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Saturday, January 03, 2004

 

Blumenthal on Dean http://www.salon.com/opinion/blumenthal/2004/01/02/dean/index.html

posted by annatopia at Saturday, January 03, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Sidney Blumenthal has an interesting take on Gov Howard Dean, MD and the campaign that got him to this point. Click on the article and grab a day pass (you can get your day pass directly from there), and read the whole thing.
The proximate cause for the intensity among Democrats may seem to be the debate over the Iraq war, but its roots go back to impeachment and Florida. Then, after 9/11, Bush betrayed the bipartisan consensus that had supported the Afghanistan war by smearing the congressional Democrats as unpatriotic. With that, in the 2002 midterm elections, he took back the Senate, rendering them impotent. The Democrats' illusion of good faith had disarmed them. They had behaved as though they were dealing with the elder Bush. Iraq, even for most rank-and-file Democrats who favored the war to depose Saddam, is understood as an extension of the anti-Constitution strategy of the Republicans' ruthless exercise of power.


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