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Monday, November 10, 2003

 

Political bully Howard Dean got his comeuppance http://www.chronwatch.com/content/contentDisplay.asp?aid=4982

posted by Aziz P. at Monday, November 10, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
This is a hysterical hack job in ChronWatch that tries so hard to dredge attacks against Dean, it falls rapidly into incoherence. Check out some of these hyperbolic and nonsensical assertions from the article:


Dean had a wicked jab and now, a china chin.
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Down South, few fly the Confederate flag anymore. Politically correct jackboots have ground that cultural symbol into the dust.
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It is doubtful that there are many Confederate flags flying these days.
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Southerners will be the first to acknowledge that slavery was a great wrong. Although, historically, it was the main cause of the Civil War, it is not a memory upon which Southerners dwell.
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It has become nearly a federal crime to say anything negative about a black person.
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Dean actually labors under the illusion that poor southern whites vote against their own economic interest.
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What bothers him is yjsy poor whites see through his flimflam.
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None of this will bring Dean any closer to those ''pick-up truck votes.'' Conversely, it will lose him no support. These folks weren’t voting for him under any circumstances.
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John Averyt is a freelance writer who resides in New York City.


Someone notify this NYC-based conservative armchair warrior that Southern high schools still teach children about the War of Northern Aggression. And suggest that he actually visit the South before donning his rose-colored glasses to look around. Yes, he actually used the word "yjsy" - must be Southern-wannabe slang. I was surprised to see the author actually acknowledge that Dean's main point is that white Southerners vote against their eonomic self-interest, however. Of course, he denies it without any reference to the actual data, but this is a point that Dean's Democratic accusers completely ignored.

For maximum fun, note that this guyt's piece has a comment thread attached at the bottom. So saunter on over and say hi :)

Note that there are some conservatives who recognize that Dean is well-poised to achieve victory. NewsMax has an article titled "Howard Dean, Serious Threat" :

The growing support for Dean is no surprise to NewsMax readers. Earlier this year, when Dean was nothing but a blip on the radar screen, we reported that Dean was the clear favorite of the press to become president.

With positive media spin and, as Dick Morris says, the most successful Internet campaign effort ever, Dean has broken through to emerge as the clear front-runner among the eight dwarves and the general.

Washington Republicans, including President Bush’s adviser Karl Rove, are said to be pleased by Dean’s success. They believe that Dean offers shades of Michael Dukakis and George McGovern. But Dean is neither. For one thing, the diminutive candidate makes a powerful impression on TV. Unlike Dukakis, who was cold and uninspiring, Dean is personable and persuasive. He impresses even me.

And unlike McGovern, Dean is no dove. As Dean likes to say, he supported the first Gulf War and President Bush’s military effort in Afghanistan, but he has strongly opposed the recent Iraq war. Since that war has not gone so well, Dean benefits. He looks better than many Democrats, for example John Kerry, who voted for the war but has since become critical.

Dean looks like a leader. He is also an outsider. As the Schwarzenegger win proves, Americans want outsiders in Washington. Dean is also not a liberal Democrat in the traditional sense.


Part of this reads like a DDF post! NwsMax even has a whole section devoted to Dean. There are some conservatives who see the writing on the wall, some who are in outright denial... and some who have joined with us.


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