If Dean Gives One More Speech, He Could Lose Canada Too

Tough Pill For the Democrats (washingtonpost.com)
George Will is at his sarcastic best in this piece on Duck, M.D. Duck has made so many misstatements it’s a wonder he’s the frontrunner. Some are merely stupid, others are lies.

He actually accused Republicans of wanting to end public education, though even the most open voucher system couldn’t be said to do that because there would still be public funding. The good news is that these statements by Duck are a matter of public record and will be replayed ad nauseum over the next year. The only downside is that he could yet win in spite of his rhetoric.

Arthur Goldberg was a fine public servant — secretary of labor, Supreme Court justice, ambassador to the United Nations — but a dreadful candidate for governor of New York in 1970, when it was said that if he gave one more speech he would lose Canada, too. Howard Dean is becoming Goldbergean.

Regarding foreign policy, Dean recently said not only that America is no safer because Saddam Hussein was captured but that America is “no safer today than the day the planes struck the World Trade Center.” Well. He says he supported the war to remove the Taliban in Afghanistan, although he thinks it made us no safer. And even though he says the war in Iraq made us no safer, he says he would “not have hesitated” to attack Iraq if the United Nations had given us “permission.”

Because Dean’s foreign policy pronouncements have been curiouser and curiouser, his recent speech on domestic policy did not get the attention it deserved for its assertion that America is boiling with “anger and despair.” Republicans are, Dean says, trying to “dismantle” the welfare state — presumably when they are not enriching Medicare’s entitlement menu — and they aim “to end public education.”

Dean is why there is both good and bad news for Democrats in Newsweek’s latest presidential poll. The good news is that George W. Bush is in a 46-46 dead heat when matched against an unnamed Democrat. The bad news is that the Democratic nominee will have, among other problematic attributes, a name, probably Dean’s.

The unnamed Democrat syndrome. Problematic indeed.

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