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By Diogenes (articles ) | Feb 04, 2004

"We're going to tell all those white boys who run the Republican Party to stay out of our bedrooms!"

That's Howard Dean, addressing supporters in Seattle earlier this week. The Seattle Times reporter claims the line provoked one of the biggest ovations of the evening.

I live a much more uneventful existence than Doctor Dean, as I have never found or expected to find the Republican National Committee, in whole or in part, under my bed or on top of my dresser. It has to be a nuisance.

Yet I can't help but feel concerned by Dean's language. Isn't it more than a little peculiar for an adult male of European ancestry to assume the identity of a "woman of color" -- a woman of color threatened by those white boys out there? Isn't it odd that a 56-year-old male should find the bedroom a place of special menace? In all events, the picture he paints of himself jerking the bedlinens up to his throat in outraged modesty and squealing at the big bad men who have invaded his boudoir is not reassuring.

Is there a psychotherapist in the house?

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  • Posted by: Sterling - Feb. 08, 2004 10:35 PM ET USA

    I don't get any of this. Was Dean wearing blackface when he made this comment or something?

  • Posted by: - Feb. 04, 2004 3:57 PM ET USA

    One of the more delicious things to ooze out of the Jackson mammarygate fiasco is Dean's judgement that the impending FCC investigation of this obviously contrived media event is "silly". Never mind that most of the adults in the country would cheerfully electrocute everyone even remotely involved. Dr. Dean is arguably psycho.

  • Posted by: AveMaria580 - Feb. 04, 2004 12:36 PM ET USA

    Peter Kreeft has his version of Lewis' Screwtape orate that hell taught people to "scorn logic itself, as if logic were only part of a dead white European male chauvinistic conspiracy to oppress women and liberals." Being of white European male ancestry is a handicap in Dean's liberal never-never land. What's left but the romanticized version of the helpless fuzz-brained female? Dean reminds me of the big bad wolf dressed in gramma's clothes. The frilly bed-cap goes poorly with facial hair.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 04, 2004 12:22 PM ET USA

    I would question the stability of anyone who would go to medical school only to abandon the practice of medicine after only one year - for an eventual career as a name-calling politician. And to think this guy was able to con so many people out of millions to support his candidacy. Gulls and knaves abound.

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