Why are the Democrats backing Dean?

Democratic leaders back Dean, don’t want ‘wimp’

“I hope Governor Dean will remember that he didn’t get elected to be a wimp,” said DNC member Gilda Cobb-Hunter, a South Carolina state representative. “We have been waiting a long time for someone to stand up for Democrats.”

You can stand up for each other without abandoning the principles on which your party is supposedly founded. I thought the Democrats were supposed to be tolerant. I thought they were supposed to preach equality. I thought they were against racism and religious discrimination.

How, then, can they stand by someone who stereotypes and polarizes?

You can be strong without being oppressive. You can be opinionated without being a bigot. Howard Dean has balls, yes. But I fail to see how engaging in rhetoric is going to help the Democrats. Especially when that rhetoric goes against everything the Democrats claim they stand for.