Dean the conductor, leading the crazy-train right over the edge
Howard Dean's Democratic Party - The Washington Times: Editorials/OP-ED - May 31, 2005
: " Then of course there are the Deanisms — the red meat he throws to the base, but probably does little to expand it. 'I hate the Republicans and everything they stand for'; 'this is a struggle between good and evil, and we're the good'; Republicans are 'brain dead'; and 'You think the Republican National Committee could get this many people of color in a single room? Only if they had the hotel staff in here.' For comparison, try to remember anything RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman has said in the last four months.
Misgivings about Mr. Dean's wayward tongue were well placed late last year when party leaders looked in vain for an alternative candidate. After he won, some expressed the naive hope that they would be able to muzzle their new chairman and keep him on a short leash. According to Mr. Novak, Mr. Reid and Mrs. Pelosi privately urged the chairman to restrain his rhetoric and focus on his goals, like reviving state operations. That's difficult when Democratic governors and lawmakers conveniently disappear whenever Mr. Dean drops in for a visit. "