Thursday, February 17, 2005


Howard Dean Remarks A Slight to Blacks and Ignored by Mainstream Media is about the only news source covering Howard Dean's racially insensitive remarks given at a DNC dinner.

During a meeting with the CBC on Friday, Dean joked: "You think the Republican National Committee could get this many people of color in a single room? Only if they had the hotel staff in here."

The flap over Dean's "hotel staff" remark isn't the first time critics say he has crossed the line on race.
During the primary campaign last year, the former Vermont governor repeatedly told audiences that he wanted to be the candidate of "white folks in the South who drive pick-up trucks with Confederate flag decals."

What do you think the MSM reaction would have been if a prominent Republican - let alone the RNC chairman - made the exact same comment. Dean's comments speak volumes of how he sees the average African American: working in a service job and likely uneducated. Just as stereotypical as the pickup truck and confederate flag rant.

There are quite a few of the right-leaning talking heads and pundints who are hesitant to criticize Dean as the new DNC chair. I'm suspicious that most of them agree with me that Dean is a psychopath and will be a disaster for the Democrats - but they are just hedging their bets. Not only has he shown himself to be a loose cannon on several occasions, he has been isolated in the Northeast for his whole life. He has no idea how people think and how things get done outside of Boston. The last election clearly showed that the path the Dems choose was rejected by America. Now they have chosen a DNC chair who lives at the end of that rejected street.

Deans comments have drawn the attention of at least one prominent black politician. Maryland's Lt. Gov. Michael Steele has called for a public apology, calling Dean's remarks " racially insensitive and intolerable." I agree.

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