Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

July 7, 2004

by V

Orrin Hatch and John McCain, being honest about Bush

I remember this debate, actually. Kudos to Dionne for digging up the quote:

E.J. Dionne: The Best Choice (washingtonpost.com)
When you hear Republicans disparage Sen. John Edwards's lack of experience, remember the words of Sen. Orrin Hatch, spoken to George W. Bush at a debate on Dec. 6, 1999.

"You've been a great governor," Hatch declared of his rival for the Republican presidential nomination. "My only problem with you, governor, is that you've only had four and going into your fifth year of governorship. . . . Frankly, I really believe that you need more experience before you become president of the United States. That's why I'm thinking of you as a vice presidential candidate."

Which is exactly what Edwards was chosen for yesterday.

...Republicans grumbled that Edwards was Kerry's "second choice" after Republican John McCain. Can't blame the GOP for trying. But it's hard to think voters will hold it against Kerry that he tried to reach out to Republicans during a period of rancid partisanship.

Oh, yes, and one more point on that experience thing: "When it comes time to make the decision to send our young men and women into harm's way, that decision should be made by a leader who knows that such decisions have profound consequences. There comes a time when our nation's leader can no longer rely on briefing books and talking points." That was McCain in 1999. He was talking about the man who became our current president. You wonder which side will be most eager to cite that quotation.
Nice one, eh.

I'm relieved at the Edwards choice, bordering on excited. I think they'll go all the way, smiling all the while.

Also, I'd like to give a respectful nod to Mr. Dick Gephardt, for suffering much scorn and press attention without leaking the truth... and for possibly helping to game the New York Post. Well endured, sir.
Posted by V at July 7, 2004 10:01 AM
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