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Goes Over The Cliff
The candidate definitively proves he is not fit to
"But the capture of Saddam
Hussein has not made America safer."
Wait a minute.
Wait a minute. That was an amazing statement. We ought
to stay and think on it a bit.
came from Howard Dean, who had carefully re-crafted his "big
foreign-policy speech" delivered in Los
Angeles on Monday to reflect circumstances after the capture
of Saddam. So many people are saying stupid things, that
the "stupid things people are saying" commentary
is accumulating at a torrential rate. Bloggers are in overdrive – see
Andrew Sullivan attempting to chronicle the meltdowns here
things matter much more than others, particularly those said
candidates for the Democratic
nomination. Over at the New York Post, Deborah
Orin details the profanity and racist language that dominated
a Dean fund-raiser,
but that's just Dean's core support group talking. We just
don't much care what comics Judy Gold and David Cross have
to say. (Note that I have to use the word "comic" to
let you know who they are, which is why we don't really care
what they say.)
But Dean labored long and hard over his set-piece
speech. It was premeditated. He can't claim he spoke off
and excuse his words away as he did after the Chris Matthews
interview or the NPR meltdown. He's gotta live with this
But the capture of Saddam Hussein has not made America safer.
rivals jumped all over it, according to the New York
Times' Jodi Wilgoren and Randal Archibold. But we don't need
cues from Dean's fellow candidates. Ask yourself: Is anyone stating
such a thing qualified to be president?
is so obstinately ideological and so completely and transparently
that even the MoveOn.org crowd must
have said to themselves, "Whoa. That's pretty weird."
think Dean may have jumped
the shark with this one. And I deeply
regret it. No single person better embodies the spirit of the
delusional and crank-infected left in this country than Howard
Dean. He is the voice of Streisand and all political comics;
he is Al Franken with better clothes; he is Congressman McDermott
and Sen. Leahy; he is the crowd in front of the A.N.S.W.E.R.
rally; and he genuinely represents about 25 percent of the
American electorate which is a majority in the Democratic Party.
But not even that 25 percent is that crazy when it comes to
Saddam. Howard added megalomania to the witches brew of crazy
and came down on the side of Saddam's capture not mattering
because if Saddam's capture did matter, then Howard's theory
of the world
would have been flawed.
Howard of the Hague cannot conceive
of his view of the world being flawed, so he worked backward
to the conclusion that
grabbing Saddam doesn't make the United States safer. That
is simply and
conclusively nuts, and you know it, I know it and most
of Dean's people know it.
But Dean doesn't know it. He worked
hard on this speech. It is reported that he extensively rewrote
it after Sunday's
So give him the credit of his own, thought-through conclusions.
Dean isn't fit to be president of the United States because
he lacks even a high-school level competency of threat
assessment. Period. I fear that even Iowa caucus and
New Hampshire primary
voters will conclude the same thing.
On the chance
that the Democratic primary electorate is as deeply infected
with delusion as Howard, please
GeorgeWBush.com and make a contribution in honor of capturing Saddam.
Doesn't have to be much. But consider it a vote for
purpose in the White House. And your affirmation
that capturing Saddam
does indeed make the U.S. safer.
Principal Contributor Hugh Hewitt is an author, television
and syndicated talk-show host of the Salem Radio Network's Hugh
Hewitt Show, heard in over 40 markets around the country.
He blogs regularly at HughHewitt.com and he frequently contributes opinion pieces to the Weekly
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