Dean Campaigns In The Red States — But For Which Party?
Howard Dean is going to have a hard time helping the Dems make headway in the red states when he’s apparently looked at as such a radical and polarizing figure that Democrats like Kathleen Sebelius don’t even want to be seen with him…
“Before his selection as DNC chairman this month, Dean said he would bolster local and state party organizations even in the nation’s most conservative areas.
“How do we expect those places to vote Democratic when we don’t even show up?” Dean said during Thursday’s speech.
Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who was elected in a 2002 race marked by tensions between moderate and conservative Republicans, hadn’t planned to attend any of Dean’s events.”
You can’t really blame Sebelius for not showing up. All it would take is a little footage of her with Dean to put together a commercial that practically writes itself.
You start with footage of Sebelius & Dean together, looking like the best of pals on stage, then show some clips of Dean sounding like an extremist or saying things that would aggravate half of Kansas…
— “I hate the Republicans and everything they stand for…”
— “Dealing with race is about educating white folks…”
— “I’ve resisted pronouncing a sentence before guilt is found. I will have this old-fashioned notion that even with people like Osama, who is very likely to be found guilty, we should do our best not to, in positions of executive power, not to prejudge jury trials.”
— “(9/11 & the aftermath will) require a re-evaluation of the importance of some of our specific civil liberties. I think there are going to be debates about what can be said where, what can be printed where, what kind of freedom of movement people have and whether it’s OK for a policeman to ask for your ID just because you’re walking down the street.”
Then you finish up the commercial by saying something like,
“This Nov. 2nd, let Kathleen Sebelius & her Washington allies like Howard Dean get a message: Their extremist, liberal values are wrong for Kansas!”
Watch for commercials just like the one I just described to be running in red states during the 2006 election cycle…
Hat tip to Captain’s Quarters for the story.