Howard Dean: Why I Back Separate Yet Equal 2.0

Howard Dean seems to be under the mistaken impression that repeatedly shoveling the same bullshit will somehow make it smell sweeter:

My argument is simple. This center may be intended as a bridge or a healing gesture but it will not be perceived that way unless a dialogue with a real attempt to understand each other happens. That means the builders have to be willing to go beyond what is their right and be willing to talk about feelings whether the feelings are “justified” or not. No doubt the Republic will survive if this center is built on its current site or not. But I think this is a missed opportunity to try to have an open discussion about why this is a big deal, because it is a big deal to a lot of Americans who are not just right-wing politicians pushing the hate button again. I think those people need to be heard respectfully, whether they are right or whether they are wrong.

Yes, Gov. Dean, your argument is indeed ‘simple’: despite your throwaway acknowledgment that, yes, Virginia, there are indeed Muslims who died at Ground Zero, the very act of being a Muslim-American is still something that is inherently offensive. Suppose we should be grateful that you weren’t alive during the Civil Rights era, lamenting over the lack of respect for the poor fee-fees of Southern whites (whether they were right or whether they were wrong) as they railed against the fifth-columnistic communist encroachment of Dr. King and the rest of his negro agitators.

Separate yet equal = feel-good compromise, natch.

Most importantly, it’s all-too telling that the ‘feelings’ Dean believes should be acknowledged and respected are those of  Sarah Palin’s ‘Real’ (read: paranoid white Christian) Americans. In one fell swoop, a former progressive Democratic presidential candidate has blithely disenfranchised an entire ethnic cohort, one that, it should be noted, has faced an unrelenting barrage of demonization and xenophobic hysteria from the US political establishment, media and general public ever since the Twin Towers fell.

Golf fucking claps.

On that note, I can’t think of a better segue into Tim Wise’s recent DKos diary on liberal-left racism (h/t Jenn Pozner). Who ever would have guessed that Howard fucking Dean would ever become its poster child?

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