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Howard Dean Views Tea Party As “Last Gasp Of The 55-Year-Old Generation” (Likes Mitt for 2012)
Mediaite ^ | January 5, 2011 | Matt Schneider

Posted on 01/06/2011 10:46:08 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

On a day when many Tea Party-influenced Republican members of Congress took the oath of office in Washington, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean is storming back onto the scene, first declaring Tea Party leadership to be fraudulent and now revealing his true thoughts about the whole Tea Party movement at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast. Although he doesn’t think Tea Party members are racist, he does think “it’s the last gasp of the 55-year-old generation . . . a group of older folks who’ve seen their lives change dramatically.”

Dean continued:

Every morning when they see the president they are reminded that things are totally different than they were when they were born and I think that has a lot to do with it. . . Economic uncertainty fuels this but this is the last gasp of the generation that has trouble with diversity. The tea party is almost entirely over 55 and white, and the country has changed dramatically as a result of what happened in 2008 and it’s not going back. Every day that goes on, the demographic change continues, and that’s what a lot of this is about.

Given that Tea Party favorites like Senator Rand Paul, Senator Marco Rubio and Sarah Palin are each under 50 years old, and that many would argue the Tea Party has many constituents well under Dean’s age threshold, Dean’s conclusion seems questionable. However, Dean is never one to shy away from giving his opinion, also revealing his prediction that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is the strongest Republican challenger to President Obama in 2012.

Watch the clip from the Christian Science Monitor below:

(VIDEO AT LINK)


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: 2012; clinton4romney; dean4romney; diversity; dnc4romney; economy; hillary4romney; howarddean; howarddean4romney; islam4romney; kerry4romney; msm4romney; obama; obama4romney; palin; rahm4romney; romney; rove4romney; soros4romney; teaparty
He "doesn't think they're racist" and then commences to accuse them of racism.
1 posted on 01/06/2011 10:46:11 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A few older people I know voted for Hussein. They watch TV constantaly and are stupid. Typical TV viewers brainwashed by all TV and Fox is only marginally better. Stupid sheep. They traded liberty for a TV clicker.


2 posted on 01/06/2011 10:48:45 AM PST by Frantzie (Slaves do not have freedom only the illusion of freedom & their cable TV to drool at)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Dean is a socialist moron.


3 posted on 01/06/2011 10:49:04 AM PST by jospehm20
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

In which the self-important elites, in this case an arrogant, Leftist POS, continue to demonstrate how little they understand about not only the Tea Party, but conservatives, and larger still, regular American citizens.


4 posted on 01/06/2011 10:50:45 AM PST by EyeGuy (RaceMarxist Obama: The Politics of Vengeance)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m 34 & have been Tea Partyin’ since the ripe old age of 32 so Deaner the Weiner can kiss my a$$


5 posted on 01/06/2011 10:51:40 AM PST by surroundedbyblue
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Did he scream yeeaahhh(!!!) at the end of the speech?


6 posted on 01/06/2011 10:51:48 AM PST by stevem
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“it’s the last gasp of the 55-year-old generation "

He wishes thats all it was! LOL

7 posted on 01/06/2011 10:52:13 AM PST by abigail2
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To: Frantzie

“He who trades liberty for security shall have neither” John Adams


8 posted on 01/06/2011 10:53:12 AM PST by CIDKauf (No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The tea party is almost entirely over 55 and white, and the country has changed dramatically as a result of what happened in 2008 and it’s not going back. Every day that goes on, the demographic change continues, and that’s what a lot of this is about.

Howard Dean says this kind of thing regularly. Which makes it obvious that he doth protest too much. He's the one flipping out over demographic change.

9 posted on 01/06/2011 10:53:25 AM PST by freespirited (Truth is the new hate speech. -- Pamela Geller)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Dean is, as usual, completely wrong -- or else he's desperately trying to misdirect. This administration is the last gasp of the 50-and-older hippie generation. The younger people even now moving into positions of prominence were kids and young adults during the Reagan era. And they are demonstrably NOT fans of Howard Dean.
10 posted on 01/06/2011 10:54:47 AM PST by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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Oh, well that settles it then !

The GOP should let the head of the democRATs decide who will win the GOP nomination for President. /s

11 posted on 01/06/2011 10:54:55 AM PST by pyx (Rule#1.The LEFT lies.Rule#2.See Rule#1. IF THE LEFT CONTROLS THE LANGUAGE, IT CONTROLS THE ARGUMENT.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
So the old 1960s mantra, "Don't trust anyone over the age of 30!" has been updated to, "Don't trust anyone over the age of 55!"?
12 posted on 01/06/2011 10:55:27 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“it’s the last gasp of the 55-year-old generation . . . a group of older folks who’ve seen their lives change dramatically.”

"Socializing" America is the last gasp of communism hiding
behind the disguise of "progressive" and "liberal."

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13 posted on 01/06/2011 10:55:27 AM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

14 posted on 01/06/2011 10:57:17 AM PST by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“I am sorry mister dean... your race card has been canceled... I am required to cut it in half... have a nice day”.

LLS


15 posted on 01/06/2011 10:57:26 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: freespirited
Howard Dean is the last of the spoiled 'trust fund kid' Hippy generation.
16 posted on 01/06/2011 10:58:00 AM PST by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The other lie was the Tea Bag people have an unhappy home life. Hilarious.
17 posted on 01/06/2011 10:59:07 AM PST by oyez (The difference in genius and stupidity is that genius has limits.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That is leftist logic; i.e. something is both A and non A at the same time and in the same manner.


18 posted on 01/06/2011 11:01:47 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The condescension of such constitutional illiterates simply reveals their ignorance of the vast intellectual abilities of most grassroots American citizens who make up the "Tea Party" movement.

Dean and his ilk in the so-called "progressive" movement subscribe to the counterfeit ideas of Mao, Marx, Lenin and Keynes, overlooking the enduring ideas of liberty so well understood by America's founding geniuses and encapsulated in our Declaration of Independence and Constitution. It was those ideas which allowed individual liberty, opportunity, and prosperity to attract millions of the oppressed from all the world.

On the other hand, the philosophy embraced by the "progressives" have produced tyranny by a political elite, lack of opportunity for individuals, and want in every society where that philosophy has prevailed.

America's so-called "Tea Partiers" have taken advantage of new technologies in order to read and study the documents of their liberty and the writings and speeches of the nation's Founders. They are not motivated by fear, as Dean and his cohorts would have us believe. Rather, Tea Partiers are motivated by a passion for liberty not felt on so large a scale since 1776.

So much for his condescension! It merely provides a window to his limited understanding of his nation's source of greatness.

19 posted on 01/06/2011 11:02:02 AM PST by loveliberty2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We know that Dean is one of the ‘change’ group that cares less about an established, over 200 years, law of governance than he/they do for a system that belittles human dignity to the feet of glory kings such as Dean and Obama.


20 posted on 01/06/2011 11:03:38 AM PST by noinfringers2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We know that Dean is one of the ‘change’ group that cares less about an established, over 200 years, law of governance than he/they do for a system that belittles human dignity to the feet of glory kings such as Dean and Obama.


21 posted on 01/06/2011 11:03:59 AM PST by noinfringers2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

22 posted on 01/06/2011 11:05:07 AM PST by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ll put this right next to that 60 Minutes poll that said that, to cut the deficit, 61% of Americans favor taxing the rich and 20% favor cutting defense, while only 7% combined favor cutting Social Security or Medicare. I mean, the Republicans must be geniuses if they can win with 81% of Americans supporting the Democrats’ fiscal platform.


23 posted on 01/06/2011 11:06:33 AM PST by The Pack Knight (Laugh, and the world laughs with you. Weep, and the world laughs at you.)
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To: Frantzie
A few older people I know voted for Hussein. They watch TV constantaly and are stupid. Typical TV viewers brainwashed by all TV and Fox is only marginally better. Stupid sheep. They traded liberty for a TV clicker.

And that's why they called it TV "programming."

24 posted on 01/06/2011 11:06:50 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Howie is 62.


25 posted on 01/06/2011 11:11:54 AM PST by bgill (K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I always love a 62 year old white man telling me (who is in his 30’s and not white) ...that I’m old and racist... BWHAHAHAHA.


26 posted on 01/06/2011 11:12:00 AM PST by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yo, Dean you asshole! The average age of the founding fathers was 43.8 and most were in their 40s and 50s with a couple in their 60s.

There is no “last gasp” about it; we can still take up arms in defense of the Constitution if it comes to that and you’d be well served to keep that in mind.


27 posted on 01/06/2011 11:17:45 AM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Dean is never going to be anything but a former governor of...(snicker)... Vermont, and he’s certifiably nuts. Frankly, I find him rather amusing.

And to the upside, at least he doesn’t hide his animosity. You always know where you stand with him, that’s for sure.

Dean’s pegged hard left, totally whacked, full of bluster and beyond the pale... but on balance, he’s not in a position to have much impact anymore. Nowadays, he’s sort of like the nutty neighbor who yells at mosquitos as he feeds his imaginary chickens late at night.


28 posted on 01/06/2011 11:20:15 AM PST by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Are there Freepers who are psychiatrists who can offer help or advise to these Liberal useful idiots?


29 posted on 01/06/2011 11:23:16 AM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: abb

Exactly - the TV “programming” also was geared towards dumb young people who loved Obama in 2008 and probably still do. All of TV is garbage.


30 posted on 01/06/2011 11:26:34 AM PST by Frantzie (Slaves do not have freedom only the illusion of freedom & their cable TV to drool at)
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To: RJS1950

What Good Can a Handgun Do Against An Army?
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-backroom/2312894/posts


31 posted on 01/06/2011 11:27:48 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Please donate to FreeRepublic, sanity in a world gone mad!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Every morning when they see the president they are reminded that”

The people who voted this lame brain Halfrican Brown Clown to be POTUS were definitely STUPID!


32 posted on 01/06/2011 11:29:42 AM PST by Renegade
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well Howie, it’s not our “last” gasp, because we’re going to repeal Obamacare and live another 30 years.
Howie, your brand of anti-Constitutional socialism has been rejected. That way American’s don’t have to suffer through it’s certain failure, if it were to be implemented.


33 posted on 01/06/2011 11:44:40 AM PST by G Larry (When you're right, avoid compromise!)
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To: The Pack Knight
I’ll put this right next to that 60 Minutes poll that said that, to cut the deficit, 61% of Americans favor taxing the rich and 20% favor cutting defense, while only 7% combined favor cutting Social Security or Medicare. I mean, the Republicans must be geniuses if they can win with 81% of Americans supporting the Democrats’ fiscal platform.

53% of Americans want to cut gov't spending, and 54% oppose the Obama Administration's health care bill, so by your statistical "logic", I guess that means over 100% of Americans support the GOP's fiscal platform.
34 posted on 01/06/2011 11:50:36 AM PST by kenavi (The good ol' US of A: 57 state laboratories for the future.)
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To: ScottinVA

Just for giggles, go to youtube and input “Howard Dean Reversed”. There are two vids that begin with his scream only its “HGRRAAEEEEEEEYOO!” followed by a stream of inchoate syllables some compare to a Hitler rant. There’s some software than makes it possible.

Dean makes no less sense backwards than anything else he’s screamed.


35 posted on 01/06/2011 11:57:29 AM PST by elcid1970 ("No Islam, no terror!")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You assume that the military is a bought and paid for, non-thinking force that swears allegiance to the president. We swear/swore allegance to the Constitution; to protect and defend that Constitution, even against those within our own government.


36 posted on 01/06/2011 12:08:50 PM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They are in the same generation Howard Dean is in, except that Dean is a leftist idiot.


37 posted on 01/06/2011 12:19:43 PM PST by popdonnelly (Democrats = authoritarian socialists)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’d like to see the last gasp of the stupid aging hippies, such as Howard.


38 posted on 01/06/2011 12:21:22 PM PST by popdonnelly (Democrats = authoritarian socialists)
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To: RJS1950

I don’t “assume” anything, since I’m not the author of that article.


39 posted on 01/06/2011 12:27:30 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Please donate to FreeRepublic, sanity in a world gone mad!)
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To: popdonnelly
I’d like to see the last gasp of the stupid aging hippies, such as Howard.

Many if not most are ex-hippies who are more firmly rooted in reality now.

40 posted on 01/06/2011 12:29:09 PM PST by windsorknot
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To: kenavi
First off, unlike the poll(s) you're citing, the 60 Minutes poll gave respondents four alternatives for how to cut the deficit. Respondents state their preference for only one - the same respondent could not choose both taxing the rich and cutting defense. Therefore, in this instance, it makes perfect sense to add them.

Second, it isn't my logic. I was comparing the absurdity of that poll's numbers to the absurdity of Howard Dean's statements. Of course 81% of Americans don't support the Democrats' fiscal platform. If they did, Democrats would have gained 50 seats in the House.
41 posted on 01/06/2011 1:10:39 PM PST by The Pack Knight (Laugh, and the world laughs with you. Weep, and the world laughs at you.)
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To: The Pack Knight
the 60 Minutes poll gave respondents four alternatives for how to cut the deficit. Respondents state their preference for only one - the same respondent could not choose both taxing the rich and cutting defense. Therefore, in this instance, it makes perfect sense to add them.

OK, I see. The issue is as old as time, and one recognized by the Founders A majority of the people will always be less rich than the richest. In a democracy, what's to stop the majority from taking from the minority. Ultimately, a wise citizenry, which realizes there are no free lunches.

That is the job of conservatism, to educate the citizenry by appealing to their common sense. We will succeed if our citizenry generally has salt, the common sense. We are doomed if it does not.

At least let's start with ourselves, the so-called "conservative activists." We should look for candidates whose comportment and lives exemplify sobriety and a respect for the hard-earned lessons of history, not those who parrot the lines.
42 posted on 01/07/2011 8:08:55 AM PST by kenavi (The good ol' US of A: 57 state laboratories for the future.)
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To: kenavi
That's true, but my point was that the poll was very suspect. Even given the fact that the poll was limited to four alternatives (two of the more popular Democrat proposals and two of the least popular Republican proposals) which were clearly designed to make the Democrat platform seem more reasonable and therefore more popular, I have a very hard time believing that only 7% would choose cutting Social Security or Medicare.

While cutting Social Security and Medicare have never been that popular, I've seen at least one recent poll that showed 21% support for phasing out social security, not just cutting it. Cutting Medicare is probably less popular (but probably more necessary), but between them, they ought to have at least broken the double digits. After all, this is America - you can usually get at least 10% of the population to support anything.

Ultimately, while I dispute the accuracy of that poll, I recognize that Social Security and Medicare are both still sacred calves to solid majorities of the American people - just not as large as the 60 Minutes poll implies. Unfortunately, cutting them are really the only thing that can save us in the long run. We can cut everything else and raises taxes on everyone, but the crown jewels of the New Deal and the Great Society will still bleed us dry.

In the long run, though, Social Security and Medicare as we know them will either be eliminated or radically transformed. It's just a matter of how much pain we have to feel before we gain the political will to do it. The good news is that I don't think they'll "bankrupt" the United States, because the "liabilities" they represent can at any time be eliminated instantly by act of Congress.
43 posted on 01/07/2011 12:10:49 PM PST by The Pack Knight (Laugh, and the world laughs with you. Weep, and the world laughs at you.)
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