Dean Esmay is asking for it with two recent posts.
Then, as it that isn’t enough to get some discussion flowing, he also asserts that Howard Dean is the Left’s Pat Buchanan.
Update (10:43) The above post is mainly an invitation to go visit Dean and join in on the fun. For the record:
1.) I may or may not agree here, as Dean has intentionally been vague about this, although he’s joined in some in the comments section. The main problem I have is that I don’t know what an anti-Semite is anymore. Even more than the term “racist,” it has been so misused as to be virtually meaningless. Obviously, Hitler was an anti-Semite. Beyond that, what does it mean? Does it simply mean “one who hates Jews”? Or does anyone who disagrees with the Likud party and the most extreme Zionism qualify?
I think the Jews have the same right as any other group to form a nation-state but sometimes oppose the policies of the state of Israel. Likewise, I think Pat Robertson, and certainly the more mainstream Christian conservatives, have the same right as any other group to try to influence the political process, even though I oppose much of their agenda.
2.) I honestly don’t know Howard Dean’s positions well enough to answer this one, as I had frankly never heard of him until he announced he was running for president and thought he was a clown. He’s obviously become a serious candidate but I am still only casually paying attention to him right now. He strikes me as a hyper-leftie on some issues but I have no reason to put him in Buchanan’s camp at this point. I’ve watched Buchanan for 20-odd years and watched him go from a highly intelligent conservative whose views I occasionally differed with to a guy on the lunatic fringe. I’m sure part of this is a reflection of my own ideological movement over that time, but mostly it’s Buchanan has changed. I hesitate to put anyone into that category.