The Democratic leadership has a funny way of showing its commitment to "values." Perhaps it should first decide whether it wants to adopt Christian values, redefine them or just cynically mock them.
When liberals were cockier about their political fortunes, they were quick to demean certain Christians as "largely poor, uneducated and easy to command" or the "American Taliban."
Don't get me wrong. The Left is still making fun of Christians, but they've gotten a little cagier. Now they're claiming a slice of the pie for themselves, saying they are the true Christians and decrying Republicans for trying to assert a monopoly on Christianity. Well, I guess we're making some progress.
Ever since the mostly bizarre presidential exit polls signaled the importance of "values" among voters, Democrats have been scrambling to devise a way to work themselves seamlessly into that "demographic." So far, it doesn't appear they've even convinced themselves, but they're still working on it. Several recent news items illustrate the point.
Howard Dean has been making a lot of noise since his triumphal ascension to the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). But when it comes to values -- at least traditional ones -- the poor guy, like the party he represents, is painfully ambivalent at best.
During the DNC meeting on Friday, a lady from the Women's Caucus asked the irascible governor (don't call him "Chairman") why those Republicans keep prattling on about "moral values." The Dean of Scream responded, "When they don't have any, is that what you mean?
Mad Howard didn't stop there. He likened Republicans to "Pharisees and Sadducees" whose hypocrisy Jesus denounced. He also said Jesus' teachings about the difficulty of a rich man entering the kingdom of God weren't "part of the Republican platform."
Apparently wanting to demonstrate he was conversant with the Old Testament as well, Howard snuck in an allusion to Moses' wilderness wanderings in describing the Republicans' recently ended minority status. He said, "Republicans wandered around in the political wilderness for 40 years before they took back Congress." Are we to assume -- fittingly -- that the new DNC "governor" equates Congress to the Promised Land?