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Friday, December 09, 2005

Mobile Register Wants Dean Fired

Yesterday, the Mobile Register had a scathing editorial calling for Democrats to fire Howard Dean as DNC chair. Dean's recent comments implying that the U.S. will lose the Iraq War hit a nerve with the Register's editorial board.

Here's a taste of the Register's rage:
It is outrageous for the chairman of one of the nation's two major political parties to declare -- especially against evidence to the contrary -- that Americans cannot win the war they are fighting against a mortal enemy. Such defeatism is anathema.
The Register also takes shots at House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and John Kerry.

Dean actually talks a pretty good game about the need for the DNC to reach out to "red state" voters and pursue a "50 state strategy" instead of focusing only on Democratic or swing states. But he certainly does a disservice to Democrats (especially those in the South) by presenting the national party as overly pessimistic or political about the war in Iraq.

Republicans, aided by conservative news outlets such as the Register, are in the process of turning Dean's comments into a full fledged media frenzy and will try to force Democrats to either agree with Dean's controversial remarks or publicly criticize their own party chair. Many Democrats have already distanced themselves from Dean and it won't be long before Republicans use the controversy to try to put Bud Cramer and maybe even Artur Davis on the hot seat.

This controversy will blow over before too long and Dean will surely stay as chair, but Alabama Democrats don't need Howard Dean or anybody else making it any harder for them to connect with the average Alabamian.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I'm shocked that the Mobile Press-Republican would find disfavor with the Democratic leadership. I noticed that they have not raised the same concern abot Scooter Libby and Karl Rove undermining our national security by outing undercover CIA agents. Is it possible that the newspaper has a double standard?

9:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do democrats expect to make red state gains with dean saying things like this. I think Dean, like Ramsey Clark should be tried for treason

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Yeah, free speech ought to be punished every chance you get.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Register is a piece of crap, pure and simple. They wouldn't know objective truth if it hit them in the face. Dean's quote (if it wasn't cherry-picked like the Administration does intelligence to justify its war of choice) is nothing that hasn't been said by retired CIA analysts and even a few former generals.

If I ever bought a copy of the register, I would use it to line my bird cage.

4:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also, let's be clear about who is politicizing this damned war. Bush and Cheney did it during the election, and long before. Remember when Cheney said America would be hit if people didn't vote for them? And how about holding the vote for the war a few weeks before midterm elections? Gephardt pleaded with Bush to do like his father and depoliticize the vote by holding it after midterms, but no doins'. Bush wanted to win, and he wanted a war, and he didn't care if he divided the nation over it or not. Bush, Cheney, and all the GOP scumbags like Hannity, O'Reilly, Coulter, and the rest have politicized this thing far more than I've ever heard anyone on the left.

Geez, man.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a Democrat, and I find Dean to be a total and complete embarrasment. State party chair Joe Turnham, and the chairs of the other southern and midwestern states, should petition the DNC to kick out this bum.

How long will it take my fellow donkeys to realize that as long as we are seen as the party of Dean and Pelosi, Hillary and Schuman, NOW and PETA, then we stand no chance of making any inroads 'round here.

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If you were a Democrat, you'd know that NOW and PETA are not part of the Democratic Party. They're advocacy groups that support causes that I don't particularly agree with, but some Democrats do. That can make them ALIGNED with some in the party, but not PART of the party. There is a difference.

Man, when you're own side does the GOP work for you, you're destined to lose.

Oh, and whomever said Dean should be tried for treason needs to grow up. Bush led us into this war. Bush needs to get us out of it. It's that simple. If speaking your mind about a war gone badly, badly wrong is treason, then I guess a majority of Americans who disapprove of Bush's handling of the war (and who also want our troops home in a year) are treasonous.

The fact is that we may not win. We don't know. We can beat our chests and be macho, but we really have to ask ourselves what victory is? Is it totally defeating the insurgents? I don't know that that's possible. If it creating a theocracy closely aligned with Iran? God, I hope not, but it looks like its heading that way.

We had a choice after 9/11 to go after those who hit us or take a war of choice against Iraq. Going into Afghanistan was the right thing to do. Taking our forces out of there (except for a small group) and going after Saddam was a strategic blunder. Pure and simple.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a Democrat, of course I know that NOW and PETA are not part of the party. Read my last post carefully -- we're SEEN as being that. In politics, however, perception can easily become reality.

The fact remains that especially on the national level, the Party is the captive of special interest groups that are in strong disfavor here. Dean does nothing to help; in fact, he adds tremendously to the problem.

4:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw Mark Warner, former governor of VA. on cspan speaking to the south carolina democrat party. If the DNC has/had any sense or credibility they would hand howard dean a lollipop and a bus ticket to bellevue and elect mark warner democrat party chairman. Warner made great fiscal gains in virginia and actually is a gentleman.

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Anonymous Kate said...

Mark Warner wouldn't take it. He's running for president.

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Blogger The Alabama Moderate said...

Actually, the op-ed (at best) was eerily similar to Republican-run ads that were recently addressed by Anyone wishing to look into it should visit the site. Factcheck doesn't state whether or not the quotes were taken out of context, but lets the readers decide. Personally, I just see it as the Mobile Register very obviously regurgitating free advertising for the GOP.

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