The problem with going political in a blog is that there are already 343,000 other people on the internet saying what you are saying. I myself turn to Bud or Tod for rational leftist discourse, leaving them to articulate many things so I don't have to. Every time I talk about politics, I get so fucking angry that I do more harm than good.
That said, this Howard Dean Confederate Flag brouhaha has got to stop. Anyone with a brain knows that Dean wasn't being racist, or even particularly insensitive. His point is absolutely dead-on: there are a shitload of not-very-bright people in the South who need to be brought back into the Democratic Party, because the Republicans have done nothing but bait their latent racism with one hand while stealing their wallets with the other. And yes, those Southern rednecks do occasionally have a Confederate Flag on their pickup truck in one guise or another.
Personally, I think the South is the least racist place in America, but that's beside the point. The other Democrats - most notably Edwards, Lieberman and Kerry – have gone after Dean with the fervor of a starved tribe spotting their first buffalo in months. Those guys know perfectly well what Dean was saying, but are pretending to be shocked and dismayed in order to shore up their own flagging support base. It's disingenuous and disgusting. Watching the "Rock the Vote" on CNN, I became unshakably despondent watching these fuckers tear into each other – the winner of that debate was George W. Bush.
Don't they get it? Don't they understand that the only ticket that could possibly beat Bush is a Dean/Clark or Clark/Dean duo? I don't know why nobody is coming out and saying it. Dean is the only progressive smart enough to be president, and Clark is the only dude Americans will trust with Homeland Security. End of story. In the meantime, I have to watch Joe Lieberman's giant head drone on, and suffer through pictures of John Kerry holding his gun (as if that crap is fooling anybody).
There is that old cliché about how liberals, believing more in nuance and self-questioning, will always lose to conservatives in a pissing contest. That is something we're going to have to live with. But the Republicans do something Democrats don't: stick together with a singular message. Sure, that message may be fascist, draconian and terrifying, but they rally around a leader and get their boys elected. The Democrats are presently looking like the back end of the 2nd Violin section at a mediocre Junior High School. And I should know.