Give Bigotry a Chance
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We almost mentioned Howard Dean’s take yesterday on the Not Ground Zero Not Mosque. We ultimately didn’t, because we found more pressing amusements to attend to. Then, having closed the posting day with Christopher Walken performing the Lady Gaga songbook, we sat down to the Keith Olbermann Dinnertime Rant Hour.
And, well, lost it.
Rather than churn out Yet Another Yard of Profound Discourse on Significant Issues of the Day — dear gawd, we’ve been a chatterbox this week — we’ll just throw you to the wolves with this clip of Mr. Dean immolating himself on basic cable last night.
Yes, we know he’s a private citizen now, with no official or party responsibilities, and only speaks for himself. But it’s not that OMG Howard Dean Said Something Stupid!!!, it’s that what he said is so reflective of what Democrats with official responsibilities do.
For all the right reasons, of course.
It’s a stunningly disgraceful performance, made more so by being masked in gentle words of amelioration. Mr. Dean, you do not negotiate with bigots. You defend to the death their right to impassioned demagoguery, and then go down and meet them with baseball bats.