Howard Dean, Chairman of the Democrat National Committee, in a speech to Democrat supporters said, “I would make the argument that America is safer when Democrats are in the White House, than when Republicans are in the White House.”
There was no immediate response from the GOP to Dean’s comments Saturday, but RNC spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt said after Thursday’s speech that Dean’s “priority is to generate mudslinging headlines rather than engage in substantive debate.”
In the meantime, Democrat leaders, Senator Joe Biden and former Vice Presidential candidate and Senator John Edwards has said that Dean has gone too far:
Dean has said Republicans never made an honest living in their lives and House Majority Leader Tom DeLay ought to go back to Houston where he can serve his jail sentence. DeLay has not been accused of any crime.
Dean “doesn’t speak for me with that kind of rhetoric and I don’t think he speaks for the majority of Democrats,” Biden, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”
While discussing the hardship of working Americans standing in long lines to vote, Dean said Thursday, “Republicans, I guess, can do that because a lot of them have never made an honest living in their lives.”
Edwards responded that Dean “is not the spokesman for the party.”
Dean is “a voice. I don’t agree with it,” Edwards, a former senator and the Democrats’ vice presidential nominee in 2004, said Saturday at a party fundraising dinner in Nashville, Tenn.
Asked about Dean’s remark about Republicans and honest living, GOP chairman Ken Mehlman told NBC’s “Meet the Press”: “I’m not sure the best way to win support in the red states is to insult the folks who live there. I think that a better approach might be to talk about the issues you’re for.”
The Democrats made a BIG mistake allowing this moron to become their party chairman.
They are already paying the price in fundraising:
One hundred days into his tenure as the high-energy, higher-decibel chairman of the Democratic Party, Howard Dean is in trouble with party moneybags. The former Vermont governor seems to be doing a better job flaying the Republicans than bridging the cash chasm between the parties. Given Dean’s 2004 run as a populist crusader, moderates were never wild about his takeover of the Democratic National Committee. So some big donors are sitting on their wallets.
BIDEN BLASTS DEAN on This Week: “He doesn’t speak for me with that kind of rhetoric and I don’t think he speaks for the majority of Democrats.”
Er, so what’s he doing as party Chair, then? (Via USS Neverdock).
UPDATE: John Edwards is singing from the same choirbook. Hmm. If I were Dean, I’d be worried.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Trey Jackson has the Biden video.