Howard Dean: Hypocrisy and Hilarity. . .
MR. RUSSERT: Let me stay on your rhetoric. [You said] that “I hate the Republicans, what they stand for, good and evil, we are the good.” . . . you said, “Republicans are brain dead.” You mentioned you’re a physician — “[Dean] did draw howls of laughter by mimicking a drug-snorting Rush Limbaugh. . . .”
But is it appropriate for a physician to mock somebody who has gone into therapy and the abuse for drug addiction?
DR. DEAN: . . .The problem is it is galling to Democrats, . . .to be lectured to about moral values by folks who have their own problems. Hypocrisy is a value that I think has been embraced by the Republican Party. . .
MR. RUSSERT: But should you jump in the fray and be mocking those kind of people?
DR. DEAN: I will use whatever position I have in order to root out hypocrisy.
And here’s the punchline response from Unalienable Right:
Hardly a day goes by that we don’t hear this silly “Republicans are hypocrites” meme.
This is the typical ‘thought’ on the left – Judging is wrong, hypocrisy is wrong, except it’s OK for us to judge people who are hypocrites, and that doesn’t make our judging hypocritical, because the people we’re judging are meanies, and judging is wrong, except when you’re judging meanness, and we’re good, so judging us is bad, but Republicans are bad, so judging them is good, so our judging is by definition good, and they’re judging is by definition bad. . .
And with all the criticism leveled at journalists (including mine) the last few weeks, it’s worth pausing a moment to say: Tim Russert is a stand-up guy. Those are some great questions he leveled at Dean – more in the transcript.