In the political crowd I used to run with, people would say things like “I think Eric Massa is the second coming, Howard Dean was the first” (that is close to a verbatim quote). A lot of these people were really pissed when Obama didn’t give Dean a key position in the cabinet (they wanted him as head of HHS).
I like Howard Dean a lot better than I like Eric Massa, at this point, but they’re both hot heads who have their own agenda. And they’re both back-stabbers.
I thought Dean’s comments that “Bush would have had the health care bill done a long time ago” were beyond stupid for a number of reasons. First, because Bush would never have tried to get something like health care through. Second, because Bush’s two big pushes for difficult domestic legislation (Social Security privatization, immigration reform) failed. Third, because what is the point of saying things like that? If you cared about health care reform, wouldn’t you support some kind of actual legislation instead of whining about what you think Bush would have done?
And the same thing here, of course: what’s the point of Dean making these remarks? Has he thought about the issue to the point where he feels strongly this way? If so, he’s an idiot. If not, he’s an opportunist.
Once and for all, can everyone stop holding up Dean up as a TRUE PROGRESSIVE that Obama shits on?