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Tuesday, May 20, 2003

 

Dean hits back hard against DLC http://www.newsday.com/news/politics/wire/sns-ap-dean-critics,0,7164494.story?coll=sns-ap-politics-headlines

posted by Scott at Tuesday, May 20, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Some of Howard Dean's critics have said that his responses to the now-infamous DLC memo have been ineffective at best. Today's speech to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers should effectively mute any and all criticism on this front.

"A couple of days ago, I was in Iowa," Dean said. The DLC put out a statement that "all my supporters are elitists and I'm catering to elitist special interest groups. Last time I looked, 15 AFSCME members died at the World Trade Center, I didn't see any of the staff of the DLC at the World Trade Center."

"Who do you think makes the Democratic Party, makes this country work, we're not elitists, we are the people this party ought to be standing up for and that's what I intend to do," Dean told the International Association of Machinists and Aeronautic Workers.


Some may register discomfort with Dean's political mention of 9/11, but it was done tastefully and his point is a valid one. It's one thing for the DLC to scoff at candidates pandering to what they consider 'fringe' interests, but it's another thing altogether for the DLC to suggest that the grassroots of the Democratic Party are no longer valid or important.


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