(Emptywheel and I are at the Rules Committee meeting in DC and will be checking in throughout the day — jh)
Howard Dean has kicked off this meeting with a great speech. He emphasized the superb turnout Democrats have had this year. And he emphasized how strong we are to be able come together and disagree.
He condemned the sexist and racist statements made over the course of the primary. When he said, "on the part of the media" there were some grumblings.
He then told a story about when he was running for President. He was really really angry at what the Democratic Party had done. And he was ranting. (I imagine it went something like Argghhhhhh!!) And then Al Gore called. It took him about 20 minutes, but finally, Gore said, "Howard, this is not about you, this is about your country."
The speech made me proud to own a orange cap from Iowa.
Oh, and then he said, "we have to honor the voters who turned out, and also those voters who didn’t turn out in MI."
I got a lot of stares, up here in the media seats, for clapping loudly.
It was a good speech. We did good when we elected that man.