Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Howard Dean Gets It

Howard Dean on Rachel Maddow's show last night:

This is like Washington was when I got there five years ago. You know, the Democrats really weren't sure they were Democrats. If you want to win, you actually can't sort of move to the middle and become a Republican. You've got to stand up and stand for the things that you got elected on and that the Democratic Party believes in and we haven't seen that in the healthcare bill and I think that's part of the problem.

I do not think, however, that this is a referendum on health care. I certainly don't think it's a referendum on President Obama. I think it's a very smart, tough Republican campaigner, people are upset because of unemployment and they don't that the climate in Washington--that people are listening to them in Washington. They think they're more interested in making deals with special interests than they are in dealing with the Wall Street bankers who ripped them off.

[...]I would say to my fellow Democrats that this not the time for appointing blame.... There are plenty of things that went wrong, plenty of blame to be spread around.

People who blame others are losers. If you want to win elections you stop blaming and you get to work. And that's what's going to have to be done after this election.... I think the message has been sent that if we plan to do better than this in 2010, we'd better do better for the American people between now and next November.

You know what? To hell with Scott Brown! This ain't over yet.

Thanks to mcjoan at DailyKos.

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