Dean Vows to ‘Beat the Hell’ Out of Republicans, Why Won’t Obama?
November 4, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—Former Vermont Governor and 2004 presidential hopeful Howard Dean provided The Politico the quote of the week. The no-holds-barred hero to progressives offered up a deeply satisfying response to the Republican electoral sweep on Tuesday. Dean vowed Democrats would “…beat the hell out of them in 2012.”
The Politico’s Roger Simon floated up the unlikely possibility of Dean challenging President Obama in a 2012 Democratic primary. That’s not about to happen. But at a time when dispirited Democrats and the White House feel like they were just punched in the gut by a million Mitch McConnells, Dean’s fighting and bomb-throwing tone perked a few of us up.
“President Barack Obama sounded humble, almost meek, Wednesday at his news conference. “No one party will be able to dictate where we go from here,” he said. “We must find common ground.”’
“Howard Dean took a somewhat different tone on the phone with me the same day. “If Republicans think we’re going to slow the growth of Medicare and Medicaid and give tax cuts to those making a million dollars a year, we will wrap that around their necks and beat the hell out of them in 2012.”’
It wasn’t easy to watch President Obama behave so meekly before the press corps on Wednesday, while mentioning the word “compromise” three times. If anyone has been paying the slightest bit of attention to the obstructionist antics of Republicans these past two years, it’s crystal clear they have no intention of compromising with the President. And they are not shy about admitting it. The GOP keeps telling us their main goal is to destroy the Obama presidency, no matter what the cost to our country.
But for some reason, President Obama and the majority of Democrats don’t believe them.
Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell clobbered Obama over the head with his obstructionism today, doubling down on his public pledge to destroy President Obama politically to ensure he is a one-term president. His taunting speech at the Heritage Foundation was filled with incendiary rhetoric, threats and blackmail.
Who in the White House and Congress can stand up to McConnell’s threats? Is Sen. Harry Reid (R-NV) up to the task?
Dean told The Politico President Obama has to take some of the blame for the mid-term shellacking, as Obama put it, on Wednesday.
“But the loss of the House is, he said, “to some extent a referendum on Obama.”
To some extent, yes, it was, but not in the same way the mainstream media is suggesting–that voters rejected Obama’s political agenda. They didn’t, but they are hurting economically. And voters have been barraged with a dedicated campaign of lies and misinformation from Fox News, the tea party, Republican lawmakers and right-wing talk radio, demonizing President Obama and his policies.
And from the very beginning of his presidency, Obama was too quick to appease Republicans and conservatives within his own Party. As a consequence, many of his legislative achievements were watered down, especially the stimulus bill that was not big enough to make a serious dent in the unemployment rate.
So, what now? Regroup and fight. Fight for Democrats. Fight for progressives. Fight for your own policies President Obama. Fight for America.
If President Obama and the Democrats roll over for the likes of Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, they may as well just hand over the keys now.
Photo Source: Wikimedia/John Hoke/ Dean’s Declaration of Candidacy, Burlington, VT June 23, 2003/Creative Commons Attribution.