From Tuesday’s Opinion Journal:
Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, stopped by the offices of the liberal American Prospect for lunch last week, and according to the Prospect’s Tapped blog, Salon’s Walter Shapiro had this exchange with him:
Shapiro: Governor, from where you sit, is the fact that there will be two caucuses between the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary a done deal, or is this still open for negotiation, as to whether there will be caucuses and/or whether New Hampshire will have its traditional unmolested Iowa/New Hampshire role in American history?
Dean: We don’t molest anybody. We leave that to the deputy press secretary of the Homeland Security agency.
Dean’s reference is to Brian Doyle, who was arrested this month for allegedly sending sexually explicit emails to a “14-year-old girl” who was actually a police detective. Blogger Kevin Aylward at Wizbang notes that this case has gotten lots of attention from liberal bloggers, “heaping generous portions of blame on the Bush administration.”
But it turns out, also according to Aylward, that Doyle is a career civil servant and a registered Democrat! Dean’s little joke is not only tasteless but is at the expense of his own party.