What Obama And Hillary Should Have Said

2 comments May 4th, 2008at 08:00pm Posted by Eli

See, this is why I wanted the Democratic candidates to ask Howard Dean for pointers before they offered themselves up to be interviewed on Fox News:

WALLACE: The left wing of your party is in a snit over all these Democrats appearing on Fox. In fact, the head of MoveOn.org had this to say about Democrats on Fox. “It legitimizes a right wing network that is going to use that credibility to smear them in the general election.” He and the head of the Daily Kos are using words about you guys showing up here as weak, idiotic, stupid. How do you respond to the left wing?

DEAN: What I’d say is this: we stayed off Fox for a long time because your news department is, in fact, biased. But, Chris, you haven’t been. You’ve always been tough, but I always thought fair and I still think that’s true. And we need to communicate with people who are going to vote in the Democratic Party. Hundreds of thousands of Republicans have turned their back on their own party to vote in the Democratic primaries in the last six months. We owe it to our — to all the American people to reach out to those folks. This is not about Fox News. That’s not why I’m here today. I’m out because I want to talk to your viewers directly about why this election is important and what we can offer the American people.

WALLACE: Let me ask you, and obviously it’s always about the millions of people who watch these shows. Looking back, do you think it was a mistake for the Democratic Party to boycott Fox debates and all the other programs during the last year and thereby boycott getting your message out to the millions of people who watch?

DEAN: No, I think it was the right thing to do, because there are some things in the news department that have really been shockingly biased and I think that’s wrong and I just say so right up front. It is important also for us — we shouldn’t punish the viewers of Fox by staying away. Now those viewers have had an opportunity to look at the debates on other channels, now they’re going to have an opportunity viewing on this channel and I think that’s fair.

But wait, there’s more:

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said Sunday that Republicans are using “hate and divisiveness” to win elections.

Dean argued that the use of Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-Ill.) former pastor Jeremiah Wright in GOP ads in local races is “race baiting.”

“When you start bringing up things that have nothing to do with the candidate and nothing to do with the issues, that’s race baiting,” Dean said on Fox News Sunday in response to a question whether the Wright issue and his ties to Obama hurt Democrats down ticket.

“There’s a lot of difference between the Republicans and the Democrats on issues, but the biggest issue of all is we don’t use this kind of stuff. We never have used this kind of stuff, and we’re not going to start now,” said the DNC chairman. “America is more important than the Republican Party, and that’s the lesson that the voters are about to teach the Republicans.”

Awesome.  Why can’t all the Democrats say stuff like that?

(He did let Chris Wallace off a little too easy, but he called Fox News and the GOP out for what they are, which is the most important thing.)

Entry Filed under: Clinton,Democrats,Elections,Media,Politics,Republicans


  • 1. Cujo359  |  May 5th, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Gosh, he sounds so angry. ;-)

    I think that the reason more Democrats don’t talk like this is that they’re still running for office. Sadly, while Dean’s style sits well with some of us (me, for instance), it seems to grate on some people. That includes a lot of folks who comment at Firedoglake.

    I don’t know why, and unfortunately asking a question like “What’s wrong with Dean?” always seems to elicit nonsensical references to The Scream or some other trivial matter. I think politicians tend to avoid this sort of controversy because so many voters out there are, how can I put this delicately, brain dead idiots who let late night TV talk show hosts influence whom they vote for?

  • 2. Eli  |  May 5th, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    I’m not so sure about that. I think if a candidate went all Hackett on Fox, more voters would respect them than be turned off, but maybe that’s just me.

    And I have to say, I wasn’t real enamored of Dean as a presidential candidate, but I sure do like him as DNC chair. I’d like to see him speak out *more*, though.

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