June 13, 2005
If I don't defend Dean no one will. Accually New donkey and Political Animal do just fine jobs. Dean has been kicking a little ass as of late and has "gone too far." But here is the important part - He hasn't backed down. Dean is moving the rhetorical goalposts. When he doesn't back off from the harsh statement and when it turns out there are no bad consequences, it then becomes ok to say mean things about Republicans. Republicans say mean things about Democrats all the time. Dean is just leveling the playing field. The first week or two will be hard. But the long term pay-off will be great.