Video: Dean offers Dems advice on changing the subject

posted at 1:30 pm on September 19, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Breitbart and Naked Emperor News highlight a clip from last May, when Howard Dean lectured Austrian students on how best to avoid answering questions on the campaign trail.  It’s mainly interesting as a curio, as Dean clearly wanted Democrats to avoid answering questions about immigration, which had begun to blow up in their faces by the time Dean had this little chat.  Of course, as this clip shows, Dean doesn’t exactly know how to pick a Plan B, either:

Yes, by all means, let’s keep changing the subject to … jobs. Memo to Governor Dean: Democrats have talked about jobs for two years now; the problem for them is that everything they do keeps killing more of them. Maybe Dean made the mistake of trusting Joe Biden and his “Recovery Summer” campaign, but in this midterm campaign, it’s the Republicans who are talking about jobs, and Democrats desperately trying to change the subject, and to no avail.

Oh, and it’s also a little difficult to paint the GOP as the party that only cares about bankers when Democrats are trying hard to get a candidate elected to the Senate in Illinois who gave millions in loans to mob figures and corrupt fixers as a banker and helped crash his family’s bank — and cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in an FDIC rescue. In fact, Barack Obama keeps making appearances in Illinois to get Alexi Giannoulias elected. His family even profited from the collapse. If Dean wants to change the subject to the party that loves the bankers, well, we won’t stop him. Yeargh!


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Well, that was pretty transparent!

Shy Guy on September 19, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Cuning Stunt

400lb Gorilla on September 19, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Beautiful!

mauioriginal on September 19, 2010 at 1:39 PM

How badly is this clip taken out of context, though?

SouthernGent on September 19, 2010 at 1:45 PM

The Dems want to talk about jobs? Really???? Oh goodie!

ladyingray on September 19, 2010 at 1:50 PM

But did he speak to them in Austrian?

rightside on September 19, 2010 at 1:51 PM

Saw this the other day,but I don’t remember where.
Curiously,it is dated only a few months ago,but we have known democraps have been doing it for years.
One of the first things I noticed when I started watching Fox was that Democraps never answer questions.One of the things that turned me into a Conservative.In addition to BJ Clenis,of course.

DDT on September 19, 2010 at 1:57 PM

They should play this clip at the beginning of every debate as an example of political tactics then followed by a stern warning that “pivots” will not be allowed. Make them answer the friggin question.

Guardian on September 19, 2010 at 2:01 PM

He’s such a scream !

Can I get a HHHHEYYYYYYAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

cableguy615 on September 19, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Let me give this a shot I think I get it:

“Tokyo Rove, or SourKrauthammer what do you think the Democrats are thinking by trying to raise taxes and kill jobs in this economy?”

Tokyo Rove, SourKrauthammer;
“well that idiotic bimbo, satan worshiping, Sarah Palin look and talk alike, mental midget there in DE has some ethical, factual, money, sex, and education (No Ivy Legue Pedigree) problems and the fine and honorable cap and trade supporting, gun grabbing, big spending conservative Republican was a better candidate and would have won in a landslide, so Sarah Palin and the Tea Party is gonna lose us the Senate, the House, the Whitehouse, the lawnmower, cat, dog, our retirement and my first born grandson, thanks for asking”!

dhunter on September 19, 2010 at 2:04 PM

This can be turned back on them, on several counts. Jobs? Oh, yeah, them critters; well. . In bed with the banks? Umm… Manipulating the public conversation? – We’ll be the most transparent administration in history…

The Left sure is bankrupt, and America is catching on.

paul1149 on September 19, 2010 at 2:05 PM

As I type Rove and Chris Wallace are discussing Christines “problems”!
Good thing Demorats have no problems!
Almost makes one wonder which side Rove is on.
Maybe Castles, McCains, Grahamnastys, Establishments, Insiders and Status Quo Bigspenders and Lousy Stinkin Liars!

To be fair and Partisan Tokyo Rove did stand up for Miller and slam Murlousy!

dhunter on September 19, 2010 at 2:08 PM

Democrats have talked about jobs for two years now; the problem for them is that everything they do keeps killing more of them.

Got to disagree with you on this Ed. Any talk that the Democrats have done on jobs has been at best, secondary, to what was really on the docket.

First it was the stimulus, and that was never really about jobs, but rather spending a whole lot of money on things that they felt the Bush administration neglected. Jobs were a consequence, perhaps, but the main focus was on a change of focus in spending, and more of it.

Then it came to Cap and Trade, and again that was about reordering our economy and the environment than it was about jobs. It was all about Global Warming. They talked about green jobs, yes, but it was by no means a jobs bill.

Then it was Health Care, and again, it wasn’t about jobs, but rather addicting the American people to government.

In fact one of the reasons I think America is so angry is that the focus of the Democrats have been on anything but jobs. If the Democrats were at least trying to create jobs, but still failing, I think the public would be less sour towards them, but their priority has been expressly towards things other than jobs, and that’s why there is such a disconnect.

schmitty on September 19, 2010 at 2:11 PM

I know this might sound like someone that actually wanted to defeat the DOTUS here but I’ll take a chance.

I think we (Palin, etc.) should make an issue (though the White House would just poo-poo the idea) that the DOTUS left out the words “BY OUR CREATOR” out of his quoting of the Declaration of Independence (this past week at the Hispanic caucus).

THIS IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE……and an opportunity to show that whatever he is (ATHEIST, MARXIST, whatever) that he OBVIOUSLY DOES NOT SHARE TRADITIONAL AMERICAN VALUES.

‘BY OUR CREATOR’………….But if not….then rights given by……THE GOVERNMENT (and if the Gov’t gives them to us…..then…..)

PappyD61 on September 19, 2010 at 2:17 PM

dhunter on September 19, 2010 at 2:08 PM

Rove also told Wallace that O’Donnell was better off not going on national shows and sticking to the people in Deleware. Just a little credit but he is still making the case she is a loser.

fourdeucer on September 19, 2010 at 2:18 PM

If Dean wants to change the subject to the party that loves the bankers, well, we won’t stop him.

It is not suprizing that they lie so much. It is not like they have any other option.

percysunshine on September 19, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Here’s the link………….”by our creator

http://www.breitbart.tv/obama-leaves-creator-out-of-declaration-preamble/

PappyD61 on September 19, 2010 at 2:19 PM

The Dems call it pivoting. Here, we call it being a troll.

One advantage of the pivot is that most involved will want to stay on subject. This allows the Dem to use the pivot, make his point and let others attempt to stay on subject. Now the Dem has made the point with little or no rebuttal. The last thing they want is to stay on that subject and have to defend their arguments and positions. Confronting the tactic or trying to fight the pivot usually leaves the impression everyone else wants to avoid it.

To combat this, instead of fighting it, take up that subject and hit it hard. They won’t be ready for that and to avoid the heat, they’ll revert to their avoidance mechanism and knee-jerk like, they’ll go for the pivot again.

Make ‘em look like idiots. Embrace their pivot.

Dusty on September 19, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Rove also told Wallace that O’Donnell was better off not going on national shows and sticking to the people in Deleware. Just a little credit but he is still making the case she is a loser.

fourdeucer on September 19, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Saw that and he is right! The talkin heads are bashing her for cancelling, but the election will be decided by DE voters NOT national ones and she needs to concentrate locally, aim small hit small.

Her appearance on the Sunday gab fests would only elevate the talking heads and give them the opportunity to take a line or two out of context in an attempt to destroy her as Bill Maher did.
Sarah could very well have given her this advice having learned from six hours of a Catty Couric interview being edited down to one or two unflattering out of context soundbites!

dhunter on September 19, 2010 at 2:44 PM

What a hateful, contemptible, little pr!ck.

Lockstein13 on September 19, 2010 at 2:48 PM

Dean clearly wanted Democrats to avoid answering questions about immigration

Why would Dims want to avoid that topic? Especially when it’s so easy to relate it back to jobs. The Dims can talk about how their continuing refusal to secure our southern border and enforce our immigration laws has led to millions of unskilled, undereducated illegal aliens taking up residence illegally in the U.S. — which has led to billions of dollars in extra taxes being assessed against U.S. taxpayers every year to pay for the many costs associated with the illegals’ presence here, which in turn has led to fewer dollars available in the private sector to create jobs for Americans.

Oh . . . maybe that’s why they want to avoid the topic.

AZCoyote on September 19, 2010 at 2:54 PM

AND HE IS GOING TO TAKE BACK THE WHITE HOUSE.

GW_SS-Delta on September 19, 2010 at 2:56 PM

I agree; let’s talk about jobs!

sophiesmom on September 19, 2010 at 2:57 PM

Lockstien: There is something wrong with him. In his head.

SurferDoc on September 19, 2010 at 2:58 PM

What a hateful, contemptible, little pr!ck.

Lockstein13 on September 19, 2010 at 2:48 PM

Was going to toss in my 2 cents, but, what the hell, you said it for me. Thanks.

Gang-of-One on September 19, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Damn I would love to hear Dean try and explain this away…

WhoU4 on September 19, 2010 at 3:02 PM

What’s possibly of equal interest about this clip by Howard Dean from May of 2010 in Austria is that he became very incensed and hateful about Republicans. He has always been emotionally challenged when it comes to keeping his anger, his arrogance, and his elitism in check but here he takes the opportunity to disparage the opposite party while in a foreign country.
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This punk has been a candidate for president, a chairman of his national party committee, and a spokesman for Democrat positions all over the pundit-sphere and at every opportunity has exhibited no restraint in bashing Republicans and conservatives. He is a hate-filled, extremist, hyper-partisan screaming loose cannon who exemplifies all the worst traits that Democrats and liberals try to pin on conservatives and TEA Party members.
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He’s the Sean Penn of the political class and yet the media is in such fear of him that they continue to coddle his insurgent behavior and overt anger to promote his over-the-top attitudes and vitriol as “main stream.”
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Howard Dean is the epitome of the shrieking liberal political activists that want to rule and control everybody else. The Democrat Party should get a clue that Dean is a bad Democrat and bad for their party, bad for America and bad for foreign relations, in this case. They won’t get that clue because they are authoritarian ignoramuses, so out of touch with citizens that they would rather pass authoritarian health care regulations than solve economic problems. Democrats ought to be ashamed of Howard Dean.

ExpressoBold on September 19, 2010 at 3:10 PM

He’s right.

I’m sorry, but the Republicans need to take a lesson from Howard Dean. Don’t let the Democrats set the agenda. Unlike him, answer the question, just don’t be ashamed to answer it truthfully. Don’t be ashamed of your positions.

xax on September 19, 2010 at 3:21 PM

If you followed the Boxer-Fiorina debate, you will have noticed that Fiorina was hit with many social-con issues and pressed by the moderator to stick to the subject while Boxer was given soft-lob questions and an opportunity to shift to her own talking points.

Most of the debates and talking-head shows focus on social con issues when conservatives are being interviewed even if their planks are on limited spending, smaller federal government, tax cuts, etc., not on social issues. For example, the media are fixated on painting Palin with the social con brush even though she speaks out repeatedly on national energy production, less intrusive government regulation, and fiscal sanity.

I say that Republican conservatives should employ the Dean strategy. Give a brief acknowledgement to the introduced topic but shift the primary response to what is really on the voters’ minds: a climate of job creation through less onerous taxation and regulation, a freeing up of our natural resources, a strong national security that includes secure borders, etc. In other words, shift the discussion to the candidate’s issues and strongest arguments.

onlineanalyst on September 19, 2010 at 3:21 PM

400lb Gorilla on September 19, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Whoa.

xax on September 19, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Oh, the further point that I wanted to make about the Boxer-Fiorina debate is that Fiorina is primarily campaigning on economic issues, not social ones.

onlineanalyst on September 19, 2010 at 3:24 PM

And here is how Bill Clinton twists the message to suit his own (and his party’s purposes) and attacks the Republicans through misrepresentation— from this morning’s talking heads’ festivals: “ObaMao is getting his groove back”:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/09/19/clinton-obama-getting-groove/

These people truly live in an alternative universe.

onlineanalyst on September 19, 2010 at 4:27 PM

I must be hallucinating. Did he say “Were gonna balance the budget”? Guffaw!

ronsfi on September 19, 2010 at 4:45 PM

and we say they don’t listen……..

thebrokenrattle on September 19, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Her appearance on the Sunday gab fests would only elevate the talking heads and give them the opportunity to take a line or two out of context in an attempt to destroy her as Bill Maher did.
Sarah could very well have given her this advice having learned from six hours of a Catty Couric interview being edited down to one or two unflattering out of context soundbites!

dhunter on September 19, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Speaking of Maher. How low can you get? He has a show where he invites people on to talk freely and mocks the very idea of “politically correct” and then a few years later he uses these honest “politically incorrect” discussions against them!

This is sophistry and our entire political class takes part.

Forgive me but The Book of Mormon says that the wicked in the last days will say…: …yea, lie a little, take advantage of one because of his words, dig a pit for thy neighbor, there is no harm in this… 2 Ne28:8) I know of know better description than this, so I used it.

I’m sorry but I was at church earlier and the Church Website is too busy… so I came here.

petunia on September 19, 2010 at 6:48 PM

“Last May” is May of the previous numerical year. Currently this indicates May of 2009.

“This May” is the May that has already / is now / or will in the future occur in this numerical year. Currently this indicates May of 2010.

“Next May” is the May that will occur in the subsequent numerical year. Currently this indicates May of 2011.

Is that clear to everyone, Yankee-type management included?

Great. Thanks for your attention.

Now get off my lawn.

Troll Feeder on September 20, 2010 at 12:49 AM

And not only are they determine to refuse to answer questions that we should not be asking, and answer the ones we should have been asking, they are going to call their in ability to lead as the rights inabilty to lead for … however many years they have been in power.

Nothing says politics better that a hot pile of democrat.

Franklyn on September 20, 2010 at 1:28 AM

pure Saul Alinsky tactics from Rules for Radicals, very chilling in fact

mathewsjw on September 20, 2010 at 2:23 AM

There’s another point to be taken from the above clip. Howard Douche is sitting in front of a foreign audience—students, as a figure of importance/influence in one of our 2 major political parties. He’s exporting his putrid politics as a rabid partisan and can’t help but take (unanswerable) cheap shots against Republicans. Over 8 years of being an expat (and as a part of Republicans Abroad), I’ve been invited to meetings hosted by economics schools (George Soros school of economics here in Latvia), journalism schools or US Embassy related organizations—don’t get me started on those liberal State Department pukes (i.e. Panama, Mumbai) masquerading as non-partisans polluting our embassies. It’s always a liberal speaker. How do I know they are liberals? Because even if the person isn’t familiar, give them 10 minutes and when the topic turns to politics, the mask slips. It’s insulting and infuriating as an American and you wonder why “they hate us” i.e. foreigners. Democrats have the inability to hold a political discussion at a mature level. Case in point, the frothing and foaming rabid hate coming out of Dean at the end of the clip. I would love to ask the students what they thought about this maniac in front of them.

Renwaa on September 20, 2010 at 2:35 AM

Democrats have talked about jobs for two years now

Democrats are GREAT at talking.

They could talk the ears off of a Brass Monkey.

Campaigning too. Best ever.

The small problem is that they SUCK at governing.

The absolutely worthless, corrupt and incompetent Democrat Party.

NoDonkey on September 20, 2010 at 2:42 AM

Megan Kelly on Fox News would grill him till he was done. (Can’t remember first name spelling–sorry)

Herb on September 20, 2010 at 9:58 AM