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Tuesday, September 16, 2003


See Dick. See Dick Attack. Attack, Dick! Attack!

posted by Editor at Tuesday, September 16, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Well, the AP is reporting that former minority leader Dick Gephardt is apparently in the hour of great desperation. And thus begins the negative aspect of politics:
Not content to limit his criticism of Dean to campaign speeches, the Missouri congressman has launched a Web site - - that detail the former Vermont governor's eight-year-old comments about raising the Social Security retirement age and overhauling the Medicare program as well as his recent remarks about the issues.


Dean spokeswoman Tricia Enright called the Web site "the first smear Web site we've seen produced by a major presidential candidate."

Gephardt's cyberspace attack is the latest attack on Dean, who has used the Internet to organize supporters, raise millions and propel himself to the front of the Democratic presidential race.

I don't think this is a very good idea for Gephardt. Yes, he has to do something to distinguish himself and shake up the race, but going negative isn't it. Howard Dean is bringing new people into the process. Many of these people have been disenfranchised by this type of politics. I think it will only work to motivate them to send more money and work harder for Dean.


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