Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

May 14, 2004

by J

Molehill, Revealed!

NYCO had a good find of a story in ProJo. Turns out that all those files that Dean was "hiding" and that all the whiny Democrats were squealing about back in the winter? Yeah, umm. Somebody miscounted. Turns out Dean actually sent fewer of his files off into governor-privilege-purgatory than his predecessors.
An error dramatically inflated the number of boxes of papers that Howard Dean sealed when he stepped down as governor.

The sealing of Dean's papers for 10 years became a major issue in his presidential campaign as reporters and opponents continually questioned the candidate on why he sealed so many papers for so long.

[...] The revised count shows that Dean sealed 93 of the 283 boxes he gave the state when he left office, which means he sealed 32 percent of his papers, a figure that is significantly below the figures of his two predecessors. Madeleine Kunin sealed 46 percent of her papers for six years while 40 percent of Richard Snelling's papers were sealed for seven and a half years.
Oooopsie. I don't know how the man maintains his good cheer. Let's see... didn't "hide" any more files than anyone else, we're not safer with Saddam gone, we do want Southerners to vote Democratic, the Iraq war is a fiasco, ... as someone on Kos said, next thing you know we'll find out that Dean actually won Iowa. I salute him (yet again) for his equanimity.
Posted by J at May 14, 2004 08:37 PM
Comments

I think he has realized that he'll be happier and more productive doing what he's doing now from outside the WH than he ever would have been inside it.

I love this blog by the way. Thanks for running it.

Posted by: eRobin at May 15, 2004 04:38 PM

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