From Howard Dean's appearance on Meet the Press this morning:
But I think we all should speak about our values. I think one of the mistakes we've made is to not understand that most Americans believe that moral values include making sure that kids don't go to bed hungry at night. The Republicans are cutting the school lunch program. We want to make sure that everybody in America has health insurance. That's a moral value. The Republicans are kicking people off their health care. So there is a--we win when we debate about moral values. We ought to talk about our values. . . . I'm a Democrat because of my moral values. I believe that we can't leave anybody behind. We are the party of America's values."Full transcript.
Later in the program Russert -- finally, thankfully -- cuts off RNC chair Ken Mehlman as he lamely offers the same party propaganda:
MR. RUSSERT: But isn't there a cloud over the Bush presidency because of Iraq? The administration said he was reconstituting his nuclear program. Not true. It said there would be vast stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction. Not true. He said we'd be greeted as liberators. Not true. Isn't Iraq a political problem for this president?Transcript. Maybe Russert recently saw "Good Night and Good Luck".
MR. MEHLMAN: Ultimately, Iraq's not about--should not be about domestic politics. Iraq's about our national security. And on September 11th, we learned that we need to think first and foremost about protecting America. And while wars...
MR. RUSSERT: But there's no linkage between Iraq and September 11th.
MR. MEHLMAN: Well, the lessons...
MR. RUSSERT: Saddam Hussein was not involved in September 11th.