So I’ve been subscribed to Howard Dean’s mailing for a very, very long time.
This does not necessarily mean I’m a Dean supporter, but, I mean, really, with options like Joe “I Would Absolutely Be A Right Wing Conservative if I wasn’t a Jew but If I wasn’t A Jew Maybe Gore Wouldn’t Have Lost So Many Southern States” Liebermann, Dick “I have been running for President since you were in diapers” Gephardt, and John “I’m Skull And Bones, I’m Obviously Supposed to Be The Nominee” Kerry, the governor of a small rural state with universal health coverage and legalized civil unions doesn’t seem so bad. (But can he dance like Sharpton? No way.)
But every once in a while Dean does something so asinine that I wonder if there’s any chance he’s electable. You know, like that Confederate Flag comment. It’s one thing to say “Republicans have been race-baiting for years. It’s wrong, it’s unethical, it’s important that everyone, black, white, brown, whatever, face the issues that unite us. Namely, why the fuck are we in Iraq, and why the fuck do over 40 million Americans have no health insurance?” But saying you want to be the candidate for people with Confedereate flags on their pickup trucks just shows such an ignorance and insensitivty that I can’t blame anybody, African American or otherwise, for being pissed at him.
And on that note… here’s a bit from an email I just got from the Dean campaign.
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Date: Tue, 09 Dec 2003 15:17:26 -0500
From: “Gov. Howard Dean, M.D.” email@example.com
Subject: On Vice President Gore’s Endorsement
Today is a great day for our campaign. An extraordinary leader, and a fine American, has joined our cause. I am honored to accept the endorsement of Vice President Al Gore.
And I look forward to January 20th, 2005, when we follow the example of another great Tennessean, Andrew Jackson – we will throw open the doors to the White House and let the American people back in.
Governor Howard Dean, M.D.
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That’s Right. Andrew Jackson. You may remember him from such great American historical events as The Trail of Tears. Or you may remember him as the last of our Presidents to engage in a duel to the death, when he shot and killed Charles Dickinson for calling him a “scoundrel” in a newspaper. Great Tennessean indeed.
[This was originally a dripmail, but then I remembered I forgot to update today. Umm, Tivo Week is over. I guess.]
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