Howard Dean, that is. He’s at it again. In a speech to college Democrats Friday night, Dean went into orbit; among other things, he denounced the Supreme Court’s Kelo decision and blamed it on President Bush:
The president and his right-wing Supreme Court think it is ‘okay’ to have the government take your house if they feel like putting a hotel where your house is. We think that eminent domain does not belong in the private sector. It is for public use only.
This is utterly bizarre. President Bush has not yet nominated anyone to the Court, and the Kelo majority consisted of the Court’s liberals (plus Anthony Kennedy), with the Court’s conservatives (plus Sandra O’Connor) dissenting. Either Dean is astonishingly ignorant, or he assumes that young Democrats are.
As he does in speech after speech, Dean accused Republicans of being immoral:
We are Democrats because we have moral values, We think it’s a moral value to stop stealing money out of the Social Security trust fund.
More lunacy. Ever since Social Security taxes started generating a surplus, that surplus has been spent on other government programs, under Democratic and Republican administrations alike, and regardless of which party controlled either house of Congress. Dean can’t possibly be ignorant of this fact.
Then there’s this: “‘I am sick of being divided!’ Dean shouted over the applause.” Yes, that’s right: Howard Dean, uniter of Americans!
Yet Dean continues as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and an overwhelming majority of Democrats cheer his absurd pronouncements. Isn’t it reasonable to ask, at this point, whether there are any adults left in the Democratic Party? And if so, where are they?