Well, Howlin’ Howard Dean has done it again. In a radio interview, he slipped and referred to the Republican Party as “the white party.” He quickly laughed it off and corrected himself, but it was too late: it was out there.
Howard Dean has a history of race-baiting. Back in 2005, while addressing the Congressional Black Caucus, Dean told the crowd: “You think the Republican National Committee could get this many people of color in a single room? Only if they had the hotel staff in here.”
A couple of months later, Dean said the Republicans are “a pretty monolithic party. They all behave the same. They all look the same. It’s pretty much a white Christian party.”
It takes something very special for a former governor of one of the whitest states in the union (yes, even whiter than my own New Hampshire) to play the race card. It’s like the snowflake calling the toilet paper white.
So, just how has Howlin’ Howard done on promoting diversity in the Democratic leadership? Well, Michelle Malkin has the photos that show how it’s going: of the nine top leaders of the party, eight (including Dean) are white men. The sole exception is Nancy Pelosi, a white woman.
Personally, I think that’s irrelevant. I’ve long been an advocate of color-blindness, of simply letting the best people — regardless of race, sex, orientation, creed, national origin, or whatever — rise to the top without handicapping or “adjusting” or compensating or balancing. It’s the Democrats who have made such a point of such identity politics — who seem to have a problem with practicing what they preach.
And heading it up is good old Howlin’ Howard Dean, who routinely tosses off the kind of race-baiting remarks that one normally associates with the likes of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.
There’s a term tossed around in the hip-hop/rap/gangsta culture for white people who try to act like the stereotypical urban black, but I won’t use it here — no matter how much it seems to fit Howard’s behavior.
Rather, I’ll call him a “wannabe.” The political equivalent of Vanilla Ice.
And that’s the guy the Democrats like having head up their party.