Monday, February 28, 2005

Dr. Evil

In a speech about tolerance and how the Left has a monopoly on it, Howard Dean shocked the world by proving he can pronounce the word "evil." And what unfortunate soul has behaved so badly that he's labeled them evil? Conservatives, of course.
"The issue is not abortion. The issue is whether women can make up their own mind instead of some right-wing pastor, some right-wing politician telling them what to do.
"Moderate Republicans can't stand these people [conservatives], because they're intolerant. They don't think tolerance is a virtue. I'm not going to have these right-wingers throw away our right to be tolerant.

"This is a struggle of good and evil. And we're the good."
Common sense usually dictates that the face of your party should: a) have won at least one Presidential primary, b) be capable of successfully negotiating a bike path on the property of his church without withdrawing from the church in a hissy, c) be someone other than the person who's highest-profile moment was the permanent recording of hitting rock bottom.

The Dems must have some diabolic Rove-esque master plan if they really think that dipping into some of the 60 million Bush voters can be done most effectively by ushering a Vermont Governor to lecture Joe Churchgoer in language more strong than he'd used for the mass killers on 9/11.

The Dems said they were going to get serious. I'm still waiting for any indication of that. Having realized that "values" are important to have, they're out shopping for some. The tricky thing about being "progressive," which by definition means having an excuse to modify your moral absolutes as required by frequent assessments of feelings, is that the value you're pitching has to remain constant. This makes it difficult for the Left to make their values clear, as doing so would limit their ability to shift when their position is no longer politically tenable.

Late-term abortion wasn't a Dem value until they realized there were votes to be got by keeping parents from finding out about the abortions their kids having are with their tax money. Gay marriage wasn't a Dem value until they figured it a winning strategy to pander to the fraction of the 2% of the population who is gay and wants to marry - at the expense of aligning 180 million Americans who think that marriage should involve a tux and a dress, worn by the traditional sexes.

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