Skip to comments.Howard Dean Says Reagan Didn't End Cold War
Posted on 01/06/2011 3:15:56 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
Outspoken former Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean apparently isn't planning to celebrate Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday February 6, around which there are coast-to-coast events planned. Instead, the former Vermont governor is shrugging his shoulders, asking what all the fuss is about?
At a media roundtable today, Dean suggested that Reagan had little impact other than stopping the social progression begun under FDR and seemed to dismiss the Gipper's efforts to crush communism, giving the last Soviet premier, Mikhail Gorbachev credit for ending the Cold War, a statement sure to draw sneers from Reagan fans and even historians.
While Reagan is considered in polls and by historians to be one of the five greatest American presidents, Dean took the view that the Republican really wasn't consequential. "I think it's hard to point to particular singular accomplishments that are for the ages, I mean there was no civil rights bill or Medicare or Medicaid established. I attribute the collapse of the Soviet Union much more to Gorbachev than I do to Reagan."
Dean, a social progressive and doctor who is a champion of healthcare reform, even suggested that Reagan might have turned the country backward. "I think Reagan was a great leader, had leadership attributes," Dean allowed. "I do think that he put a roadblock in terms of the Roosevelt revolution. I don't think he reversed it, but I think he put a roadblock in it," he said at the roundtable sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. Dean added: "The thing in retrospect that you look to with Reagan was he did represent, I mean the Republicans are right to revere him, in the sense that he did kind of represent the end of the progress in terms of where Roosevelt was taking the country and a reassessment that we have been fighting ever sense. I think we've sort of fought to a stand still but he put a stake in the ground and stopped the progression to a more humanitarian country."
The often quotable former party chief also let loose on other topics:
-- The likelihood that small business would stop offering health insurance benefits and dump workers into the health reform exchanges is a good thing because it would make businesses more competitive because they've be spending less on healthcare.
-- He won't challenge President Obama in 2012, will encourage others not to take the president on, and believes Obama will win handily.
-- Called the Tea Party the "last gasp" of older whites who are afraid of diversity, adding that Obama's black face reminds them that the nation has changed for good.
I thought Screamin' Dean moved out of the country......
All you have to do is say “Howard Dean” and any right-minded person simply moves on.
Whatever happened to the good old days when people who made absolute asses of themselves in public just “disappeared” and lived out the remainder of their lives in obscurity?
Gee. Just about the time I go to thnking the most useful idiot old dumb ass democrat award should go to Joe Biden and/or Jimmy Carter - along comes the Screamer with yet more fall on the floor stupidity.
Way to go Howie. These remarks are moving you up in the most retarded leftist moron polls.
Right. And you were never a doctor...
Dean suggested that Reagan had little impact other than stopping the social progression begun under FDR...
If this was all he did he should still be called the
saviour of his country.
God Bless ya Ronnie.
I and the girls at the post office can’t wait for
your stamp to come out.
No, of course.
The DemonRATS won the cold war by sending Swimmer Ted the Red Kennedy to undermine Reagan and establish a shadow State Department, in clear violation of the Constitution. In most other countries, the traitor would have been hanged.
But Mickey Garbagechef was so impressed by Red Ted’s act of unilateral capitulation and contrition, that he responded by dissolving the Soviet Union, allowing the Berlin Wall to come down, and allowing all the former Warsaw Pact nations their freedom.
Right, Howie YEARGH Dean? That’s how it happened, right?
release your gubenatorial records, Dr. Dean! lets see what you’ve been hiding.
The likelihood that small business would stop offering health insurance benefits and dump workers into the health reform exchanges is a good thing because it would make businesses more competitive because they’ve be spending less on healthcare.”
oops, howie, your fascism is showing (or corporatism, as Mussolini liked to call it)
And these progressives try to pose as heroes of the middle class. once these liberal elites get done there won’t be a middle class.
Yes, but in Howie’s universe Ronald Reagan never really existed.
That rule changed with Jimmah Carter. We're stuck with that flaming idiot forever, so why not Screamin' Dean?
It confounds me that Dean actually has a license to practice medicine.
It seems to me that stable mental health should be a basic requirement for those allowed to practice such an important profession.
“— Called the Tea Party the “last gasp” of older whites who are afraid of diversity....”
NO, I think it's backwards: Dean, a progressive socialist!
You have to give Hitler an assist for ending the war in the European theater by offing himself. /s
We'll see how well physicians are able to "practice medicine" under Obamacare, which Doc Dean supports.
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