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Barking up the wrong tree

Howard Dean’s descent did not begin with his semi-tantrum after the Iowa caucus. Personally, I still don’t understand what was so awful about his rant, but that’s off point for now. It was certainly the bottom. But it was not the beginning of his downfall, as it seems the media wants us to believe. Why did the candidate most identified with the fervently anti-war left finish a disappointing third in Iowa? Why is he now essentially dead in the water in race for the presidency?

Again, the common wisdom on this is that the Democrats do not feel Dean is 'electable'. But what does that REALLY mean? For the candidate who forged his identity as the anti-war Democrat, it meant his position on the war was untenable. Perhaps just plain wrong, at least with the majority of Americans. And those who supported him began to realize that.

I don't think it's a coincidence that the most fervent opponent of the Iraq war went into a tailspin soon after the December 16th capture of Saddam Hussein. His statement soon after that America was NOT safer after bringing Saddam into custody certainly did not help. America then realized that with President Dean, Saddam Hussein would still be president of Iraq and America would be under the thumb of the United Nations, placing our national security in the hands of a group of clowns who are more effective at raiding their own cafeteria than they are at getting member nations to comply with post 9/11 security resolutions.

In many ways, it really is a shame. Howard Dean was the first Democrat in, well, ever, that I could have trusted with my second amendment rights. He balanced his budget, and he will be the first to tell us that he's the only candidate to do that. He was actually much more conservative than many a Democrat, and could easily be more 'electable' than 'Lurch' Kerry.

Unfortunately, in his dash to the left, he went too far. His opposition to the Iraq war became a hindrance. His caustic opposition to the policy of preeminent action, while popular with the media and such celebrated foreign policy analysts as Janeane Garafolo and Michael Moore, was not in agreement with the thoughts of the American people. It appears now that it not even in agreement with most in his own party.

Posted by Rob B. at February 5, 2004 9:20 PM