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Thursday, July 03, 2003


Washington Post's Cohen

posted by Editor at Thursday, July 03, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Today, Richard Cohen of the Washington Post published a column in which he accused Gov. Dean of changing his position on the death penalty for political benefit. The article quotes extensively from the governor's Meet the Press interview not too long ago.

I disagree with Gov. Dean on the death penalty. But I respect the fact that he stands by his position. Dean did not change his position for the 2004 presidential race. He changed his position in the early 90's. Cohen plays loose with the facts and in the process paints the governor as a fraud - one who portrays himself as a straight talker for political benefit, and then turns around and flip flops.

If the governor was really picking and choosing the positions he takes to appeal to the majority as Cohen asserts he does on the death penalty, would he really have signed civil union legislation? Further, would he continue to advocate for gay rights? Would he have opposed military action in Iraq? Would he attack a popular president? Of course not. We know better than that, and I'm fairly sure Cohen does too.

I would encourage you all to write letters to the editor and send them to the post. is the address to use.

The Washington Post is a very big paper in Washington, as I'm sure you are all familiar. Gov. Dean's credibility being called into question before the crowd down there is not a good thing. Please take a few moments to send The Post a note regarding the article which you can read in whole by following the link above.

UPDATE: The Dean Defence Forces address this topic online here.


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