June 13, 2005

Howard Dean


From Reuters: Cheney slams Howard Dean as 'over the top'.

Vice President Dick Cheney slammed Democratic Party boss Howard Dean as "over the top" in a television interview to air on Monday, saying Dean had helped Republicans more than Democrats.

"I think Howard Dean's over the top. I've never been able to understand his appeal. Maybe his mother loved him, but I've never met anybody who does," Cheney told Fox News Channel.

"So far, I think he's probably helped us more than he has them. That's not the kind of individual you want to have representing your political party," Cheney said.

Cheney's attack was the latest in a chorus of Republican complaints about the Democratic National Committee chairman, who recently said Republicans "never made an honest living in their lives" and were "pretty much a white, Christian party."

Some prominent Democrats have complained about Dean's comments but others have rallied to his defense. The former Vermont governor was known for his fiery rhetoric during his failed 2004 White House run.

Cheney admitted it "doesn't matter so much what I think, I'm a Republican," but said some Democrats he had talked to thought Dean was "doing more damage to the party than he is good."

UPDATE -- June 21: From The Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Dean answers Cheney's barb about mother. (Via Memeoradanum)

Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean, responding to criticism from the vice president, said he doesn't "care if Dick Cheney likes my mother or not."

Posted by Forkum at June 13, 2005 08:04 PM