Dean’s open-mouth, insert-foot problem

Dean’s open-mouth, insert-foot problem

I about fell off my chair when I read this Associated Press article. Here’s how it begins:

Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean on Friday criticized President Bush for restricting stem-cell research based on religious beliefs even though his own faith affected his decision to extend legal rights to gay couples.

Why was I surprised? Because an AP reporter is calling a Democrat a hypocrite for criticizing a Republican! Is raining frogs outside?

As the article points out, just this week Dean said “The hallmark of Christianity is to reach out to people who have been left behind,” as he talked about how his faith impelled him to sign the gay unions bill in Vermont.

But today he says:

“I think we ought to make scientific decisions, not theological and theoretical decisions,” Dean told voters at a town hall meeting. “I think that what the president did on stem-cell research was based on his religious beliefs and I think that is wrong.”

So what Dean is really saying is that it’s wrong to make decisions in favor of conservative positions based on religious beliefs, but it’s okay when you’re deciding in favor of liberal positions.

Every time Dean opens his mouth about religion, he sticks his foot in. Do you think that perhaps the liberal establishment has realized that Dean can’t win against Bush and so they’re sabotaging him in favor of someone they think can?

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli