asked a damn good question, and Axelrod punted. (H/t TalkLeft.)
Why do they fear Dr. Dean? He has no power. Remember? “You have the power!”