It was revealed today that Howard Dean has been ducking, for some time, a joint appearance on Meet the Press with GOP Chairman Ken Mehlman. It happened again today, as Dean declined Mehlman’s invitation to appear together with an “uncomfortable cackle.”

This is no surprise. There is no comparison between the two party chairmen; they sum up, really, the differences between the parties. The last thing the Democrats want is for the slow-witted but quick-mouthed Dean to have to debate with Mehlman, and be exposed as the goofball he is. Dean’s unwillingness to appear with Mehlman is emblematic, too, of the Democrats’ attitude toward media: they love to dish it out, but they don’t want to take it in return. They want to loose their scurrilous attacks against the Bush administration, then flee before they have to actually defend them.


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