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Wednesday, December 10, 2003


Will Vehrs doesn't understand Dean Nation

posted by Aziz P. at Wednesday, December 10, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Wil Vehrs thinks that David Brooks has a point, arguing:

I daresay that if you challenge a Dean position or a quote from the candidate in the comments section of a Dean-leaning blog--or if you challenge Bush in a Bush-leaning blog--you won't get a spirited defense. You'll get called names, accused of apostasy, and treated to a shrill listing of the other's guy's defective positions.

Oh really? Clearly Vehrs doesn't read Dean Nation :) I'll let others dig up the numerous occassions that Dean has been roundly critiqued here, by the blog team and commentators alike.

In fact, in that spirit, how about an open thread for all of us to complain? Leave a comment below and share what you disagree with Dean on, and why.


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