Howard Dean: At least he's consistent
Howard Dean was hailed as the man to save the Democrats after taking a hard loss, but it was no secret that those on the right were just as ecstatic; conservatives must be psychics. While energizing the base, he has failed to gain moderate voters, driven away some contributers, and even fallen far behind the GOP in terms of raising funds. Of course, there are Howard Dean's many "enlightened" musings, which include "[most Republicans] never made an honest living in their lives" and "t's pretty much a white Christian party".
So, how do Republicans respond? Conservatives have every right to be outraged at the idiotic things that have come out of Howard Dean's mouth. He has libeled the entire party and hypocritically placed stereotypes there as well. If RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman said such things about the Democrats, they would be up in arms ready to fight such terrible charges.
Ken Mehlman responded by greeting the Republican Jewish Coalition with the following.
Good afternoon, my fellow white Christians.The first response is a joke. Mehlman criticizes Dean for using such a tactic and states that Howard Dean should not wait to get a response in kind. This is the appropriate (and truthful) answer, one that will be attractive both to strong conservatives and moderates. With a lot of momentum from 2005, and no slowing in sight, Howard Dean remaining the chair of the DNC could greatly aid the Republican party in the 2006 mid-term elections.
And somehow, I think the Democrats sense this as well.