Sunday, November 13, 2005

Dean, Democrats Have no Plan for Important Issues

Democrat Party Chairman Howard Dean appeared on NBC's Meet the Press this Sunday.

Given the opportunity to appear along side by side RNC Chairman Mehlman, Dean refused to share the stage with Mehlman, insisting that he would only appear if it were in a format where he could not be challenged by his Republican counterpart.

As the interview progressed it became clear why Dean was reluctant to confront Mehlman head on. When confronted with poll numbers indicating that Americans in general, and independent voters in particular believe the Democrat Party lacks a plan for the future, Dean replied that the Democrats have a plan. Dean refused to give any details about the plan.

When asked what the plan was by host Tim Russert, Dean replied that they will make the plan public in the near future. Russert continued to push, explaining that Democrats only talk about broad goals like better healthcare, or protecting Social Security without ever actually suggesting new policies, Dean had no policy details. When Russert pressed for a time table, Dean would only commit to sometime in 2006.

This is similar to John Kerry's mysterious "three point plan" that he mentioned in Presidential debates, a plan he would never explain in public, but sometimes told people they could read about on his website.

Twelve months after the 2004 election, twelve months before the 2006 mid-term election, and Howard Dean can't explain what the Democrats would do differently. If the party chair can't come up with a policy plan now, that is a sign of the total intellectual vacuum in the Democrat Party.

In Kansas we can see this in the lack of leadership demonstrated by Governor Sebelius. Last year she didn't even propose an education budget, the biggest, most important issue in Kansas, the biggest part of the state budget, and the Democrat Governor didn't even propose a budget. MIA on the biggest issue because she didn't have a plan, and didn't know what to do.

The Democrats don't have a plan, they don't know what to do, they don't know how to make the country a better place. Dean's performance this morning should demonstrate to everyone that the Democrat party has no new ideas, no solutions to the big issues of the day.

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