A FINE WHINE

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Cranky, crit­i­cal, tire­some, snippy? No, try whiny. That is Howard Dean’s pre­ferred ad­jec­tive for a cer­tain seg­ment of the Demo­cratic Party.

“There has al­ways been a sec­tion of the left, which I call the whiny party, the party that doesn’t re­ally want to win. They just want to be pure — and if they go down swing­ing purely, then that’s fine,” the for­mer Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee chair­man told MSNBC on Sun­day.

“The prob­lem with that is it leaves be­hind the peo­ple who re­ally need their help,” Mr. Dean con­tin­ued, with some crit­i­cal ap­praisal of those who ex­hibit the whiny fac­tor.

“We all have to pull to­gether. And peo­ple who sit out — or crank on some can­di­date be­cause they did this or that, or weren’t up to the pu­rity test — are ba­si­cally turn­ing their backs on the very peo­ple they pre­tend to rep­re­sent. So I don’t have a lot of pa­tience with this wing of the pro­gres­sive party.”

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