Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Today's chapter of "Fun with Dean"

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: any time that Howie "The Scream" Dean opens his cakehole, it's like Christmas comes early. The latest from the walking talking RNC campaign ad, from CNS News (hat tip Kanaka Girl):
America is about to revisit one of the most turbulent decades in its history, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean told a religious conference in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. "We're about to enter the '60s again," Dean said, but he was not referring to the Vietnam War or racial tensions.

Dean said he is looking for "the age of enlightenment led by religious figures who want to greet Americans with a moral, uplifting vision."

"The problem is when we hit that '60s spot again, which I am optimistic we're about to hit, we have to make sure that we don't make the same mistakes," Dean added.
Nicely done, Howie. In an election year when your party is trying to shed its aptly earned image of being a party full of 1960's hippy retreads soft on (and actually hostile to) defense, you cast your party in the very light it is trying to avoid! Apparently, it eventually dawned on him that his longing for the good old days might go over about as well as Monica Lewinsky at the Clintons on Christmas morning:
Later in his speech Tuesday, Dean appeared to backtrack. "I'm not asking to go back to the '60s; we made some mistakes in the '60s," he said.
Actually, are asking to go back to the '60s. See your prior comment about being "optimistic of hitting the '60s" again, Mr., Dean. Continuing:
Dean's comments Tuesday came at a religious gathering convened in the nation's capital to discuss ways of eliminating poverty.
"I came in the wrong door when I first got here," Dean said. "I came in the back, and everybody was talking about praising the Lord, and I thought, 'I am home. Finally, a group of people who want to praise the Lord and help their fellow man just like Jesus did and just like Jesus taught.' Thank you so much for doing that for me."
A couple of thoughts about this:

1. Howie knew who Jesus was? I'm impressed! He must have boned up on his Christianity 101 before addressing the locals, so as to avoid that "My favorite book of the New Testament is Job" kind of gaffe again. Otherwise, someone might get the impression that Howie isn't being very honest about his Biblical ignorance. Being ignorant of the Bible is no big deal, unless one says something like "If you know much about the Bible—which I do", right?

2. "Finally, a group of people who want to praise the Lord and help their fellow man just like Jesus did and just like Jesus taught"?? Just what does that mean? People of other churches don't want to praise the Lord or help their fellow man? That is definitely news to me!

Considering that nearly every church is such a place and contains lots of people just like that, and considering that he must have had a great deal of trouble finding such a place before, then one can conclude that he is unfamiliar with the concept of church and has likely never stepped into one before, correct?

3. I'm not slamming the guy for not going to church, but if he's going to pretend to be able to relate with us churchgoing rubes (which, make no mistake, is exactly how he sees us), it kind of helps to have at least a little bit of knowledge of the subject matter. Otherwise, people just might think you're an arrogant elitist who underestimates the intelligence of your audience...and that kind of arrogance and condescension is just soooooooo atypical of liberals, isn't it?