December 16, 2003
I've come to realize that Howard Dean is secretly a European, likely French, who would like nothing better than to sip champaigne and eat caviar at somebody's palace each month. This article by David Brooks in the NY Times, shows I'm not alone. I was actually surprised how hard Brooks was on Dean, but I don't disagree with it. In Dean's fairytale dream, everyone would just love each other and there would be no violence. Why? Because they, the leaders of the world, would talk and agree not to do anything (forget about the fact that they can't even agree on a constitution) -- at least anything that might make another leader upset, even though that leader has been gassing hundreds of thousands of his citizens, and lying constantly for a decade.They'd be multilateral all right, multilateral wimps. Dean would like nothing better. In his naive mind, if we never bothered muslim extremists, they wouldn't bother us. He explicitly stated that America is not safer by getting rid of Saddam. How far would he go, were he president, to making terrorists happy? Does he remember Sept. 11, 2001? Would he rather that America become an Islamist dictatorship, so as not to offend or provoke extremists? That's obviously extreme, but to me it shows that Dean isn't thinking. He's a dangerous wimp in dreamland.
Posted by charr at 9:33 AM
I think Dean has shot himself in the foot with his views on Saddam. He may win the Democrat's nomination for president, but there's no way he can win middle America with that view. He could, of course, change his mind after he gets the nomination...Oh, in the latest MSNBC poll, Bush is up. Dean lost a few points.
Dean will be crushed. After the capture of Saddam, and the rise of the DOW, Bush is kicking some #$%. I think that in the state that our country is right now, the people are afraid and do not want to sit back and do nothing while terrorists are planning to attack the U.S. Bad timing for Dean.
Here is another NYT article about Bush's approval ratings resulting from Saddam's capture. Doesn't look good for Dean at all.
Good for Bush. Unfortunately, this also shows how fickle the American public is, but that's not a surprise.
Dean sounds like me - in high school - thank God I got a clue and figured out that not everyone wants to get along and diplomacy doesn't always work.
Heather, that is hilarious.
Heather, that was a tasty page. I actually read a somewhat lengthy article in Time last night about how Dean has made it clear what he doesn't believe in (whatever Bush is doing), and that he has changed his mind on lots of things (as you also brought up); but also that he doesn't have anything that he's for. He doesn't really have a platform -- just anti-Bush.
Even the Democrats themselves are nervous.
They have every right to be nervous. Thier best candidate has been caught flipping issues.But let's trash Dean some more. Here is an article that has caught him in another flip flop.
Agree. Glad you said that.