Sunday, June 12, 2005

Claiming Good vs. Evil...

It's ironic, because for all the talk of tolerance in recent times Democrats have framed their rhetoric in terms of Good and Evil. I think that is an honest thing to do, yet in a postmodernist culture it is not going to win. Also, it undercuts the talk of a "tolerant" lack of judgment when you are the one judging Bush as the Great Satan. Democrats tend to snivel about framing things as Good vs. Evil or "That's just too black and white. Why can't you be too stupid to make up your mind about it, like me?" yet they are the ones who have Howard Dean saying things like,

This is a struggle between good and evil and we're the good.
(Dean, February 2005)

Dean may have to learn that while most Democrats like pretending to talk about Bush as the Great Evil, the majority of Democratic voters are only postmodernist pansies at heart.

Dean's latest,

Dean's latest remarks -- made as he trolled California this week, stoking his party's coffers and meeting with grassroots activists as part of a nationwide trip -- could ignite more controversy and reaction from his own party. "You know, the Republicans are not very friendly to different kinds of people. They're a pretty monolithic party. Pretty much, they all behave the same, and they all look the same. ... It's pretty much a white Christian party," [Isn't Dean a white self defined Christian? Sheesh...] the former Vermont governor told a San Francisco roundtable Monday in reaction to a question about the lack of outreach to minority communities by political parties. "Our folks have got to spend time in the communities," he said. "We want a very diverse group of people running for office -- African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos." After the story of Dean's comments broke on, The Chronicle Web site, on Tuesday and was picked up by the Drudge Report, DNC spokesman Josh Earnest scrambled to soften the impact of Dean's comments. While acknowledging that Dean was quoted accurately, Earnest insisted that once again Dean meant to say "Republican leadership." ...For small donors, hearing 'George Bush is bad' is enough," [a key party fundraiser] said. "What I'm hearing very clearly from big donors is: 'Tell me how we'll win.' We need a Democratic National Committee that is convincing white Republican Christians that they should be voting for us -- not vilifying them," said Randlett, who supported Dean for the chairmanship. ...
With that kind of increasing criticism from inside the Democratic Party in recent weeks...Republicans say they couldn't be happier.
According to...FEC filings, the DNC has raised $18.6 million in the first four months of the year -- less than half of the $42.6 million raised by the RNC in the same period.

Dean, whose schedule in San Francisco Monday included the roundtable, a visit to a gay and lesbian house party and a fund-raiser, called the report "total hooey." ...

(The San Francisco Chronicle
NEWS; Pg. A1
HEADLINE: The mouth that won't stop roaring;
Even some Democrats weary of Dean's blunt style
BYLINE: Carla Marinucci)

I would note that Dean represents the liberal base all too well. That is exactly how they tend to shift to identity politics based on ethnicity, religion and race. They still do it even as their base of Victims shrinks. It's not enough, so they add identity politics and victimization scripts based on sexual disorientations into their politics too. Maybe they just like losing. They are also driven and defined by feelings, including hatred.

Dean, January 2005:
I hate Republicans and everything they stand for.

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