WP on Dean Revisited

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Hey, I think I was too quick to judge the Dean on Religion article in the Washington Post.  I felt that the reporter, Jim VandeHei, was soft on Dean and failed to analyze or even characterize the veracity of the doctor’s statements on religion.  Having re-read the article, I have a new perspective.  (Hey, I’ve been celebrating the holidays, and the mind isn’t quite up to full speed.)

VandeHei has done a hatchet job to Dean.  The reporter didn’t have to include Dean’s misplacement of the Book of Job.  Nor did he have to state, without color or comment, Dean’s church change over a bike path.  Nor did he have to put Dean’s statements on religion in the context of Southern strategy.  More examples of VendeHei’s subtle inclusion of more information than Dean’s handlers might have wished are available in the article.  My favorite paragraph:

A few minutes later, when discussing corporate greed, Dean promised if elected president to call business leaders from around the country into the White House to stress ethics and responsibility. “Moral tone is a huge deal in the presidency,” he told the audience [emphasis mine].

Reading Dean’s quote, “Moral tone is a huge deal,“ elicits pity for the speaker.  The sentence is utterly sophomoric, like Holden Caulfield’s paper on the ancient Egyptians.  Could anything embarrass Dean more than forcing him to read his own thoughts on moral tone aloud?  “Moral tone is a huge deal!“  Indeed. 

If my reassessment of the writer’s motive is correct, then I owe Jim VandeHei an apology.  This subtle, understated article may harm Dean more than all the vicious attacks combined.  The article makes Dr. Dean look bad without the author saying so. 

Sperm Counts Off by 1/3

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I found this on Drudge.  I offer a contrarian explanation, however.  Perhaps the feminization of men–mandatorily sitting to urinate in pre-schools, supporting Howard Dean–is reducing the amount of testosterone men produce.  I’d like to see a study that measures the sperm count in deficient men before and after a weekend movie marathon of The Godfather I and II, Patton, Braveheart, The Patriot (Mel Gibson’s), and Band of Brothers (all 10 episodes).  For kicks, throw in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Animal House, and My Cousin Vinny. 

My prediction is that these men will produce an overabundance of sperm for the next three weeks.

Dean and Yankee Power

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We know that Dean has a problem with his handling of security and safety failures at Vermont’s only nuclear power plant.  Dean’s World has an excellent point. 

Combine the Yankee Power/Homeland Security issue with Dr. Dean’s secret energy policy meetings, and you begin to see that money talks with the good doctor, as does he from both sides of his mouth. 

Also, have you noticed that the big magazines, Time and Newsweek, are starting to question the Dean phenomenon?  While people like me enjoy ripping Dean for any reason, it’s a bad sign when those who should support him begin ripping him.  As I predicted, once he became too embarrassing for big name liberals to support, his star will fall.  As the economy picks up, the Dems will look to give Bush a whipping boy for November–that would be Howard Dean.  As Patton said about the German army,

Monday Morning QB

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No, it’s not about football. 

1.  Howard Dean isn’t an idiot, according to Andrew Sullivan.  He’s a doctor, dictator, refuses to be challenged or questioned, has no peers, likes to tell people what to do, right or wrong, and let the patient suffer the consequences of his errors. 

2.  PoliBlog.com has an interesting piece on Dean and Job.

3.  Don’t miss The Corner today.

4.  I will have more to write later.

Christian Dean

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From the Washington Post

“I am still learning a lot about faith and the South and how important it is,” said Dean, a Congregationalist. The Congregationalist Church is a Christian denomination that preaches a personal relationship with God without a strong hierarchal structure guiding it. Dean was reared an Episcopalian, but left the church 25 years ago in a dispute with a local Vermont church over efforts to build a bike path.

Christian Dean (con’t)

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The Democrats have a real dilemma:  Dean is seen by more and more people as both a shameless opportunist and a man who can’t speak straight. Making mistakes of fact at a pace of three a week, he runs the risk of looking significantly less intellectually vigorous than President Bush–something most people thought unthinkable a few months ago.  Is it any wonder that Kerry, Gephardt, and the rest of the Democrat field are scared of Dean?  And should we all be?