Piss off, Biden
Democratic Sen. Joe Biden blasted the head of his own party on Sunday for his over-the-top outbursts, saying that Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean doesn't speak for him as well as most other Democrats he knows.
Asked about recent comments where Dean trashed Republicans as "evil" and said House Majority Leader Tom DeLay belongs in jail, Biden told ABC's "This Week": "He doesn't speak for me with that kind of rhetoric and I don't think he speaks for the majority of Democrats."
Asked if he thought Democrats needed to "rein [Dean] in," Biden said, "I don't presume to suggest that I could rein in any chairman. But I think that the response from the bulk of the elected Democrats - I don't imagine would be much different."
"I hope [Dean] listens," added the Delaware Democrat.
What is a major Democrat doing bad-mouthing another Democrat on national television? I thought we had learned that this was stupid ...
Plus, it is way past time for establishment Dems like Biden to stop trashing the party's rank and file, which is what Biden is doing by trashing Dean. Biden has no clue what "the majority of Democrats" think, unless by that he means the majority of his buddies in the Beltway. Dean does speak for me, at least more than any other major Democratic figure. Certainly more than Biden. And I'll bet a lot of folks feel the same way.
So do us a favor, Joe: next time you have a problem with Dean, make a fucking phone call.
UPDATE: John Edwards commits the same sin.
UPDATE 2: Or perhaps not.