September 10, 2004


Dean blasts Bush at Brown (LISA GENTES, 9/10/04, The Associated Press)

One-time Democratic presidential contender Howard Dean Thursday accused President George W. Bush of dishonesty that the former governor says has led to the deaths of 1,000 soldiers in Iraq.

"The president has said a lot of things that are untrue," Dean said in an interview before addressing a crowd of about 800 at Brown University.

"The Republicans have the best propaganda out there since Lenin, and they just make stuff up and they keep repeating it, and hope people are going to believe it," he told The Associated Press.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 10, 2004 6:52 PM

Funny, I've never thought of Lenin as a great propagandist. Murderous thug, yes, and ruthless at eliminating opposition. But not a propagandist.

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at September 10, 2004 7:14 PM

Well, Lenin DID say capitalists would sell him the rope he'd hang them with. Kerry isn't selling rope to Bush, he's giving him rope (and war stories, and Microsoft memos, and...)

Posted by: John Barrett Jr. at September 10, 2004 7:17 PM

Somewhat off topic, but did anyone else see Rather's attempt to defend himself and his precious (documents) on CBS an hour or so ago? What a pathetic joke. He concentrated almost exclusively on side issues like the superscript "th" and didn't even address things like the numerous errors in style, format and fact, nor did he mention Mrs. Killian and Killian the younger, and so on and so on. There's your CYA for you.

Posted by: Joe at September 10, 2004 7:37 PM

I get the feeling that by next week, Dan will be spouting lines like "The American people want to know if their anchorman is a crook. Well, I am not a crook" before he goes up the airplane steps, waves goodbye and flies off to San Clemente.

Based on the way Dan looked tonight, Howard Dean would make a more composed presence than Rather on the CBS Evening News. And he's already got a well-known tag line to use for the sign-off of the show.

Posted by: John at September 10, 2004 7:48 PM

"I'm Howard Dean for CBS News. Yeeeaaaargh!"

Posted by: PapayaSF at September 10, 2004 8:09 PM

The Nazi references didn't work, so why not try Bolshevik ones?

By Columbus Day, they'll be accusing Bush of monarchism.

Posted by: Bart at September 11, 2004 7:33 AM

I would have voted for Dean.
I kinda like him, and it wouldn't have mattered in my neck of the woods, Bush would carry over anyone but possibly Lieberman.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at September 11, 2004 2:50 PM

I mean, is there really any need for comment on things that speak so clearly and pathetically for themselves? Once again - uh, yup, believe it or not, once AGAIN - proof there is no limit for desperate people with driving ambition and no conscience.

Posted by: D. L. Meadows at September 14, 2004 3:06 PM