Saturday, August 6


Howard Dean, the DNC's acerbic mouthpiece and cocky chairman, was up to his usual verbal salvos yesterday, this time railing against the Republicans, charging that they will make "scapegoats" out of "immigrants" in the next election. Of course, he was ranting at a rally in Edinburgh, Texas, a predominantly Hispanic border community, and his latest verbal assault came just a day before the Democratic National Committee's Hispanic Summit in San Antonio, Texas. So clearly Dean was pandering to the Latino vote, but doing so by demonizing (i.e., "deanizing") the Republicans, rather than extolling Democratic Party solutions, of which there are none.

Howling Howard purposefully avoided the adjective "illegal" when he spoke of "immigrants," despite the fact that illegal immigration and border security will, indeed, be front-burner issues in the 2006 elections and despite the fact that a majority of Hispanic American citizens are fed up with Congress' indifference to these issues, holding both political parties accountable. Dean, true to form, also assailed President Bush as "petulant" and accused him of "rebuffing" Mexico's Presidente Vicente Fox and undermining the relationship between the two countries.

Had Dean instead charged President Bush with kow-towing to Fox, I would have agreed with the DNC's Chairman. But, fact is, neither the President, the Republican Party, nor the Democratic Party, has addressed the thorny issue of illegal immigration, its costs to American taxpayers, and its bona fide threat to homeland security in an age of terrorism. Each Party is seeking to garner a greater share of Latino votes and both will neglect the country as long as they can get away with it.

The real story is that both political parties see amnesty as the solution and that is where each is headed; and, in that regard, there's not a discernable difference between the two. It's a turf war over votes, not how best to do the right thing and serve the interests of the country.

To be sure, Dean is more than a dunce; he's plain loco.