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Saturday, February 07, 2004


pigeonholing Dean with VP

posted by Aziz P. at Saturday, February 07, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
I have to disagree with Nico here - This New York Times is long on speculation and short on details. The headline, that Dean "hints" at accepting a VP slot, seems entirely manufactured from this comment by Dean:

Acknowledging that his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination is "a longer shot than it was," Howard Dean suggested today that he would accept the No. 2 spot on a national ticket if it were offered.

"I would, to the extent, do anything I could to get rid of President Bush," Dr. Dean said on a morning radio program in Milwaukee. `I'll do whatever is best for the party. Obviously, I'm running for president, but whatever's best is what I'll do. Anything. We've just got to change presidents. We're really hurting right now.

This is a tenous link between Dean's statement and inference of a VP. If Dean publicly and explicitly says he will consider a VP slot, then that's fine, but until then it's not worth taking seriously. Just another example of the media trying to squeeze more narratives from the Drama of Dean's Fall, which they in large part manufactured to begin with.


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