St. Davids, Pa. - Democratic chairman Howard Dean was nearing the end of his visit to a Christian college here when, finally, he provoked a response from his evangelical audience.
It wasn't by offering, though he did, to find common ground with religious conservatives on matters such as abortion, AIDS and welfare. What warmed the crowd at Eastern University was the party chairman's blunt warning to the new Democratic majority in Washington.
"When you present yourself at somebody's door, you can no longer be one of 'those people.' You are a human being. It is a sign of respect to ask people for their vote, even knowing that they may not vote for you."
Even "if you win by focusing on 25 states ... what about the people in those other states?" Dean said. "What is their predisposition to your leadership when you begin to lead? It is one of hostility and antagonism, and it is one of fear - because you haven't bothered to show up."
Sunday, April 08, 2007
"No place all red on Dean's map"