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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-30-03 10:22 AM
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8. Dean "capitulated" to the right with the best of em.

Associated Press Writer


Many of the people who were his allies and adversaries in Montpelier over his 20-year political career have been quietly bemused by the liberal persona hes built as he campaigns in Iowa and New Hampshire, especially through his outspoken opposition to the war in Iraq.


Dean kept his distance from his partys liberals during his governorship.

"He seemed to take glee in attacking us at every opportunity and using us as a way to form alliances with more conservative elements," said former state Sen. Cheryl Rivers, a leader of the state Democrats liberal wing and former chairwoman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee.

Dean fashioned himself a position in the political center of Vermont politics even as the state has moved steadily to the left......back in Vermont have shrugged their shoulders as theyve watched Dean allow himself to be cast as a liberal. They know its not the first time politicians have miscalculated his political leanings.


Dean trimmed spending or held down increases in areas held dear by the liberals. More than once, Dean went to battle over whether individual welfare benefits should rise under automatic cost of living adjustments. Liberals were particularly incensed when he tried that tactic on a program serving the blind, disabled and elderly, which he did several times.

Dean turned often to the bully pulpit to belittle and berate them.

Last year, in a news conference tirade that was typical of his budget feuds with the Legislature, Dean lambasted the Senate. "The Senate budget is in la-la land," Dean said last May. "Theyre pretending there is no recession."


Rivers blames Dean for helping a third political party to flourish in Vermont that many say siphons votes from Democrats. "The Progressive Party gained some momentum during his years as governor because he was so conservative," Rivers said, although she said she still may support Dean for president.

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