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Dean's Dialogue: Effective Attack or Out of Whack?

Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean (search) said in San Francisco last week that Republicans are "a pretty monolithic party. They all behave the same. They all look the same. It's pretty much a white Christian party."

Democrats Joseph Biden and John Edwards are criticizing party chairman Howard Dean, saying his rhetorical attacks on Republicans have gone too far.

Dean has said Republicans "never made an honest living in their lives" and House Majority Leader Tom DeLay ought to go back to Houston where he can serve his jail sentence. DeLay has not been accused of any crime.

Dean "doesn't speak for me with that kind of rhetoric and I don't think he speaks for the majority of Democrats," Biden, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Sunday on a network morning news show.

Dean's dialogue: effective attack or out of whack? Click here to vote!

A sample of your responses:

The GOP gets blessed each time this man opens his mouth.

Erie H.

As a lifelong Democrat, I originally found Howard Dean's energy and charisma a welcome respite in the '04 campaign... even the scream-fest towards the end. However, after hearing his bizarre comments since becoming head of the DNC... I now realize that "scream heard round the world" was the common sense portion of his brain self-destructing. At this point, I'd vote for ANY Republican before anyone associated with him. What's next for Dean... coming out and saying HE was molested by Michael Jackson too? Wouldn't surprise me.

Jon W.

Tennyson, IN

Strangely enough, what Dean says seems to be working...

Mark P.


Out of whack? I don't know when Dean was ever "in whack." Between the scream and in the past couple months saying he hates Republicans and everything they stand for, calling them evil, corrupt, etc., and now this? He's so far out of whack... he doesn't even remember what whack is!

Randy A.

Nashville, TN

While I don't think H. Dean would make a good president and feel he could relay information in a more palatible manner, he does say what he means and thinks and does not make apologies. Which in this day and age of politics is rare... His statement of the Republicans being mostly white and Christian is true. There are other religious groups that are represented in the Republican party — the Jewish religion comes immediately to mind, but there are others... The Republican party IS starting to move to a more hard core Christian identity and Bush saying that he does not believe in Evolution is proof of this. This type of exclusion WILL cost the Republican party some of their base, especially some of the non-Christian party... Dean forgot to include gun owners, the wealthy, large companies like the oil and tobacco industries, but maybe he's saving that for another day and another rant.

Christina C.

Hot Springs, AR

Did you hear that Dean Just got an award? It was for being the best supporter of the "Republican" Party.

James W.

Roseburg, OR

The Democrats talk the talk about diversity, but the Republicans walk the walk. Compare the placement, in key positions, of minorities and women in both parties and you will see the difference.


Glendale, AZ

I am frightened by the behavior and attitude of Howard Dean as the leader of the Democratic party. His attitude and remarks about Christians reflect the worst of bigotry and are typical of the language, stereotyping and labeling which precedes organized hate leading to pogroms and ethnic cleansing.

Why is no one condemning an entire political party directed by radical fundamentalist secularist haters of religious people?

Rev. Douglas B.

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