Here’s a weird political analysis: Bush is a divider, but Howard Dean is a uniter? On Sunday, CBS “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer portrayed Bush as a divider, calling him “a polarizing politician,” but hailed Dean as a uniter. Schieffer trumpeted how Dean “is a hit at this point” because “he seems to be the first Democrat who’s found a way to bring new people into the process here. He’s found a new kind of participatory politics….Dean has gone into the Internet and begun to bring people together.”
Dean has united only the Bush-haters. Could you imagine if in 1996, the Republican presidential field had included a hard-core, outsider, Clinton-bashing candidate on the order of Dean, that Schieffer would have hailed him as a “uniter”?