Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

March 12, 2004

by J

Pass the Popcorn

Oh yeah.

Stuff like this will get me to watch cable news again (at least on the Tivo, if not live) and keep Begala from ignorantly labelling me ignorant.
Sunday March 14 on MEET THE PRESS
National Security Advisor Dr. Condoleezza Rice and former Gov. Howard Dean, D-VT, on 9/11 and the Iraq war anniversary.

Posted by J at March 12, 2004 05:13 PM

So, what'd you think? I was a bit disappointed...

Posted by: genehack at March 14, 2004 12:32 PM

I watched a few minutes of Condi at the gym (watching the closed captions.) I started muttering, "Strawman, Condi-baby, strawman!" and "Oh, here we go with more lies" and "A schedule to keep for FUNDRAISING you mean!" to my workout partner. Ok, maybe I wasn't completely muttering, because the guy on the treadmill on the other side of me kinda glanced at me. And then he went to another part of the gym. *cackle!*

I thought Dean was fine. (Watched him at home on the Tivo.) Not stunning, but fine. Three things of interest: 1) Timmy let him go on and on and on without interrupting him and saying "No nono nonononono" like he did last summer. (Dean's not as much of a threat so they'll let him talk now.) 2) I think he and Kerry worked out some talking points - Dean said "Kerry's an internationalist" at least twice, maybe more. And I thought he finessed the "but you said Kerry was wrong on the war" reasonably well. 3) The man is still really outraged at the Bushies -- today's example being the lying about the costs of the medicare bill and the threats against those who would tell the truth. We need more of that outrage from Democrats. As Dean said, if Clinton had done something similar, they'd have impeached him again.

I'm going to read the transcript [by NYCO] again later if I have a chance and see what else can be gleaned from it.

Oh, and Dean has now been successfully taught to use the interviewer's name more often: "Thanks for having me on, Tim" at the beginning and "Thanks, Tim" at the end. They need the ego-boo. I could swear I saw a bit of a self-conscious smirk on Dean's part both times, but I might be projecting.

Posted by: J at March 14, 2004 01:16 PM

Recommended Reading:

The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity: A Diplomat's Memoir
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Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush
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Against All Enemies by Richard Clarke
Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror

LIES by Al Franken
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

The Great Unraveling
The Great Unraveling

The Great Big Book of Tomorrow
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Clinton Wars
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Blinded by the Right
Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative

Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Future of Combat

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Living History

The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton

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