Dem leaders waking up? Maybe not.

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The Prowler at The American Spectator reports that some senior Democrats

have grown increasingly alarmed about the growing anti—Semitic and racist tone of their party's base, say House and Senate Democrat leadership staff.

The incidents cited are recent, but as Ed Lasky has reported here, the trend has been growing for some time, and is no fluke. And the Prowler reports that some on the left wing of the party, where all the initiative seems to be (ask Joe Lieberman), still aren't concerned.

according to Capitol Hill sources, both Reid and Pelosi have pressed Democrat National Committee chairman Howard Dean to renounce the racist and anti—Semitic language and campaign tactics employed by those most closely associated with Dean's wing of the party, but Dean has refused to do so.

"He doesn't think it's a problem," says a DNC source. "This is something dreamed up by desperate Republicans. If Dean were to speak out, it would undercut the morale of a party that is on the verge of a historic victory. He's not going to take that away."

In fact, the DNC may actually be encouraging it.

Thomas Lifson  9 25 06

The Prowler at The American Spectator reports that some senior Democrats

have grown increasingly alarmed about the growing anti—Semitic and racist tone of their party's base, say House and Senate Democrat leadership staff.

The incidents cited are recent, but as Ed Lasky has reported here, the trend has been growing for some time, and is no fluke. And the Prowler reports that some on the left wing of the party, where all the initiative seems to be (ask Joe Lieberman), still aren't concerned.

according to Capitol Hill sources, both Reid and Pelosi have pressed Democrat National Committee chairman Howard Dean to renounce the racist and anti—Semitic language and campaign tactics employed by those most closely associated with Dean's wing of the party, but Dean has refused to do so.

"He doesn't think it's a problem," says a DNC source. "This is something dreamed up by desperate Republicans. If Dean were to speak out, it would undercut the morale of a party that is on the verge of a historic victory. He's not going to take that away."

In fact, the DNC may actually be encouraging it.

Thomas Lifson  9 25 06