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.