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Friday, November 14, 2003


fake Dean posters at Dartmouth with the Confederate flag

posted by Aziz P. at Friday, November 14, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
It's an even toss as to whether this is from smear artists on the left or the right. Dean has plenty of enemies:

Yesterday morning, Dartmouth students awoke to find posters -- complete with Confederate flag backgrounds -- advertising today's lecture by Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean on bulletin boards across campus. The poster, which purported to be an ad created by the Dean campaign on campus, was a hoax and neither Generation Dean nor the Young Democrats was involved in its creation, according to Young Democrats President Paul Heintz '06.

UPDATE: Hesiod has an idea in retaliation (he assumed it was teh work of right-wing smear artists, not lefty ones. I've no opinion)

... I think it would be a terrific idea for students to follow George W. Bush around everywhere with confederate flags. Especially as he campaigns in Midwestern swing states. Why let him get away with coded messages? Bring the Republican racial message out in the open.
It would be perfectly fair and reasonable to engage in such tactics because these same Bush Fedayeen I referred to earlier, posted confederate flag posters promoting Dean's Dartmouth appearance all over the campus.

UPDATE 2: It looks like they were indeed conservative students, and they actually wore confederate flags to the actual speech itself.

A group of students who attended Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean's appearance at Dartmouth College on Thursday unveiled Confederate flags as he was introduced.

The group of about nine students, whom fellow students and Dean campaign staffers identified as conservative activists, did not otherwise disrupt the former Vermont governor's speech about paying for higher education. And Dean did not acknowledge them or refer to controversy surrounding his recent remark that he wanted to attract voters with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks.

The students sat with the flags draped across their shoulders throughout Dean's appearance.


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