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PurityOfEssence Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-26-04 10:26 PM
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105. But they weren't really IN his party
He was the Democratic wing of the party, remember? The rest of them weren't fit for the name.

Yes, the media was a major factor, but he also did himself in.

Please don't recount ethical lapses, because Dean lied deliberately and recklessly, and ducked responding when called to account. The Senators DID NOT VOTE FOR THE BUSH TAX CUTS. He knew this, and he kept saying it. He wasn't the only one to talk about race in front of white audiences, and when confronted, said that he couldn't be held responsible for knowing what everyone else had said. When the flag flap came up, he said that he'd said it before, and when asked, Edwards said that he hadn't heard of that statement or he would have commented on it. Dean spat back that he should be aware of everything he'd said. Recap: I can flatly state that I know what they say, yet don't have to really know, and they have to hang on my every word.

When the status of his campaign changed, he did not. He should have given up the harsh attacks on opponents; it's acceptable when you're the underdog, but it's bullying when you're the front-runner.

John Kerry is not a Republican. When he said that, he went from reckless and charmingly extemporaneous to unstable and resoundingly unethical.

I saw an interview of a kid who had rebounded and was working for another campaign; his line was: "the movement was better than the candidate." Well said.

Yeah, he got a raw deal, but he dealt VERY RAW HIMSELF, and some of that's karmic. You don't walk into the room calling everyone else an asshole cowardly turncoat and not expect to get hammered.

Times change, and candidates have to be able to stay true to their message while moderating tactics. If all he had said had been true, it would have been a different matter, but he was most foul most often. So don't blame all the evils of the media and machine politicians, when all's said and done, he did himself in.
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