Dean, who believes that extremism in denunciation of George W. Bush and all his works is no vice, has made himself the vehicle for venting by Democratic activists. They comprise the big bleeding liberal heart of the party's nominating electorate, whose detestation of Bush is a witch's brew of hatred and condescension.Howard Dean is the candidate for the venters. That might be enough to energize the base and win the nomination, but it's doubtful if that there are enough anti-Bush venters to win the entire election.
Its three main ingredients are lingering resentment about Florida (they believe the U.S. Supreme Court should not have settled the 2000 election; that Florida's Supreme Court should have), fury about Bush policies from tax cuts to war and, most important, a visceral, almost aesthetic recoil from Bush's persona -- his Texasness, the way he walks, the way he talks. They would not like the way he wears his hat or sips his tea, if he did such things.
Thursday, August 07, 2003
George Will calls the Democrats the party of venting.
Posted by Betsy Newmark at 7:08 AM