Tuesday, December 16, 2003
McGovernize This http://blog.deanforamerica.com/archives/002698.html
The attempt by Republicans to "McGovernize" Howard Dean is going to fail.
It's going to fail because it flies in the face of the facts. Unless you really can "fool all the people all the time," as Lincoln said, that ol' dog just won't hunt. (OK, that last bit was a Clinton metaphor, but the 1860 and 1992 electoral maps were so similar I couldn't resist.)
More to the point is the group of foreign policy advisors Dean has gathered to him, as described in today's "Dean Daily Dose" by Garrett Graff. (Sign up for yours here:)
Try to McGovernize some of these folks:
- General Joseph Hoar (USMC, Ret.) served as Commander-in-Chief of U.S. Central Command.
- Clyde Prestowitz, who was Counsel to the Secretary of Commerce during the Reagan Administration.
- Admiral Stansfield Turner (USN, Ret.) former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
- General Merrill McPeak (USAF, Ret.), U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff during the first Persian Gulf War.
- Benjamin R. Barber, author of "Jihad Vs. McWorld" and other instant classics in diplomacy.
And if you would really miss the Bush Administration's Dr. Rice, we've got one right here -- Dr. Susan Rice , a Stanford alumnae and Rhodes Scholar.
I've just hit the highlights in this distinguished group, which also includes several names from the Clinton years , like former National Security Advisor Anthony Lake.
These are not "wild-eyed lefties" -- they are a serious team for serious time. The match up well in terms of experience and knowledge against the so-called "Dream Team" that has gotten Bush into so much trouble. And they have that bad experience to learn from.
The man is not just ready to run, or to win. Howard Dean is ready to rule.
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