Howard Dean: My, those National Review folks sure are crazies, huh?

posted at 2:01 pm on May 30, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Howard Dean manages to pack more crazy into three minutes than most of the MSNBC lineup can do in an hour … at least on its better days.  On Morning Joe today, the former leader of the Democratic Party explained that Rich Lowry’s criticism of Barack Obama’s declaration that Eric Holder would be tapped to investigate himself and the department he runs is actually evidence that it’s National Review that’s nuts.  Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski seem stunned by Dean’s accusation, but that’s not the only place where Dean runs off the rails:

After hearing part of Rich Lowry’s piece “Being Eric Holder” on the show, Dean blasted the column as a “silly, right-wing nonsense.” He wondered, “Who cares? The National Review is just silly, who’s going to take them seriously?”

As evidence of his criticism, Dean cited a Corner post (which I wrote) with a video of him describing Benghazi as a “laughable joke,” claiming it was deceptive. He said that the post suggested he called the death of four Americans, rather than the issues surrounding it, a joke. The post’s first line: “Former Democratic National committee chairman Howard Dean considers the controversy over Benghazi a ‘joke’ and ‘silly.'”

While we’re going back and checking things, Dean might revisit the details of the attack in Benghazi. This morning, Dean claimed Republicans “have been peddling [the Benghazi controversy] for a year and a half” — when, obviously, the attacks occurred eight months ago, on September 11, 2012. He also suggested that the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups “turns out not to be a scandal.”

Yes, pay attention to Dean’s attempt to dismiss the corruption at the IRS as a non-issue, because Dean wasn’t done making accusations.  Later in the show, Dean dismissed the Daily Caller as “propaganda”:

In an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Thursday, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean had a visceral reaction to host Joe Scarborough’s mention of Daily Caller blogger Matt Lewis and his suggestion that Dean switch to decaf.

Time for Howard Dean to switch to decaf.

— Matt Lewis (@mattklewis) May 30, 2013

“The Daily Caller is a propaganda organization,” Dean, the former governor of Vermont, said. “I’ve read The Daily Caller. I know what’s on there. Look, you got — there’s conservatives and then there’s right-wingers. The right-wingers are all about propaganda. Conservatives have a set of principles that don’t happen to be the same as mine but they are reasonable and you can do business. That’s how I differentiate that.”

I’m sorry, but if you can’t do business with the eminently reasonable Matt Lewis — who regularly appears on Morning Joe, too — then you can’t do business with conservatives at all.  If anything sounds like propaganda, it’s Howard “Yeargh!” Dean’s sudden diagnosis of everyone to the right of MSNBC as nutcases and his ignorant dismissals of wrongdoing on the part of his friends in power.

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Yes, Howard. Ambassador Stevens is laughing in his grave.

John the Libertarian on May 30, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Dean is nuts. Period.

However, that Steve Schmidt creeps me out, every time.

Schadenfreude on May 30, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Hah, hah, hah, not that this is so new…

Schadenfreude on May 30, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Dean is nuts. Period.

However, that Steve Schmidt creeps me out, every time.

Schadenfreude on May 30, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Steve Schmidt makes Woody Harrelson who played him in Game Change seem normal. And Woody really is nutz.

Doughboy on May 30, 2013 at 2:08 PM

The bigger azzhole in the video is still Steve Schmidt.

He put a dig in against Bachmann when the topic was Obama scandals galore and Holder vs. Holder.

Schmidt is and Azzhole Extraordinaire.

Schadenfreude on May 30, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Being on MSNBC is nothing BUT propaganda.

Howard is just to busy propa’ing his ganda to notice.

Jabberwock on May 30, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Dean is the bearded lady/dog-faced boy/three-headed cow of American politics, i.e a gruesome if colorful curiosity worth the 25 cents admission price and not much else.

People with functioning brains don’t (and shouldn’t) take their political cues from Dean anymore than they should any other circus freak show act.

“hey look ma, that three-armed monkey is eating its own poo.”
“Yes, son i see it. Just keep behind the glass and it cant hurt you.”

Sacramento on May 30, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Even my liberal buddies admit that Howard Dean is a jagoff

jake-the-goose on May 30, 2013 at 2:14 PM

John,

Beat me to it.

I also think that the definition of comedy and laughs is having a US ambassador sodomized to death and dragged through a cheering crowd of subhuman filthy animals chanting allah akbar.

That’s just good family entertainment kind of humor. At least in countries that beat their women, blow up their neighbors, screw little boys and their camels.

acyl72 on May 30, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Ed- don’t know how you missed it but in two consecutive segments this morning Dean summed it up himself.

He first asserted that the Editorial section of the paper is only read by about 10% of the public and these people are the most educated issues…

After the next commercial break, where they read the afformentioned opinion pieces from Lowrey, Dean added. “… thats why I never read the editorial section”

Hysterical!

Bensonofben on May 30, 2013 at 2:14 PM

He also suggested that the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups “turns out not to be a scandal.”

He’s right about that. A pol fooling around with a mistress while claiming to be hiking is a scandal. A pol sending pictures of yourself “pitching a tent” to young women is a scandal.

The IRS systematically targeting and suppressing political opposition of the current Regime in the 2 years prior to a big election is an existential threat to our republic.

forest on May 30, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Dean, Carney, Wasserman-Schmutz are the perfect spokespeople for Obama and all the leftists.

Goebbels married the entire cemetery.

Schadenfreude on May 30, 2013 at 2:14 PM

AND WE’RE GOING TO NEW HAMPSHIRE, AND WE’RE GOING TO FLORIDA, AND
WE’RE GOING TO CALIFORNIA, AND WE’RE GOING TO TEXAS, AND WE’RE GOING TO NEVADA, AND WE’RE GOING TO WASHINTON DC.

YYYYYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGG!!!!!

Did this guy get Maple Syrup poisoning in Vermont??

ToddPA on May 30, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Why did they not stop filming when it became clear that Gov Dean was suffering a stroke on camera?

JohnGalt23 on May 30, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Idiot

cmsinaz on May 30, 2013 at 2:16 PM

The IRS systematically targeting and suppressing political opposition of the current Regime in the 2 years prior to a big election is an existential threat to our republic.

forest on May 30, 2013 at 2:14 PM

It is proof that Obama’s 2nd term is ILLEGITIMATE, something most all are still afraid to report on. This is the REAL scandal hardly anyone dares mention.

All the other scandals fall under this umbrella. Wake up America. YOU were snookered by Obama, his thugs, and the R fools, who knew and said nothing. Romney was the biggest fool. May all who kept Obama have their lives ruined, beyond recovery, by him. YOU, from all sides, deserve him in full.

Schadenfreude on May 30, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Was anyone else sad the the first comment in this thread was NOT a “YEARGH!”?

I was.

Gatsu on May 30, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Dean is nothing but a Shiny Object Sideshow, trotted out once in awhile to make Obama et al look ‘normal’ and ‘reasonable’ by comparison. He always obliges, because he’s addicted to the little red light on top of the TV camera, and the lit-up ON AIR sign.

Marcola on May 30, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Look, you got — there’s conservatives and then there’s right-wingers. The right-wingers are all about propaganda. Conservatives have a set of principles that don’t happen to be the same as mine but they are reasonable and you can do business.

So conservative equals RINO? Because reasonable in Democrat means do what we want you to do. Anybody that really does have a different set of principles is automatically labeled a radical right-winger.

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2013 at 2:19 PM

WILL NO ONE SAVE THAT CHICKEN???

It’s good to have all the crazies on one channel so we can avoid it. Sorry you have to watch it, Ed. Not sorry enough to do it myself, mind you.

We’ll visit you in the asylum, we promise.

kim roy on May 30, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Don’t lose track of the travesties upon you.

Schadenfreude on May 30, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Did you see Drudge’s link with MSNBC in a ratings free-fall mostly thanks to Chris Hayes in the 7pm slot? Piers Morgan and Rachel Maddow are in a Twitter feud. There’s not one MSNBC show that has a million viewers out a country of 360 million. Not one.

Marcus on May 30, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Was anyone else sad the the first comment in this thread was NOT a “YEARGH!”?

I was.

Gatsu on May 30, 2013 at 2:18 PM

C/Rs are supposed to multi-task with their God-given brains. It’s not about Dean. It’s about Obama and his thugs.

Obama is illegitimate in his 2nd term.

It’s a huge scandal and no one talks about it, not yet.

Schadenfreude on May 30, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Howard Dean is a sh***y human being. His sh***yness is raised to a rather extraordinairy value by the fact that there, sitting before you, is a medical doctor, an MD, willing to just bare-faced lie at any given moment.

Remarkably shi***y.

M240H on May 30, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Was anyone else sad the the first comment in this thread was NOT a “YEARGH!”?

I was.

Gatsu on May 30, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Ed saved us the trouble by placing it under the picture on the main page. ;)

kim roy on May 30, 2013 at 2:24 PM

“…then he made his horse a senator!”

Akzed on May 30, 2013 at 2:25 PM

ewwwww…that was embarrassing…wish I hadn’t clicked.

BoxHead1 on May 30, 2013 at 2:25 PM

I think Howard Dean is Senator Senile McCain’s brother…from another mother!

KOOLAID2 on May 30, 2013 at 2:26 PM

On the same show that attacked Bachman’s sanity for 15 minutes?

Oooh the irony

Bensonofben on May 30, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Because there’s a conflict in every human heart, between the rational and the irrational, between good and evil. And good does not always triumph. Sometimes the dark side overcomes what Lincoln called the better angels of our nature.

Every man has got a breaking point. You and I have one. Howard Dean has reached his. And very obviously, he has gone insane.

Bishop on May 30, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Did you see Drudge’s link with MSNBC in a ratings free-fall mostly thanks to Chris Hayes in the 7pm slot?

Marcus on May 30, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Yeah, they obviously have to re-think the idea of leading with an MSNBC news babe. The eye candy doesn’t play off well with the more butch anchors.

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2013 at 2:29 PM

So this Schmidt a-hole panders to Dean by cracking on Bachman.

He’s our represtative on Morning Joe.

I don’t like this guy.

MaxMBJ on May 30, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Because there’s a conflict in every human heart, between the rational and the irrational, between good and evil. And good does not always triumph. Sometimes the dark side overcomes what Lincoln called the better angels of our nature.

Every man has got a breaking point. You and I have one. Howard Dean has reached his. And very obviously, he has gone insane.

Bishop on May 30, 2013 at 2:29 PM

HEH.

Quite possibly the most epic meltdown in the history of American
politics.

I saw it Live on TV when it happened at the Iowa caucuses, 2004.
His campaign manager Joe Trippi had this look standing
beside Dean on CNN. Like “get the Fu*ck away from me you Freak”

ToddPA on May 30, 2013 at 2:36 PM

MSNBC: More Guests Than Viewers.

LASue on May 30, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Jonah “get more racist” Goldberg approves this message.

John Derbyshire and Robert Weissberg are this message.

Capitalist Hog on May 30, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Oh yeah, your sausage is lousy Mr. Dean. So there.

NoDonkey on May 30, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Howard Dean was unavailable for comment.

You think the Republican National Committee could get this many people of color in a single room? … Only if they had the hotel staff in here.

Capitalist Hog on May 30, 2013 at 2:45 PM

I’m sorry, but if you can’t do business with the eminently reasonable Matt Lewis — who regularly appears on Morning Joe, too — then you can’t do business with conservatives at all.

Ed, do you mean the “eminently reasonable Matt Lewis” who wrote the piece, Should Conservatives Start Sticking Up for Bradly Manning?, earlier this week? That “eminently reasonable Matt Lewis?”

http://theweek.com/bullpen/column/244723/should-conservatives-start-sticking-up-for-bradley-manning

Matt Lewis is a “head case” and he’s about as conservative as you (e.g. not at all). True conservatives don’t get invited to appear regularly on the Morning Joke.

bw222 on May 30, 2013 at 2:48 PM

The IRS scandal isn’t a scandal?

Dean is in McCain territory.

BuckeyeSam on May 30, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Deans nearly crossed eyes prove he’s insane.

docflash on May 30, 2013 at 2:49 PM

A stupid troll showed up.

Bless his heart, he doesn’t have the brain power to make sense.

cozmo on May 30, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Pigs are cleaner.

Schadenfreude on May 30, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Pothead meet kettle….

If anyone knows crazy, its Dean.

dentarthurdent on May 30, 2013 at 2:52 PM

A stupid troll showed up.
cozmo on May 30, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Is there really any other kind?

dentarthurdent on May 30, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Is there really any other kind?

dentarthurdent on May 30, 2013 at 2:52 PM

No, but I have found that when they are constantly reminded of their stupidity, they get even more “Dean-like”.

cozmo on May 30, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Talking about crazy, what has happened to Joe Biden?

Haven’t heard a word from him since his gun advice….

Barred on May 30, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Perhaps taking time out for more hair plugs?

Barred on May 30, 2013 at 3:06 PM

It’s not just Howeird Dean. It’s the latest meme they’re all peddling. With not a little success, it would seem.

Cleombrotus on May 30, 2013 at 3:11 PM

No, but I have found that when they are constantly reminded of their stupidity, they get even more “Dean-like”.

cozmo on May 30, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Crazy people don’t like to be told they’re crazy.

Also, stupid people don’t like it when others point out that they are in fact stupid, and partisan is a good example of that.

dentarthurdent on May 30, 2013 at 3:12 PM

“Who cares? The National Review is just silly, who’s going to take them seriously?”

Obviously you do Howie.

How’s your meds working out?

GarandFan on May 30, 2013 at 3:14 PM

It’s not just Howeird Dean. It’s the latest meme they’re all peddling. With not a little success, it would seem.

Cleombrotus on May 30, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Ya – look at how Crazy Joe BiteMe acted in the VP debates.

dentarthurdent on May 30, 2013 at 3:14 PM

What a freakin’ blow hard. He should be embarrassed at himself.

Key West Reader on May 30, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Oh yeah, your sausage is lousy Mr. Dean. So there.

NoDonkey on May 30, 2013 at 2:42 PM

– sausage guy is Jimmy Dean; fairly well-known singer in his day.
FWIW, he came from my hometown and was generous enough to start his first meat-plant there (it’s a locale home to beef and chicken as well).

Also Rowlf the Muppet dog played piano on Jimmy’s tv show.

Rowlf was actually the first true Muppet “star” as a recurring character on The Jimmy Dean Show, first appearing in a show telecast on September 19, 1963.

I’ll take history for $200 now.

AesopFan on May 30, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Talking about crazy, what has happened to Joe Biden?

Haven’t heard a word from him since his gun advice….

Barred on May 30, 2013 at 3:05 PM

To quote someone from another thread, maybe he’s gearing up for

Biden 2013 – This is a big F’n deal!

NJ Red on May 30, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Dean is in McCain territory.

BuckeyeSam on May 30, 2013 at 2:49 PM

And they have a lot of company.

AesopFan on May 30, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Talking about crazy, what has happened to Joe Biden?

Haven’t heard a word from him since his gun advice….

Barred on May 30, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Jarrett had Biden dry cleaned and now he’s hanging quietly in a cellar closet.

Bishop on May 30, 2013 at 3:22 PM

“I grew up when the left had all the crazies,” he added. “Today the right has all the crazies.”

No Howard, it just seems that way to you. That’s what happens when you hang around with lunatics. Now, go with the nice men in the white coats and they’ll find you new friends.

RadClown on May 30, 2013 at 3:29 PM

The right-wingers are all about propaganda. Conservatives have a set of principles that don’t happen to be the same as mine but they are reasonable and you can do business. That’s how I differentiate that.

And by applying this filter:
Conservatives:
– Lincoln Chaffee
– Arlen Spectre
– Pete McCloskey

Right-Wingers:
– everybody else without a (D) next to their name

The Schaef on May 30, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Well, hey it could be worse. By Howard Dean getting into politics just think of how many Americans were not subject to this stark raving mad man being their family doctor. Perhaps someone should revoke his ability to prescribe mind altering drugs to himself…

in_awe on May 30, 2013 at 4:06 PM

So this Schmidt a-hole panders to Dean by cracking on Bachman.

He’s our represtative on Morning Joe.

I don’t like this guy.

MaxMBJ on May 30, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Better for him to be there and let his brain suffer atrophy than to work with Reince-and-Repeat Priebus in the GOPe on actually destroying the conservative movement.

Myron Falwell on May 30, 2013 at 4:24 PM

The right-wingers are all about propaganda. Conservatives have a set of principles that don’t happen to be the same as mine but they are reasonable and you can do business. That’s how I differentiate that.

And by applying this filter:
Conservatives:
– Lincoln Chaffee
– Arlen Spectre
– Pete McCloskey

Right-Wingers:
– everybody else without a (D) next to their name

The Schaef on May 30, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Don’t forget McCant, Kristie Kreme, Grahamnesty and Filbert Q. Huntsman.

Myron Falwell on May 30, 2013 at 4:27 PM