Last May, Senator Daschle gave a speech at Kansas State University decrying the "startling meanness" in politics. Shortly after Daschle gave this speech, he failed to take the opportunity to scold his colleague Tim Johnson's "startling meanness" when Johnson likened Republicans to the Taliban at a rally in Sioux Falls. Instead, Daschle laughed and clapped at Johnson's comment.
It appears from the facts as we know them that Daschle has missed yet another opportunity to decry the "startling meanness" in politics, according to today's edition of the Washington Post:
Even certified Hollywood liberals were reeling after Chevy Chase's potty-mouthed Bush-bashing Tuesday night at the Kennedy Center, where the actor hosted an awards ceremony staged by People for the American Way....
After actors Alec Baldwin and Susan Sarandon delivered speeches accepting their Defender of Democracy awards, Chase took the stage a final time and unleashed a rant against President Bush that stunned the crowd. He deployed the four-letter word that got Vice President Cheney in hot water, using it as a noun. Chase called the prez a "dumb [expletive]." He also used it as an adjective, assuring the audience, "I'm no [expletive] clown either. . . . This guy started a jihad."
Chase also said: "This guy in office is an uneducated, real lying schmuck... and we still couldn't beat him with a bore like Kerry."
Sen. Tom Daschle, the former minority leader, looked taken aback when he went on directly after Chase. His opening line: "I've had to follow a lot of speakers, but -- "
But no denunciation of Chevy Chase's "startling meanness." So here's Daschle hanging out with the Hollywood, Bush-bashing elite, participating in an awards ceremony for People for the American Way, and people are still wondering why South Dakotans voted Daschle out of office?