December 20, 2003


Dean Assails 'Washington Democrats' on Iraq (Paul Farhi and Jim VandeHei, December 19, 2003, Washington Post)

In a pointed blast at his presidential rivals Thursday, Howard Dean criticized "Washington Democrats" who "want to declare victory in the war on terror" after Saturday's capture of Saddam Hussein.

The former Vermont governor expanded on his earlier assertion that the arrest did not make the nation safer, saying Americans are no safer now than they were before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

"For the past four days, the Washington Politics as Usual Club has taken every opportunity for attacks on me and my campaign that go far beyond questioning my position on the war," Dean said in a campaign stop. "The capture of one very bad man does not mean this president and the Washington Democrats can declare victory in the war on terror."

Saying "the soul of the Democratic Party is at stake," he added: "The Washington Democrats fell meekly into line" with President Bush and "failed to ask the tough questions" last fall during the run-up to the war.

Dean appeals for halt to attack politics among Democrats (MIKE GLOVER, December 20, 2003, Associated Press)
Howard Dean appealed to fellow Democratic presidential candidates Saturday to stop the bitter attack politics that have come to dominate the race for the party's nomination. The race needs "a little character transplant," he said.

"It's not necessary to tear down the other opponents," said Dean, whose front-running campaign has come increasingly under fire from Democratic rivals.

One needn't be as cynical as we to believe that on December 19th, Mr. Dean's pollsters told him that the attacks by other candidates were hurting him worse than his attacks on fellow Democrats were helping him. Thus, the Doctor wants to play nice.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 20, 2003 11:06 PM

When someone issues requests that "attack politics" cease,you know that the attacks directed at that person are working, truthful and hard to refute. Of course, the noble Dr. Dean isn't calling for attacks against the President to cease, just those directed at his august person. He won't do that until one of his supporters does a Squeaky Fromme.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 21, 2003 2:56 PM