In this ever-changing, mixed-up world, thank goodness that we have the constant of Howard Dean’s mouth. Easily one of the most hypocritical political figures in the past generation, Dean decided to lecture America on “divisiveness”. Of course, he blamed Republicans for it, within hours of comparing one GOP candidate to a mass-murdering dictator and calling a visiting dignitary anti-Semitic:
Down with divisiveness was the message Wednesday delivered by Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean as he told a group of Florida business leaders that Republican policies of deceit and finger-pointing are tearing American apart.
Great modeling for that anti-divisiveness campaign, Howie.
The Republican agenda “is flag-burning and same-sex marriage and God knows what else,” Dean said. “We need real change in this country. We’re in trouble.”
And that would be …. less divisive? Actually, Dean was just cooling down from earlier statements, where he compared Katherine Harris to … Joseph Stalin. He also called visiting Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki an anti-Semite:
Democrat leader Howard Dean called the Iraqi prime minister an “anti-Semite” during an address before party loyalists on Wednesday, drawing a swift rebuke from Republicans. The Democratic National Committee chairman also called Republican Senate candidate Katherine Harris a “crook” and compared her to Stalin. …
“Thank God for Bill Nelson, because we’d have another crook in the United States Senate if it weren’t for him. He is going to beat the pants off Katherine Harris,” Dean said during his 20-minute address. “She doesn’t understand that it’s…improper to be chairman of a campaign and count the votes at the same time. This is not Russia and she is not Stalin.”
Recall, please, that the Dean of Divisiveness once defended the presumption of innocence for Osama bin Laden in relation to the 9/11 attacks, a presumption he didn’t bother granting Tom DeLay. Dean also called the Republicans the “white Christian party”, and famously revealed that he hates Republicans, “and everything they stand for”.
Dean doesn’t want to abandon divisiveness; he’s raised it to an art form, and it’s the only tool in his arsenal.
UPDATE: I forgot to give The Florida Masochist a hat-tip on the Harris link. Sorry, Bill!