Disclaimer, I love Howard Dean as Chairman of the Democratic Party.
That being said, Foot in mouth award for the week: Doogie Howard. The most organized Democrat in the country also says some of the dumbest things. I think we ought to invite him down South to meet some of the white, Christian Democrats that live down here and all the socially liberal Republicans (who can’t stand Tommy Boy DeLay and the Christianeers) who have really real jobs like the rest of us in overworked underpaid America. Some Republicans trying to get elected have to fire up their base by saying stupid things on TV, but most folks who vote Republican nowadays are just average folks like us who want reasonable things. Keep that in mind. I’d rather have a battle of hearts and minds, and talk about really real issues. Compare, for instance, all those crazy things Doc is saying to this episode of softball.
This is something a lot of us on the left have been talking about for a long, long time. Democrats have a problem with message. They don’t even know how to talk about how to find a better message. Check this out: I don’t know what I find more horrifying, the fact that a conservative of National Review wrote such an insightful piece or that National Democrats actually had to have a panel meeting on how to speak American. Before we really move the debate any further, maybe we need to clarify – Democrats ARE Americans. Spread the good word.
And I don’t know which tagline will backfire worse: “Clean out the stables” or “Family Stress Relief.” My money is on the latter. Somewhere Karl Rove is laughing so hard he just wet himself.
Lucky for us on the left side of the aisle, there are still plenty of dumb righties to keep us relevant. Like this group of bozos that have finally admitted their message strategy: Balance is more important than Truth.
And another excellent opinion piece by Eric Alterman, and pretty much a summary or why I fight back against right wing media:
And a big win for media transparency.