Does this qualify as a “gaffe” when defined in classic Washington terms?
Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean sat down with Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC to talk about the New Hampshire primary and seems to have lost control of his better partisan senses for a moment. Mitchell was quizzing him about all the money that Hillary Clinton has taken from special interest groups though her Super PACs and her paid speaking engagements, relating these bits of history to recent attacks coming from Bernie Sanders’ campaign. Dean is one of Clinton’s most vocal (and frequently incomprehensible) supporters and he didn’t take kindly to the suggestion. (From David Rutz at the Washington Free Beacon)
Hillary Clinton supporter Howard Dean called labor unions “super PACs that Democrats like” during an interview Friday where he angrily defended Clinton from he called a “double standard” about big money in politics.
The question of Wall Street’s hold over Clinton, given the high-cost speeches she has given to the financial industry, has been a divisive issue in the campaign, and MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell brought it up during their interview in New Hampshire.
“Was it a mistake politically to show herself to be so closely tied financially to the Wall Street interests?” Mitchell asked.
Rather than defending Clinton against the Sanders broadsides, Dean makes the classic mistake of failing to say Clinton did nothing wrong, but rather saying that Sanders was just as bad. His example, as you’ll see below, confirms everything conservatives have known about labor unions for as long as I can remember.
Let’s go to the video. The specific comments in question come at around the 1:30 mark if you want to skip ahead.
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