Friday, December 12, 2003
Herbert Describes Dean Campaign, Fails to Notice http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/12/opinion/12HERB.html
"God and the Republicans have blessed the Democrats with the high ground on one important issue after another, from the war in Iraq to national economic policy to health care to education to the environment...But like the Union general George McClellan, the Democrats have been too timid to take full advantage. It's a party for the faint of heart. The Republicans are hijacking elections and redistricting the country and looting the Treasury and ignoring the Constitution and embittering our allies, while the Democrats are — let's see, fumbling their way through an incoherent primary season and freaking out over Al Gore's endorsement of Howard Dean."
He then describes what the Democrats need to do to win:
"The party needs a plan. It needs a coherent, compelling, convincing narrative that shows how voters and the nation would be better off under Dr. Dean or General Clark or Dick Gephardt — take your pick — than they are now.
"To regain control of the White House, the Democrats need to give voters, who are frightened by terrorism and disoriented by the pace of 21st-century events, new reasons to hope. That can only be done by a thoughtful, united, energized and creative party. A party with a plan and a ferocious will to win."
Hmm...he does periodically mention Dean taps these sentiments. But let's see...doesn't Dean have a narrative showing why the nation needs a Democratic President? Don't his supporters often claim they have reasons to hope? Isn't he creating a "thoughtful, united, energized and creative" campaign with a "ferocious will to win?"
Folks, we have a winner! All that's left is to unite the party. Maybe Herbert will notice come next November.
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