Wednesday, June 11, 2003
The BBC gets it... kinda http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/2979960.stm
Until the debate about Iraq began, Howard Dean was just another long-shot Democrat hoping to unseat President Bush. But his stringent opposition to the military campaign has put him firmly in the spotlight. And though the war is over, his criticism continues: "If we set a standard, other countries will follow it, and I assure you that sometime in the next three or four years, another country somewhere in the world will attack its neighbour using as its justification the Bush pre-emption doctrine," he said. "Pre-emption should only be used in an immediate threat to the United States, and this was not it," he added.
The article goes on to describe some of his accomplishments in Vermont, including extending health care benefits to almost all Vermonters and his strict policy of fiscal responsibility. They briefly touch on the DLC's attempt to pain Dean as an elitist liberal, and they go on to explain why he doesn't fit into that box. The BBC does nail it when they describe why Dean is more than a one-note candidate:
But those criticisms do not seem to matter to the increasing band of supporters, who are attracted by his calls for Democrats to develop backbone, to stand up for their real values, and not merely imitate Republicans. It is an arduous process, and one wonders what keeps candidates like Governor Dean going. "I think that what drives me to keep going is the knowledge that if this country fails then a beacon for the world is lost, and this country is headed for failure under this president."
They rightly ask if the Democratic Party has the courage to nominate Dean. What they don't mention is that it's up to us to get him nominated, and that's the message I'd like to send to everyone today. It's our party and our country and Dean supporters are more involved than ever before. We're going all the way, and we're taking out country back!
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