Skip to comments.Howard Dean: Tea Party 'Not Playing With Full Deck' [Must-See Dean Photo]
Posted on 10/05/2011 5:14:04 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
Bulletin from the Bureau of Pot-Meet-Kettle: Howard Dean has declared that Tea Party Americans "are not playing with a full deck." This not merely from the man who made The Scream famous, but who in the very same segment today had a manic tongue-sticking-out moment [see screen grab] that might have scared pets and small children.
Dean also managed to get into a spirited fight with Michael Steele over Obama's 2012 prospects. Dean claims to see an Obama transformed, a candidate "on fire" who is on course to win. Steele soberly pointed to the 9.1% unemployment rate. View the video here.
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Crazy Howie claims Tea Party “not playing with full deck.” Don’t miss the photo of Dean ping to Today show list.
What Dean means by "not playing with a full deck", it seems to me, is that the Tea Party has adopted an all-or-nothing mindset. It is on display here on FR every day.
Just think about what all or nothing means. What are the odds of getting it all? What does that leave?
"When I began entering into the give and take of legislative bargaining in Sacramento, a lot of the most radical conservatives who had supported me during the election didn't like it.
"Compromise" was a dirty word to them and they wouldn't face the fact that we couldn't get all of what we wanted today. They wanted all or nothing and they wanted it all at once. If you don't get it all, some said, don't take anything.
"I'd learned while negotiating union contracts that you seldom got everything you asked for. And I agreed with FDR, who said in 1933: 'I have no expectations of making a hit every time I come to bat. What I seek is the highest possible batting average.'
"If you got seventy-five or eighty percent of what you were asking for, I say, you take it and fight for the rest later, and that's what I told these radical conservatives who never got used to it."
Ronald Reagan, An American Life
The abortionist himself, eh?
FWIW...that’s exactly what will probably happen. In the end...DC gets the candidate they want and need. For DC...Romney/Obama are two sides to the same coin. Either continues to acrue power and resources to the Borg.
“Bell tower”! LOL! Fits him perfectly!
From the Christian Science Monitor:
“Howard Dean: tea party is ‘last gasp’ of generation that fears diversity”
“Former Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean characterizes the tea party as ‘almost entirely over 55 and white.’ He says tea partyers are driven by the economy but also discomfort about the nation’s demographic changes. “
My question is what has Howard Dean been smoking? Answer: Terminal Ignorance.
While there is slight differences between Obama and Romney.. Not enough of one to get me to vote for him.
I’ll work hard for those down the ticket, but I’ll have to be in a really good mood to vote for Romney.
Ya, ya, ya a vote for anyone but the guy at the top with an R is a vote for Zero.. And here I thought it was a vote for the person I selected.
Throw it back at him.
There are at least 2 cards conservatives don’t use - the race card and the scare old folks card.
Mitt will NOT be the nominee. However, the path is wide open for him to try and win it..but he won’t. His core base of support has stayed between 25-30%, and now, over the next 4-6 weeks, he has to show the ability to grow it. He won’t, and when he fails to add to his poll numbers, then the rest of the GOP base will coalesce around a real conservative. It could well be Cain, unless Palin does decide to get it..
Mood has nothing to do with it for me. It’s a very simple choice. I usually don’t love either candidate, and yet picking the better of the two is a simple thing.
After the 2004 election we got a second term of a mediocre/bad president.
Classic Democrat vs Republican contrast.
Dean is trying to play pinochle with a poker deck.
Come here and say that, Howie!
“After the 2004 election we got a second term of a mediocre/bad president.”
The Congress was worse. I firmly believe that is what caused the hardline stance, I know it has with me.
NEWS FLASH!!! If Romney wins the nomination, it won't be the Tea Party that goes off the rails. It will be the entire republican party. People WILL stay home, and not only will Obambi win, but several other races that the republicans MIGHT have won will be lost because CONSERVATIVES (remember us???) chose to stay home.
Read it and weep - if the republicans continue to play "liberal lite", they will continue to lose. I mean, what's the sense in voting R when there's so little difference between R and D?
That may be slightly true. I think the Tea Party is playing with only 51 of the cards, because DEAN is playing with the only one remaining.
Well, well, Howard Dean.....just the other day, I was wondering what had happened to this escaped mental patient.
Now I know.
All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.
Only, because, Dean and the Bolshies have half the deck up their sleeve.
Howard aaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggghhhhhhhhhh Dean is a clown who lost his circus.
IIRC, the GOP picked up seats in 04. THEN they blew it. THEN they lost seats in 06.
The TEA party has adopted a minimum standard - which apparently is anathema to the GOP establishment.
Exactly. They want a candidate with the least experience possible.
No - They want a candidate with a minimum amount of conservatism. For many, Romney doesn’t rise to that minimal level.
If Romney wins the nomination and conservatives, who are already warning of the possibility, cannot stomach their quadrennial political seppuku, I am sure you will be more than obliging to blame those sentient enough to foresee the predictable outcome.
Right. That's exactly what Dean is saying, and I agree with him. If the Tea Party loses the primary contest, they will choose Obama over the GOP nominee. They will prove themselves to be completely off the rails bat-shirt crazy.
Normal responsible people understand that you can't always get what you want--especially in politics. They understand that when the primaries are over, you get to pick between two choices, and it usually isn't even that tough to find the better choice.
But the Tea Party is morphing into the Tantrum Party. All-or-nothing. If they do what you say, they will obliterate whatever is left of their credibility, and will force the GOP to move LEFT in search of votes. The Tantrum party will be the new libertarian party--one-percenters on the outside looking in. Pure losers.
That's what they're going to get. You know, just because you want something doesn't mean you're going to get it. If the Tea Party wants a good candidate, they should find one. In the meantime, rational people understand we have to work with what we've got.
You want a Tea Party president? Then get some Tea Party governors to serve and prove themselves. Instead they latch onto a gadfly congresswomen unfit for the Oval Office, and a pizza franchiser who couldn't win a GA primary, and they expect to win?? And then if they don't, they'll blame the winner? LOL.
No, the Tea Party isn't morphing into the tantrum party. You're bordering on the ridiculous to justify yet another leftist RINO republican. We can't afford another liberal in the White House. You would think that the repubLICKan party, since their losses in 2006, might come to the realization that the conservative majority in this country doesn't want what they've been offering. But no, they have to keep pushing the "get-along" RINO candidates because "it's their turn".
I fail to see how you would think that the republican party could possible move any farther left and not call itself the democrat party anyway, what with all the "reach-across-the-aisle" RINO idiots like McCain, Graham, and the two bimbos from New England carrying the party's banner.
The party lost me as a supporter in 2006 when they tried to force amnesty down our throats. I'm an independent conservative. If they offer a reasonable candidate, I'll vote for that candidate. If they don't, I won't. It's that simple.
The GOP is a national party, and the best they can muster is Perry and Romney. It's amazing how pathetic that is.
Meanwhile, the Tea Party can't do better than a franchiser and a gadfly congresswoman. Someone else can shake their pom-poms, talk about how any of them would be better than Obama, blah blah. I'm calling it like I see it.
All that said, for me it's a no-brainer to vote for whatever mediocrity wins the GOP nomination, whether it's the establishment mediocrity or the Tea Party mediocrity. To do otherwise, imo, is insane.
You mean you're one of the people who gave us Speaker Pelosi and Obamacare? Nice going. Good strategy.
No, I'm not one of the people that gave us Speaker Pelosi and Obamacare. You'll have to find some democrat voters to blame for that. And, perhaps, some republican party leadership that keeps bringing us such great candidates as Juan McCain.
When the party wants to return to conservatism, freedom, and the constitution, then I may support the party. When they stop pre-selecting winners in primaries, I may support them. When they quit trying to out lib the liberals, I may support them. Otherwise, I only support conservative individuals.
Thanks for Pelosi-Reid. Way to go!
I never got what the big deal was about the scream. To me it was media hype to get rid of an insurgent. The fix was in.
Neither Pelosi nor Reid are within the reach of my vote. The worst you can say is that I (reluctantly) helped bring you Bob Corker. He's only about 43% RINO.
You’re so right. Dean was surging in the polls. But that scream was heard 24/7 for the next week, and he was out of there. Sure, it was funny, and I can’t blame the late night hosts for running with it, but the so-called serious media blew it all out of proportion. I don’t remember the John Kerry bunny suit picture being plastered on every newspaper and TV.
Thanks for posting the video link of the Dean Scream. That was his “last hurrah” so to speak. LOL.
Ditto. I’m really tired of all the Romney truth file cr*p.