Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Escallating the Rhetoric: When You Can't Win the Argument, Say the Other Side Wants Your Man Dead

That's what Howard Dean says.

Here's the transcript:

STEPHANIE MILLER (1:29): I saw you (Howard Dean) on Keith Olbermann last night. You really do believe we’re going to have a public option.

HOWARD DEAN: At the end of the day, I think we will. First of all, the president is a very smart guy and he knows very well this can’t work without a public option. Secondly, you know he’s run into a rough patch in the Senate, mostly because of Democrats, honestly.

The Republicans, they have no interest in this Bill. They’re using the 1994 playbook. Let’s kill the bill and kill the president...... or, kill the president’s term. Although there are sort of angry people out there I get very nervous about this stuff. I don’t like it at all.

DEAN (5:02): I’m an optimist. I think the president is gonna get a bill on his desk. I think it is going to have a public option in it. He’s going to sign it in December, his numbers are gonna turn around and we’re not going to lose a lot of seats. In fact I think we’ll pick up seats in the Senate and lose just a couple of seats in the House.

Frankly, it's disgusting stuff when you have someone saying that political opposition wants to kill the president. I'm not sure that even qualifies as free speech, but it certainly follows the plan to demonize opposition.

Notice how he walked back from "kill the president" to "or kill the president's term." There's a big difference between those two statements, and Dean knows it. To have even uttered the accusation of assassination discredits him, but how much more discredited can Dean get?

More at Hot Air.