Emmett Tyrrell

WASHINGTON -- I am wondering. At this point in the Democratic lunge for the presidential nomination, does Dr. Howard Dean have a monopoly on that sector of the Democratic vote that we may classify as the moron vote? Or is the idiotic Sen. John Pierre Kerry chipping away at these serried ranks of oafs?

And, just as an aside, are there still enough Democrats of the type who nominated Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Adlai Stevenson, John Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey to give the nomination to Sen. Joseph Lieberman, heir to the governing wing of the Democratic Party?

The other day on CNN, I heard the mentally disturbed Michael Moore dismiss Lieberman as "a Republican." Moore, naturally, admires Howard Dean, the moderate governor of Vermont who now insists that he is a Yippie, circa 1968. Moore is sufficiently mindless to believe that. Lieberman, on the other hand, has for many years been steady in his commitment to the collectivist domestic policies and vigilant foreign policy that New Dealers, Fair Dealers and New Frontiersmen used to govern America for roughly three decades, setting the country on a course that defeated world communism and accomplished some rather good things domestically. To say that Lieberman is a Republican is either stupid or a deception.

Deception plays very well with the Democrats' moron vote, though it is perhaps more accurate to refer to that vote as the indignant moron vote, for it is very indignant and in fact proud of its anger. Anytime I write something discourteous about Howard Dean, I receive a torrent of emails from the indignant moron vote. Usually, the indignado begins by claiming never to have voted before but now to be attracted by the shirt-sleeved medico's illusory virtues.

Now, I wonder if Sen. John Pierre Kerry has nibbled away at Howard Dean's vote. The Vietnam veteran who supported the war in Iraq, but did not support the war, who boasts of his war record, but does not boast of his war record, is certainly an obvious enough fraud to appeal to the moron vote. Moreover, he is sufficiently angry to give the morons goose pimples.

That he is a splendid phony is abundantly clear. In fact, he may be the phoniest of all the Democrats now running. This week in The Hill, the indefatigable Sam Dealey, a reporter who has the wit to report not only what a politician says today but what the pol said yesterday, demonstrated what a fraud the Francophile senator from Massachusetts really is.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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