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Tuesday, March 11, 2003


Burlington Free Press says Dean "fills a void"

posted by annatopia at Tuesday, March 11, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Sounds like the hometown press is finally jumping on the Dean bandwagon. This is an op-ed peice which focuses on Dean's rise as a top-tier candidate based on his opposition to Bush's handling of Iraq.

It was a remarkable -- if not dumbfounding -- illustration of today's topsy-turvy politics. A heretofore obscure ex-governor who had recently spent most of his time wrestling with school finance and a budget shortfall and still might not know Basra from Bahrain was aggressively challenging the secretary of state and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on foreign and military matters. "Saddam in my view has been successfully contained for 12 years, at a relatively low cost," Dean said, adding that he thought North Korea was a greater threat to U.S. security than Iraq.

The article doesn't forget to mention that Dean has lots of experience with issues that matter to everyday Americans, such as health care, balancing budget, and the environment. But clearly the emphasis is on how Dean has managed to strike a chord with the majority of Americans who are insecure about Bush's handling (or lack thereof) of foreign affairs:

Dean filled a void among Democrats for an articulate opponent to the president's Iraq policies. He has given voice to many people who fear that the president is leading the country to disaster. In expressing doubts about the war, Vermont's former governor has also helped promote a vigorous discussion on Iraq -- a debate that is essential before America commits itself to combat and one that casts credit on Dean's presidential aspirations.


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