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:: Wednesday, August 04, 2004 ::

Joe Lieberman--American Statesman

Joe Lieberman has emerged from this edgey political season, not as a small-minded partisan hack but as a true American Statesman. Howard Dean, on the other hand, has perfectly demonstrated the obverse:

Howard Dean:

I am concerned that every time something happens that's not good for President Bush, he plays this trump card, which is terrorism....It's just impossible to know how much of this is real and how much of this is politics, and I suspect there's some of both in it..

Senator Joseph Lieberman:

I don't think anybody who has any fairness or is in their right mind would think the president or the secretary of homeland security would raise an alert level and scare people for political reasons...That's outrageous


It's sobering to think, for even a moment, Howard Dean was able to come so close to the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. His whole pandering approach to governance reminds me of the candidacy of the populist Huey Long. Had Dean's candidacy found such traction, the people of the United States and their Democracy would have been in grave danger--the little man is truly unstable. I dislike John Kerry but would gladly suffer him given the choice between he and Dean. Fortunately for America and the world, the Democrats somehow regained their senses (such as their senses are) and this unimaginable scenario, a Dean Presidency, is no longer a possibility.

This graphic contrast was brought to you by our good friends at Photoncourier. See the light! [>]

Update I: I've been remiss in not having added Photon Courier to my blogroll--meant to do it a month ago. Problem solved. Go on--ping his stat counter once in awhile.

Update II: The Hill's James Kirchick has a nice column on Senator Joe:

Joe Lieberman: A lonely voice of moderation (excerpt)

It was only four years ago that Lieberman was his party's vice-presidential candidate. Now, following a war that he strongly supported but was unpopular with the base, Lieberman has lost his luster within the Democratic Party. Slighted by Al Gore, upstaged by Howard Dean and largely ignored by the delegates, Lieberman is truly now a man without a party.


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