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Now Howard Dean Needs to Apologize

Tom Elia says Howard Dean needs to be called on this dishonest statement he made when he was defending John Kerry's "blooper":

"I think there's a lot of similarities between Nixon and Agnew and Bush and Cheney," Dean said. "They're both using the IRS for political purposes. They're both spying on people they don't like and not just terrorists, but also American citizens. Neither one of them particularly believes in judicial rights. They've both been dishonest with the American people."
Using the IRS for political purposes? Has Dean ever taken a look at the list of people audited during the Clinton years? It read like a "Who's Who" of the vast right wing conspiracy. Spying on people they don't like? Some proof, please, Mister Chairman of the DNC Dean.

I know it is distracting and strange to have so much of the activity in these final days of the campaigns swirling around those not actually running for office, but these statements, particularly accusations like this one, need to be addressed. When the former presidential candidate for the Democrats and the head of the DNC make comments like they have this week, it tells voters something about the party as a whole. This is not just a single congressman that represents one district. These are people chosen by Democrats to present their message to the world, and that appears to be exactly what they are doing.

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Comments (24)

Anytime a liberal blames a ... (Below threshold)
steak111111:

Anytime a liberal blames a Conservative for anything - rest assured that the liberal is doing precisely that.

Why in the world would he ... (Below threshold)
Hugh:

Why in the world would he have to apologize for telling the truth?
If anyone owes the country an apology it's Bush and his war cabal.

Hugh

Nixon....Bush yeah Dean's r... (Below threshold)
muirgeo:

Nixon....Bush yeah Dean's right they are alike...both very impeachable.

Bush better hope Roves got something up his sleeve cus time to talk is coming some....a cannonade of subpoenas awaits you President Bush.

The only consolation for De... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

The only consolation for Democrats, is that they must be winning, for Dean and Kerry to be losing their heads so easily, just as they reach the finishing line.

I can't decide who is dense... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

I can't decide who is denser, muriego or hugh. hugh might be the densest.

And the countdown to the Re... (Below threshold)
Lee:

And the countdown to the Republican smackdown continues.

6 days to go.

YEEEEARRRGH!Nincom... (Below threshold)
Dave A.:

YEEEEARRRGH!

Nincompoop.

Anytime a liberal blame... (Below threshold)
Bob:

Anytime a liberal blames a Conservative for anything - rest assured that the liberal is doing precisely that.

Posted by: steak111111 at November 2, 2006 10:47 AM

Oops! Looks like this Kerry... (Below threshold)
Ed:

Oops! Looks like this Kerry bashing diversion is backfiring. The polls are getting worse for the GOP:

http://realclearpolitics.com/polls/

ed, try actually reading wh... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

ed, try actually reading what you post. None of those polls were taken after the kerry incident.

I am a proud conservative r... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

I am a proud conservative republican. I was not going to vote this year because of the blind eye the president had towards illegal aliens. Because of the very dirty tactics the democrats used this election cycle, my wife and I voted last week. Before Kerry again disrespected the troops. The undecideds are leaning towards the republicans, but the conservative base was not energized, now they are. I thought we would lose the house, but now I think that will not happen. I can't wait to be on this site next Wednesday.

More coverage of Howard Dea... (Below threshold)

More coverage of Howard Dean = more Republican votes.
Howard, Barney, John, Teddy, Nancy, Charlie, Al, Barbara, et al: please keep loudly voicing your views so the American voter can remember just how moronic you and your treasonist party are.

y'know ... it just dawned o... (Below threshold)
yo:

y'know ... it just dawned on me:

Democrats, who assume the moral high ground, never actually demonstrate such a position.

Dean, like Kerry, should have stopped at the issue of Kerry's comment. Slipping in anything more is just ridiculous and childish.

And talking points regurgitators like muirgeo ..., I mean, c'mon. Grow up, dude. Either grow up and add something productive, or go join your lil' friends on the playground.

Too bad a lot of other democrats have seen fit to challenge the moral qualities of dodge-ball and tag, so you can't play those games, but feel free to hit the swingset; that is, of course, if you are feeling repressed by it.

Anytime Screamin Howie open... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Anytime Screamin Howie opens his mouth you can bet the house there is a lie coming out. He only has a job because the real anti-american democrats thought he could do less damage there than anywhere else.

Balanced budget= borrowing money to campaign?????????Stupid is as stupid does.

This is the election where ... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

This is the election where both parties will realize the realy power in elections....us Indys...
We know that Republicans decided how often Congress would gather for business..we know they met less than any other Congress in history.
Are the Dems hypocrites yep but it is stuff like this here in Colorado that is effecting our vote this year...Rev. Haggerd is a big force..and well this broke today(yes I know the timing is not an accident but if true..yet to be proven but what is these days)is big time here..from Channel 9 News in Denver

Mike Jones told 9 Wants to Know Investigative Reporter Paula Woodward he has had a "sexual business" relationship with Pastor Ted Haggard for the past three years.
Haggard is the founder and senior leader of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs. The church has 14,000 members.
He is also president of the National Association of Evangelicals, an organization that represents millions of people.
Haggard is married with five children and an outspoken critic of gay marriage...

If..and I said if..true it is not about him being gay or even cheating on his wife and kids..although that might be a factor among family values folks...It is his attacks on homosexuals and "their agenda" here in Colorado may have been exposed as B.S.(by the way channel 9 is the most conservitive of our local Denver stations)
As registered Indys in Colorado outnumber either registered Dems or Repubs...watch what happens here on the 7th...


You liberals and your wiley... (Below threshold)
potatoes111111:

You liberals and your wiley liberal ways make me want to puke. Bush is my prophet!!!! If his words are lies, they're better lies than you liberals can muster. Go back to your prep schools and read your Chaucer, you liberal bastards. I will vote in every republican candidate in my district just to spite you. That's the America I want.

Now you're starting to get ... (Below threshold)
steak111111:

Now you're starting to get it Lee et.al.

However, Bush is no prophet. He is simply saving your life....

....but congratulations on your wise decision to vote straight Republican - allbeit for the wrong reason....

Dean, Kerry and Co. are not... (Below threshold)
A. Null:

Dean, Kerry and Co. are not good Americans. In fact, to use their names in the same sentence as the word "Americans" is truly un-American!!! Kerry's mind was formed by insidious events as a child and his current behavior shows that! Dean's a raving, screaming, fevered lunatic leading the remains of a dying Democratic party down the road to deeper sins and thus within the embrace of Lucifer himself, frozen and weeping in the deepest circle of Hell! Judas, Brutus and Dean will dwell for eternity in the maw of the Fallen Angel.

Dean should apologize for b... (Below threshold)
Robert:

Dean should apologize for being 100% correct (and prescient) about the Iraq War in his Febrary 2003 speech.
Has anyone nailed it as well as Dean did on that one?

Certainly not Bush, Cheney, Wolfowitz, Perle, Rumsfeld, Kristol, the MSM, Adam Steyn, Wizbang, etc.
They were wrong about how long it would take, how much it cost, whether there was a WMD program, how we would be greeted, etc.

These clowns still show up on the Sunday morning talk show circuit and act like we can't get enough from those who haven't been right about Iraq at all.

To recap: The guy who got ir right, he's not considered serious. The ones who got it ALL wrong, they give advice to the nation instead of rightfully being laughed at and sent away in shame.

Here's <a href="http://www.... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Here's Dean's speech from 2/03.

And here's another prescient bit on Iraq, from James Webb, in September 2002:

America's best military leaders know that they are accountable to history not only for how they fight wars, but also for how they prevent them. The greatest military victory of our time -- bringing an expansionist Soviet Union in from the cold while averting a nuclear holocaust -- was accomplished not by an invasion but through decades of intense maneuvering and continuous operations. With respect to the situation in Iraq, they are conscious of two realities that seem to have been lost in the narrow debate about Saddam Hussein himself.

The first reality is that wars often have unintended consequences -- ask the Germans, who in World War I were convinced that they would defeat the French in exactly 42 days. The second is that a long-term occupation of Iraq would beyond doubt require an adjustment of force levels elsewhere, and could eventually diminish American influence in other parts of the world.

Other than the flippant criticisms of our "failure" to take Baghdad during the Persian Gulf War, one sees little discussion of an occupation of Iraq, but it is the key element of the current debate. The issue before us is not simply whether the United States should end the regime of Saddam Hussein, but whether we as a nation are prepared to physically occupy territory in the Middle East for the next 30 to 50 years. Those who are pushing for a unilateral war in Iraq know full well that there is no exit strategy if we invade and stay

. . . .

The Iraqis are a multiethnic people filled with competing factions who in many cases would view a U.S. occupation as infidels invading the cradle of Islam. Indeed, this very bitterness provided Osama bin Laden the grist for his recruitment efforts in Saudi Arabia when the United States kept bases on Saudi soil after the Gulf War.

Nations such as China can only view the prospect of an American military consumed for the next generation by the turmoil of the Middle East as a glorious windfall. Indeed, if one gives the Chinese credit for having a long-term strategy -- and those who love to quote Sun Tzu might consider his nationality -- it lends credence to their insistent cultivation of the Muslim world. . . An "American war" with the Muslims, occupying the very seat of their civilization, would allow the Chinese to isolate the United States diplomatically as they furthered their own ambitions in South and Southeast Asia.

These concerns, and others like them, are the reasons that many with long experience in U.S. national security issues remain unconvinced by the arguments for a unilateral invasion of Iraq. Unilateral wars designed to bring about regime change and a long-term occupation should be undertaken only when a nation's existence is clearly at stake.

It is true that Saddam Hussein might try to assist international terrorist organizations in their desire to attack America. It is also true that if we invade and occupy Iraq without broad-based international support, others in the Muslim world might be encouraged to intensify the same sort of efforts. And it is crucial that our national leaders consider the impact of this proposed action on our long-term ability to deter aggression elsewhere.

And Webb, unlike Dean, is actually running for office, and is clearly much more intelligent than his opponent, who apparently can't decide what he thinks about Iraq. Or is that just political wind blowing his position around?

I will vote in every republ... (Below threshold)
muirgeo:

I will vote in every republican candidate in my district just to spite you. That's the America I want.

Posted by: potatoes111111


Yes and peo[ple like you were supporting the King in the last revolution....LOSER!!!!

muirgeo, YHBT... (Below threshold)
mantis:

muirgeo,

YHBT

Am I the only one laughing ... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Am I the only one laughing at the kos kiddies kastoffs?

Well, I have no idea how th... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

Well, I have no idea how the Republicans are going to do come Nov. 7th, but I can't understand why every time one of these elections comes around, people like Kerry and Dean all of a sudden break their party allegience and try to help them win. How can the Democrats tolerate this schizoid behavior???




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