Lack of specifics, specifically

James Taranto on the Democrats’ platform:

Here’s party chairman Howard Dean, talking with Tim Russert on “Meet the Press” Sunday:
Russert: What is the Democratic position on Iraq? Should we withdraw troops now? What do the Democrats stand for?

Dean: Tim, first of all, we don’t control the House, the Senate or the White House. We have plenty of time to show Americans what our agenda is and we will long before the ’06 elections.

Russert: But there’s no Democratic plan on Social Security. There’s no Democratic plan on the deficit problem. There’s no specifics. They say, “Well, we want a strong Social Security. We want to reduce the deficit. We want health care for everyone,” but there’s no plan how to pay for it.

Dean: Right now it’s not our job to give out specifics.

Really, who needs specifics? After all, other than in 2002, 2003 and 2004, Democrats have done very well running on a platform of “Bush is a poopyhead.” Why just last week they held onto the governorships of New Jersey and Virginia! You can’t argue with that kind of success.

In all fairness, here’s Dean’s complete answer:

Right now it’s not our job to give out specifics. We have no control in the House. We have no control in the Senate. It’s our job is to stop this administration, this corrupt and incompetent administration, from doing more damage to America. And that’s what we’re going to do. We’re doing our best. Look at the trouble they’re having putting together a budget. Why is that? Because there’s still a few moderate Republicans left who don’t think it’s OK to cut school lunch programs, who don’t think it’s OK to do some of the appalling things that they’re doing in their budget. I saw a show last night which showed a young African-American man in California at the UC of Davis who hoped to go to law school. The Republicans want to cut $14 billion out of higher education so this kid can’t go to law school. We’re going to do better than that, and together, America can do better than that.

Which, um, pretty clearly underscores the point that they don’t have any specifics whatsoever and that Dean is nothing more than the “I am Bush-hate incarnate” that Scrappleface called him in August of 2003. It also seems to exonerate Taranato’s partial quotation.

While I’m not really buying all this “The Democrats are poised for a landslide in 2006” hype you keep hearing, I’m certainly not very optimistic about a lot of things GOP right now. Even if things aren’t as bad as many Conservatives fear, it seems clear that in many areas the Conservative movement is struggling.

A few losses in 2006 might wake some people up. The only saving grace for the GOP right now seems to be the fact that so many Dems are just plain nuts. Really.

That might bode well for the Republican party, but that doesn’t bode well for America.