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Sunday, August 31, 2003


Tacitus defends Dean

posted by Aziz P. at Sunday, August 31, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Tacitus defends Dean:

A phrase I thought I'd never write, there. But seriously, what's the big deal in shifting some positions during a race? The positions in question, according to Jim VandeHei's WaPo piece, don't even seem to be particularly central ones: The Cuba embargo? The Social Security retirement age? Don't get me wrong, I care about the former (it's a moral litmus test of American foreign policy), and rather less about the latter; but neither are driving questions of the age. God help me for sounding like Atrios, but this does seem like a press-concocted issue.

It's hardly an endorsement, and his assertion that Dean has never been a straight-shooter is probably based on misinformation than anything else, but it's still a nice gesture.

It would be nice to have a debate with a principled conservative about trade issue, the Cuba embargo, and other topics. Tacitus' comment boards are reknowned for their civility, research, and intelligence. I encourage Dean Nationites to head over to Tac and engage him in discussion, but trolls be forewarned: you'll be banned from Dean Nation if you try to screw with him.


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