Texas Rainmaker
The Backdoor Antiwar Strategy
May 10th, 2007 8:28 pm

It shouldn’t come as a surprise, given that many of the Democrat Presidential candidates don’t even think there’s a war on terror going on.

It looks like the Left is rehashing the “Katrina antiwar strategy”. The newest campaign kicked off this past weekend when Kansas Democrat Governor Kathleen Sebelius claimed that shortages of equipment and well-trained personnel slowed Guard response to the killer tornadoes that ravaged her state.

“There is no doubt at all that this will slow down and hamper the recovery,” Sebelius, a Democrat, told Reuters in Kansas where officials said the statewide death toll had risen to 12 on Monday.

“Not having this equipment in place all over the state is a huge handicap,” Sebelius said.

And who’s helping get this message out?

On Monday, anti-war groups, including the National Security Network and Americans Against Escalation in Iraq cited the shortage of equipment to deal with the Kansas disaster as the latest example of what they see as the war’s detrimental impact on domestic security.

Of course they did.

And of course, it’s all a big lie.

While Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and the Bush administration jaw back-and-forth over the relief efforts for Greensburg, Kan., the town devastated by Friday night’s F-5 tornado, town residents have chimed in and say they couldn’t be any happier with the response from the government and other rescue units.

The poor response thing is just political BS,” Greensburg resident Mike Swigart, 47, who lost his house and four vehicles from the storm, told wcbstv.com in an exclusive interview. “I saw her on television and I’m disappointed in that because she doesn’t know what she’s talking about.”

Maybe she didn’t realize the response was adequate because she’d actively worked to insure it wouldn’t be. It appears this isn’t just a case of another Democrat Governor shooting off her mouth to score political points… this appears to be a well orchestrated campaign.

Sebelius, was calling to apologize to the Senator for making the Political statements that she did. She explained that she did not believe them and that they actually had too many National Guardsmen show up.

Governor Sebelius explained “Sam, you know how political everything is right now and we’re not allowed to let an opportunity like this just pass.” She continued “I made sure not to blame you or Pat (Senator Roberts?) or anybody outside the White House. With his (Bush’s) numbers, you can’t really blame me for usin’ that.”

Then Sebelius explained the path to her comments. After Brownback told her that he was very disappointed in her, She pleaded “You know me Sam, I wouldn’t have said it if I didn’t have to.” She declared “Howard (Dean) called me around 5 o’clock (in the morning) and told me not to ask The White House for any help or make any statements until I heard back. Dick (Durban?) called me an hour or 2 later and that’s when he told me we needed to use this ‘n’ said to talk about the Guard all bein’ at war.”

She then explained the thinking; “Speaker and Harry got so much heat on them from both sides over this damn war, ‘n’ they need to get the press on somethin’ else. I didn’t think it was right to use it like this either, but I didn’t see’s I had much choice in this climate, Sam.”

And for good measure, the MSM is jumping on the blame bandwagon.

With repeated deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan leaving state National Guards without nearly half of their required equipment, some governors are loudly questioning whether they will be able to handle the next hurricane, wildfire or terrorist attack at home.

Of course, the only Democrat quoted in the article that doesn’t have a (D) by his or her name is RINO Schwarzenegger. It’s probably because of this fact, the author has decided to leave party affiliations out of the article altogether.

If only the Democrats would fight as hard and as creatively to support the soldiers’ mission as they do to undermine it…

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Is this what they mean by immediate withdrawal?

Jimmy Carter refuses to debate

Al Gore refuses to debate

Howard Dean refused to debate

John Edwards refuses to debate

Democrat Party refuses to debate

Makes you wonder what they’re afraid of…

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Hypocrisy, Thy Name is Howard Dean
July 26th, 2006 8:18 pm

From the AP:

Howard Dean Calls for End to Divisiveness

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Down with divisiveness was the message Wednesday delivered by Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean as he told a group of Florida business leaders that Republican policies of deceit and finger-pointing are tearing American apart.

So how does he plan on “ending the divisiveness”?

By being divisive, of course…

“The Iraqi prime minister is an anti-Semite”

Apparently, when Dean was calling the Iraqi PM an anti-Semite for not denouncing those that attack Israel, he conveniently forgot the time he campaigned while wearing a black and white kaffiyeh, a symbol of Palestinian resistance, made popular by Yassir Arafat.

…and then for good measure, in an attempt to end divisiveness, he made sure to toss some of this very divisiveness at our own President:

“[Bush is] the most divisive president probably in our history” as he complained that Republican policies of deceit and finger-pointing are tearing the country apart.

“He’s always talking about those people. It’s always somebody else’s fault. It’s the gays’ fault. It’s the immigrants’ fault. It’s the liberals’ fault. It’s the Democrats’ fault. It’s Hollywood people,” Dean said. “Americans are sick of that. Even if you win elections doing that, you drag down our country.”

…and in case they didn’t hear him putting an end to the divisiveness, let them hear some more:

Dean also attacked the president on national defense, health care, education and Social Security. “He is bankrupting the middle-class,'’ Dean said.

…and to make sure the divisiveness is once and for all brought to an end, compare a political opponent to a communist:

Howard Dean compares Katherine Harris to Stalin

Maybe it was one of those moments where he was really saying, “It’s time to end the divisiveness now! Oh, wait, I mean…. now! Oops, I meant…. now! No, really, this time I mean it….now!”

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John Kerry’s Global Test
July 17th, 2006 11:41 am

When Howard Dean tells us his party would be stronger on responding to the global threat of terrorism we currently face, just remember the Left wing’s words tell us a very different story.

Left-wingers are protesting Israel’s response to the unprovoked attacks by terrorists. They’re calling for Israel to negotiate with the guys strapping bombs on their bodies before boarding buses full of civilians. They’re demanding Israeli leaders grab a beer and chat with the folks lobbing rockets and missles into apartment complexes in Israeli cities.

Some 1,000 protestors joined Sunday evening in a rally in Tel Aviv to protest the IDF strikes in Southern Lebanon. Police have arrested three of the protesters claiming they were holding a demonstration without a permit.

The protesters, who marched from Hen Boulevards toward King George Street, chanted slogans such as “Olmert agreed with Bush: War and occupation.” “Stop the war monstrosity,” and “Say no to the brutal bombardments on Gaza.” They also accused Defense Minister Amir Peretz of murdering children in Gaza, and recited: “Peretz, don’t worry, we’ll be seeing you at The Hague.”

French President, Jacques Chirac, echoes their sentiments.

St Petersburg, Russia: French President Jacques Chirac on Monday called the Israeli attack in Lebanon “aberrant” and demanded negotiations for a ceasefire.

So what does Howard Dean’s party think? Can you imagine an American political leader using such an absurd standard (’proportionality test’) in response to terrorism? I can. His name is John Kerry… and he was the last Presidential nominee for Howard Dean’s party.

In 1986, Libyan terrorists bombed a Berlin disco that killed one American GI and wounded 51. Mr. Reagan ordered an immediate retaliatory air strike. This response apparently angered Mr. Kerry, who said, “It is obvious that our response was not proportional to the disco bombing … There are numerous other actions we can take, in concert with our allies, to bring significant pressure to bear on countries supporting or harboring terrorists.” Sound familiar?

When Mr. Reagan sent Marines into Grenada in 1986, Mr. Kerry described it as “a bully’s show of force.” When Mr. Reagan was sending aid to anti-Communist forces in Nicaragua, Mr. Kerry called it “haughtiness.” He also was one of the signatories in a “Dear Comandante” letter to Nicaraguan leader Daniel Ortega, asking the murderer to play nice with the United States in defiance of Reagan administration policy.

…and remember his “Global Test” for world leaders to take before responding to terrorism:

“While I stated that my initial inclination was to support the President, I pointed out that two essential tests had to be met in determining whether or not the U.S. action was appropriate. First, the United States had to have irrefutable evidence directly linking the regime to a terrorist act and, second, our response should be proportional to that act.”

“Left wing nutjob” seems to have the same meaning in Hebrew, French or English.

As always, Cox & Forkum hit the nail on the head in describing this Leftwing “proportionality test”:

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More proof that Howard Dean is the gift that keeps on givin’. While Republicans are laughing hysterically that this guy is leading the Democrats, the Democrats themselves are treating Dean like that ex-girlfriend who shows up drunk to your house, dances around on your front lawn screaming and yelling until the neighbors start throwing things at her.

North Dakota Democrat Earl Pomeroy says this to Dean (Audio):

My words to Howard Dean would be simple, shut up. Comments like you made are not helpful, they don�t reflect views of Democrats in Congress and he does not have license at this point to be expressing his personal opinion in that way.

I’m going to have to respectfully disagree with Rep. Pomeroy… please, Dr. Dean, keep speaking. Please, please, please don’t stop.
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In her attempt to disingenuously paint herself as a “not-so-liberal” it appears Hillary Clinton has alienated her own party. So much so that the Chairman of her party endorsed (hat tip: Michelle) an rabid, liberal, anti-war organization just a day after that organization shouted her down during a speech, called her a hypocrite and said they think of her the same way they think of George W. Bush.

One has to wonder if Dean’s own political ambitions might cause Hillary more trouble than she expected… from within her own party.

Can you imagine if Ken Mehlman, Chairman of the RNC was photographed holding t-shirts endorsing Cindy Sheehan or Michael Moore?

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Back in September, liberals manufactured a story about Bill Bennett being a racist, then manufactured some outrage to pile on top of the made-up story. Remember what Howard Dean said back then?

Bill Bennett’s hateful, inflammatory remarks regarding African Americans are simply inexcusable. They are particularly unacceptable from a leader in the conservative movement and former Secretary of Education, once charged with the well being of every American school child. He should apologize immediately. This kind of statement is hardly compassionate conservatism; rather, Bennett’s comments demonstrate a reprehensible racial insensitivity and ignorance. Are these the values of the Republican Party and its conservative allies? If not, President Bush, Ken Mehlman and the Republican Leadership should denounce them immediately as hateful, divisive and worthy only of scorn.

He should “apologize” The comments were “reprehensible”, “insensitive” and “ignorant”. Republican leaders should denounce them at once!

So what do you think was Dean’s response to the recent real racism directed at Maryland Lt. Governor, Michael Steele?

Dean was asked by Tim Russert on “Meet the Press” to respond to the statements, in an appearance that Dean insisted be separate from an interview with Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman. Dean gave no response, aside from saying he didn’t receive an apology for being called an anti-Semite by a member of the Republican Party.

I guess following Dean’s own logic, the racist actions and comments hurled at Steele represent the values of the Democrat party and its liberal allies… since Dean didn’t “denounce them immediately”.

Maybe the candidate for guys with confederate flags in their pickup trucks just figures the hired help black voters won’t notice.

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So why is Dean afraid to be on Meet the Press next to RNC Chair Ken Mehlman?

Probably because he would rather have a podium to monologue his lies, so someone doesn’t inject facts that could interrupt his momentum.

Running scared isn’t going to help rally the radicals…. Not that I’m complaining about that one bit. Keep up the good work, Dean.

Others:
Aaron at PardonMyEnglish - “Maybe he just doesn’t want to get his clock cleaned by Ken Mehlman” - Agreed.
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Money Talks, Bullshit Walks
November 12th, 2005 10:34 pm
This is certainly good news.

The Democratic National Committee under Howard Dean is losing the fundraising race against Republicans by nearly 2 to 1, a slow start that is stirring concern among strategists who worry that a cash shortage could hinder the party’s competitiveness in next year’s midterm elections.

Bottom line, Dean’s message is stuck in the twilight zone. Unmotivating to the ‘Net nerds that poured money into his losing online campaign last year and too retarded for the high-dollar contributors. If the Democrats can’t compete with Republican fundraising in the current climate, they’ll never be able to.

And just think… this is with many Republican supporters withholding contributions until the administration gets serious on reducing spending, protecting the borders and figuring out just how to use a damn veto once in a while.

“We will have the resources to do what we need to do,” said Karen Finney, a DNC spokeswoman.

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History Repeating?
November 9th, 2005 10:36 pm

Yesterday’s elections seemed somewhat reminiscent of the 2001 off-year elections. So much so, it has Howard Dean regurgitating old Terry McAulliffe lines (hat tip: Matt). But if the scenario is repeating itself, much like Dean seems to be acknowledging… then Democrats might be in for a big disappointment this time next year.

Here was the commentary that followed the 2001 elections:

The 2001 off-year elections were a decidedly mixed bag. Wealthy Democrat Mark Warner was elected governor of Virginia while wealthy Republican Michael Bloomberg eked out a victory in the New York mayoral race.

And here’s how the parties spun the results:

Not surprisingly, Republicans’ spin on their 2001 defeats is that they were individual flukes, while Democratic National Committee Chair Terry McAuliffe sees “a huge shift” in political momentum.

Now fast-forward to 2005. Democrat Tim Kaine was elected governor of Virginia while Republican Michael Bloomberg eked out a won a decisive, record-setting victory in the New York mayoral race.

The current DNC Chairman, Howard Dean says…

“I believe national Republican politics … really had an effect in Virginia and California,” said Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean. Voters “don’t like the abuse of power, they don’t like the culture of corruption. They want the nation to go in a different way.”

Huge shift? Want the nation to go in a different way? Democrat wins Virginia, Republican wins New York? Dean is coaching right out of McAulliffe’s playbook.

So let’s look at what happened in the oh-so-crucial 2002 mid-term elections that came in the shadow of the 2001 “huge shift in political momentum”:

In a historic night for the GOP and President Bush, Republicans seized control of the Senate, held onto their majority in the House and savored wins in two hot gubernatorial races… [the] GOP gains in Congress … mark a reversal of historic trends where the party in the White House typically loses seats in the midterm races…

Good call, Howie… here’s hoping (making) history repeats itself in 2006.

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