February 12, 2005


It's Dean vs. Clark (Paul Bedard, 2/09/05, US News)

Here's another reason why some Democrats are fretting over installing antiwar former presidential candidate Howard Dean as chair of the Democratic National Committee. He might cede national defense to the Republicans. That's the charge from associates of another former presidential candidate, former NATO boss Wes Clark. Seems the Clark and Dean teams have been warring over the future of the Democratic Party, and now that threatens to spill into the public if Dean, as expected, wins the chairmanship this Saturday. Here's the fight: Clark wants the Democrats deeply involved in foreign policy and the war, and Dean's team isn't as jazzed about that. They see domestic policy and issues like Social Security and the deficit as the keys to success. But this might be the real rub against Dean: Clark fans think the retired general will be marginalized by Dean.

Dean's lucky that the heaviest-weight foreign policy voice in the Party is a featherweight like Wes Clark.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 12, 2005 6:21 PM

What to they mean "will be" marginalized?

Posted by: Timothy at February 12, 2005 7:50 PM

Wesley Clark simply cannot be marginalized. It's impossible. In order to be marginalized, you first have to have attained something more than marginal status. If Wesley Clark were rendered marginal, it would be a step up for him.

Posted by: Mike Morley at February 12, 2005 8:26 PM

For whom is the stalking prion marching now?

Dean's first gaffe will send the MSM to Lieberman for a quote. But only Republicans will read it. Crunch time is when Hillary announces that Howard Dean does not speak for mainstream America. Can she wait until the 2006 elections?

Posted by: jim hamlen at February 12, 2005 10:45 PM

Considering that the Iraq war will be well over by 2008, this debate seems pretty sterile.

Dean is a perfect foil should the Hildebeest feel a need for a 'Sistah Souljah' moment at the convention.

Posted by: Bart at February 13, 2005 8:30 AM