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Dr. Dean's Dybbuk
The Conning Tower ^
| Jan. 1, 2004
Posted on 01/01/2004 10:31:52 AM PST by Davis
Last August, Dr. Howard Dean was among the recipients of a questionnaire sent out by the Quad-City Times of Davenport, Iowa, to all candidates for the Democratic nomination. One question was: "My closest living relative in the armed services is ....
Fill in the blank was the idea, see. Not hard. Innocuous, really, irrelevant to a candidate's fitness for office. Carol Mosely-Braun had no trouble with it. She answered that hers was a small family and she had no relatives currently in the armed services.
But Dr. Dean's answer was, "My brother is a POW/MIA in Laos, but is almost certainly dead."
Since the truth is that Dean's brother, Charles, had never been a member of the armed services-he had been on a year-long round the world tour in 1974 when he disappeared in Laos--and was, indeed, "almost certainly dead," (his remains were identified in November) one is pressed to find a reason for Dr. Dean's strange response. Whatever possessed him to answer falsely when the truth would have served him just as well?
One may note, too, that this answer was not a slip of the tongue, a verbal potatoe uttered under stress, something on the order of Dean's solicitation of the votes of rednecks who drive pickup trucks adorned with Confederate flags. Well, that's not a slip of the tongue either, now that I consider it. So, one wonders why candidate Dean said that and repeated it and defended it and made himself thereby a target of scorn for the conscience of the Democratic party, the Reverend Al Sharpton. Was it mere miscalculation or something more compelling?
In other respects, too, Dean's Southern strategy is baffling. Why did he protest from a podium in Tallahassee that Southerners are overwrought by "race, guns, God, and gays" and then describe himself to the Boston Globe on Christmas Day "...as a committed believer. . .in Jesus Christ [who] said he expects to increasingly include references to Jesus and God in his speeches as he stumps in the South."
Why follow this up with this personal vision of Jesus?
"Christ was someone who sought out people who were disenfranchised, people who were left behind. He fought against self-righteousness of people who had everything. . . . He was a person who set an extraordinary example that has lasted 2000 years, which is pretty inspiring when you think about it."
Why did Dr. Dean publish this extraordinary vision of Jesus as social worker with not even a word of His divine nature? How does one square Dean's self-declared status as committed Christian believer with a Christmas Day message on his official website that manages to mention Jefferson and Franklin Roosevelt but omits the word "Christmas"? (I am indebted to James Taranto's Best of Web for this item.)
Surely, this omission wasn't simply a fortuitous event, an Act of God, so to speak. It must have been humanly deliberate, planned. But why? It certainly doesn't seem calculated to get Dean votes in his run for nomination. Can it be that he regards mentioning Christmas in a Christmas Day web message the first fatal step down the slippery slope leading to theocracy? I remind you that George Will, a pundit of the first water, while quite critical of Dean, tells us that Dean "isn't a fool," so what are we to think?
It would be easy to categorize Dean's declaration of his refusal to prejudge Osama bin Ladin's guilt (recanted a day or so after its first expression) as a temporary lapse induced by fatigue. Likewise, it would be tempting to ascribe to the strain of campaigning this bewildering assertion, "I would not have hesitated to go into Iraq, had the United Nations given us permission." I mean, he must know he isn't running for election to the United Nations-that there are no votes for him there, and that he was under no duty to say anything at all about such a hypothetical case. So what prompted this barmy outburst?
By now, no doubt, everyone can see the pattern of Dr. Dean's behavior. He is the front-runner for the Democratic party's nomination. Yet he seems compelled to try to defeat himself. Why? Why? Why?
I reject out of hand any notion that Dr. Dean is "conflicted," as the boys on the quarterlies might say, and really doesn't want to be President. My theory-hold on now, this is my blog, and I have wrestled with Dr. Dean's problem for days now. I have consulted scores of sages and many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore.
The only explanation that fits the facts, all the facts, and nothing but the facts, is that Howard Dean's body has been invaded by the wandering soul of a dead person-a dybbuk. Yes, you read it right. Dean is possessed by a dybbuk.
Scoff, if you want to. That's my theory, and I'm sticking to it. Contrary views, sent to me by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org will be considered for publication in our celebrated Sages' Pages.
TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2004; dean; howarddean; southernstrategy; strategy; trentino; truth
posted on 01/01/2004 10:31:53 AM PST
The Converion of St. Howard on the Bike Path to Burlington
posted on 01/01/2004 10:35:45 AM PST
(freepo ergo sum)
Good one, Trentino! And here's a giggle: the conscience of the Democratic party, the Reverend Al Sharpton-- LOL! That party's in serious trouble, isn't it?
posted on 01/01/2004 10:39:12 AM PST
by Clara Lou
I think the free association inanities he spouts are those completely in sync with his followers. This contradictory, patronizing condescension exactly mirrors the Northeast liberal's manner of thinking. He'll probably try to reign it in once he gets the nomination (key word is "try")
AFTER Dean gets the nomination, someone should just ask him if he believes that Jesus is the son of God. When he answers, we can all go back to watching South Park until election day, because it will be over.
posted on 01/01/2004 10:51:28 AM PST
by Pukin Dog
To: Davis; CovenBuster
Interesting and thoughtful article. So far this is the most plausible explanation I've heard for Dr. Dean's confusing and troubling behavior.
posted on 01/01/2004 10:52:42 AM PST
(A wise man's heart inclines him toward the right, but a fool's heart toward the left. --Ecc 10:2 RSV)
I've been watching this egomaniac (Dean) for years.
My guess is that when he loses he will simply take the money remaining in his campaign till and retire somewhere warm....which should get him out of here at least.
posted on 01/01/2004 11:00:54 AM PST
Dean the Dybbuk? Makes sense sort of (the guy is just whackerd IMO)
Dean the Dybbuk?
Fits in well with Yossele the Gollem.
posted on 01/01/2004 11:13:15 AM PST
(Proud parent of an IDF recruit!)
LOL! What a beautiful pair Dean and Joey make. And I don't think of Joey as a representative Orthodox man (he is too fake). :-)His wife was hilarious (not intentionally) when she did the intro of "My Joey" at the 2000 DNC! ;-)
Verrrrry interesting. Maybe true.
BTW, for those of you, such as I was, who do not know what a dybbuk is, here is an explanation taken from a review for the book Dybbuk on Amizon:
The Hebrew word "dybbuk" comes from a word meaning "cleaving" or "clinging." A dybbuk is a wandering, disembodied soul that enters another person's body and holds fast. This astonishing book chronicles six fully documented and dramatized reports of possession and exorcism in the Jewish experience--including accounts of the dybbuks of Safed, Smyrna, Baghdad, Brisk and Radin. Compellingly written by the author of The Golem of Prague, Dybbuk also features a captivating look at the traditional Jewish perspective on reincarnation, ghosts, apparitions, magic and superstition. A riveting, powerful book that you won't be able to put down!
posted on 01/01/2004 11:34:41 AM PST
Dean is like the kid in class who always had to prove how much smarter and better he is than everyone else. Thus he feels compelled to tell everyone exactly how he is going to play the yokels down south. He has to have the best story about his a relative in the service (it's hard to beat MIA/KIA). He can't just say he is an admirer of Jesus; he has to brag about being a "commited believer" even though he makes no mention of divinity and quit his church over a bike path. It' a clear pattern.
posted on 01/01/2004 11:37:53 AM PST
"I've been watching this egomaniac (Dean) for years."
Maybe you know......why doesn't Dean just buy short sleeve shirts?
To: Ben Hecks
Maybe you know......why doesn't Dean just buy short sleeve shirts?
No...I donno.........needlemarks, maybe?
posted on 01/01/2004 11:59:02 AM PST
To: mc5cents; Davis
Now that we're certain about Dean's dybbuk status, we have to press forward to identify the wandering soul which has invaded his body and causes him to act like a simpleton.
posted on 01/01/2004 12:33:36 PM PST
"we have to press forward to identify the wandering soul which has invaded his body and causes him to act like a simpleton. "
I nominate Lord Haw Haw because it sure as heck ain't Churchill.
posted on 01/01/2004 12:39:18 PM PST
(black dogs are my life)
To: Ben Hecks
"why doesn't Dean just buy short sleeve shirts?"
Because then he couldn't pretend to be this guy...
Hoping to Broaden his Appeal in the South, Dean admits "Im a Bigot"
12/27/03 | self
Posted on 12/26/2003 11:31:32 PM PST by woofie
Dateline Vermont...The Dean campaign admitted today that Howard Dean is not only a metrosexual but is also a bigot.
"I'm seeking the southern bigot vote." admitted Dean, "and people need to understand that I'm a bigot just like other southerners"
Capitalizing on bigotry may be a risky political move however, many experts are unsure just how this will play out in the general election.
"While Dean has been solicitous of Reverend Sharpton....the black vote is not an absolute certainty at this point," says Harvard professor, Shirley Froid, "Many blacks have announced they plan to vote for Bill Clinton in the next election."
"It shows a lack of education about the South on his part," says presidential candidate John Edwards, " We, in the South are not all bigots....some of us are black"
Coming on the heels of his statements that he plans to talk about Jesus, and eat chicken fried steaks, the announcement by Dean that he too is a bigot is seen as a "full Southern strategy" meant to solidify his base across the country.
posted on 01/01/2004 12:45:21 PM PST
That's Doctor Dean in the Upper Left
Is it Hillary's wandering soul that possesses him?
How many articles have I seen on this theme: that this guy cannot be serious, that he is so stupid that it appears somewhat like he's deliberately setting himself up for a debacle and the party along with it.
Well, using Occam's razor, perhaps that's indeed what he's doing.
To: Monti Cello; mc5cents
As I understand it, dybbuks are the souls of dead people. Hillaey is alive, I think, so Dean's dybbuk couldn't be her wandering soul.
Could it be the soul of Lizzie Borden who "took an axe and gave her father forty whacks, and when she saw the deed was done, gave her mother forty-one"?
posted on 01/01/2004 2:32:08 PM PST
Plausible explanation, yes, but how do we explain those who think he's just grand?
posted on 01/02/2004 8:40:28 AM PST
(When they saw the star they rejoiced with exceeding great joy!)
Lotta Dybbuks floatin' 'round out there...
posted on 01/02/2004 1:42:31 PM PST
To: Ben Hecks
....Maybe you know......why doesn't Dean just buy short sleeve shirts?.....
He's a Yankee and too cheap to buy a shirt he can wear for only 30 days they have as summer.
posted on 01/02/2004 1:48:10 PM PST
(Have you offended a liberal today?)
That's it! LOL!
posted on 01/02/2004 1:55:55 PM PST
("Dean is God's reward to Mr. Bush for doing the right thing in the war on terror." Dick Morris)
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