After being trashed on the morning talk shows by the likes of Tom Delay (not surprising–indeed, I wish the GOP would keep Delay off television) and James Carville as out of the mainstream, I’m finally getting around to reading Howard Dean’s WaPo op-ed entitled, “Out of the Mainstream? Hardly.” I’m less than convinced. Indeed, given the events of the past week, Dean seems not so much out of the mainstream as caught in a warp in the space-time continuum:
[T]he Bush agenda represents a radical departure from decades of bipartisan consensus on the appropriate use of U.S. power and our leadership in the world community.
From its derisive treatment of allies to its rejection of important global agreements, this administration has favored a go-it-alone approach and a determination to use force as its weapon of first resort. Its approach has alienated friends and bolstered foes. Its agenda isolates the United States, placing responsibility for all the world’s problems in our hands, and runs counter to America’s traditions as a republic.