Exposing the Foggy Bottom from the Third Rail
Just Who is Howard Dean?
Ex-Vermont Governor, Presidential Hopeful
Washington- The questions flew around Attorney General John Ashcroft's
late-night press conference like students at a terrorist flight school.
Not a single member of the press was interested in where speculation would
take off or where the answers would land.
Political experts say arresting a former governor of a
tiny US state as an "enemy combatant," could be seen as a political
move by the Bush administration, especially when the governor is a mostly
unknown candidate for the White House in 2004.
he turned out to be a traitor to everything that doctors found holy. Barely out of the influence of Wall Street, Dean emigrated to the People's Republicof Vermont to learn the ways of socialists. It wasn't long before he was "liberating" the workers in a Vermont hospital on behalf of local unions, and spending his evenings listening to the music of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger.
Not since Harry Truman integrated the US military or Lyndon Johnson ripped out the "colored only" water fountains from his native Texas had there been a violation of the good Republican cloth coat that warms America. Ashcroft had tried to understand the needs of homosexuals to bind together - Vermont winters were much colder than Missouri's, after all - but the idea that people of the same sex could share a picket fence and a golden retriever was just too much.
Next, the Justice Department would be called upon to hire
When Dean stepped down from more than a decade of leading
Green Mountain boys heretofore living in sin, there was joy in GOP Mudville
from Montpelier to Peyton Place. But when the former governor voiced a
thought that America should be more like Vermont, the concern began to
build faster than the Dean momentum to the 2004 Democratic convention.
Despite the efforts of many right-wing GOP pundits who
expressed doubts that Dean would gather enough steam to win the battle
for even Vermont's solitary Democratic delegates, Ashcroft said he had
to make an example of the governor.
"Even he has pointed out that the rest of the field remains afraid to attack this administration," Ashcroft said. "By arresting him and keeping him away from lawyers and constitutional rights until say, January 21, 2005, we send a message."
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