December 28, 2003

"Howard Dean in the pulpit is like Michael Dukakis in a tank "

Zev Chafets on poor Dean's "Southern Strategy."

....This assumption runs especially strong in what Dean likes to call "the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party." These people don't believe in much, but they are fervent on the subject of their own superiority. To them, America's red states (as identified in TV maps on Election Night 2000) are populated by ignorant cowboys, unwashed swampies, hellfire preachers, beauty parlor bimbos, redneck sheriffs, Confederate flag wavers and retarded hillbilly kids sitting in trees playing the banjo.

This picture of Southern inferiority, like all articles of faith, is immune to both empirical observation and personal experience. To guys like Dean, Dixie is and will forever remain a vast county fair where a slick Yaleman can sell 5-gallon jugs of snake oil in return for votes....

If you have children you know how they can try to be serious and sophisticated, and the result is hilarious, but they get hurt and bewildered if you laugh at them? The metro types who go for Dean are just like that. They have no idea how Dukakis-in-a-tank funny their pronouncements are, and not just about southerners. Remember "Bush had no right to wear a military uniform on that carrier!"? That's goofy and tone-deaf in at least six different ways (not including that a flight-suit isn't a uniform). How hurt and confused they must feel when we don't take them seriously. No wonder they are angry. Dukakis probably doesn't understand to this day why people were laughing at him.

Posted by John Weidner at December 28, 2003 3:28 PM
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