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BJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-23-03 08:44 AM
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Kerry, Gephardt must stop their "Dean bashing"
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I'm not a "Deanper", or whatever, but I am a registered Democrat and I'm just a little tired of the tone that both Senator John Kerry's and Dick Gephardt's campaigns have taken lately. Right now, if everything falls its way, the Democratic Party could run a blind mule and beat Bush. Yet the growing nastiness and devisiveness in the rhetoric coming from Kerry and Gephardt aimed at Dean can only strenghten the Republican incumbant at the Democratic Party's expense.

Let me pass along a couple of items from The Des Moines Register.

First a letter from the October 22 edition:
Two well-seasoned Washington, D.C., insiders, John Kerry and Richard Gephardt, with their recent sharp attacks against the "new boy on the Democratic block" Howard Dean, are hoping beyond hope their "two-against-one" offensive against Dean just might do better than their individual attempts to put him down.

Dean is not the enemy, George Bush is. Stop trying to fragment the Democratic Party. Attack your enemy, not your brothers.

Robert B. Sanderson

Second an editorial column by Ira Lacherin today's edition:
With notable exceptions such as the late Senator Paul Wellstone of Minnesota, most Democratic office-seekers haven't energized young people by campaigning on issues they care about, such as the environment or college costs
But given the choice between a headmaster on the far right and a headmaster on the near right, younger voters are likely to stay home in 2004, or cast ballots for a third-party progressive (Dennis Kucinich?), the way they voted for Ralph Nader in 2000. "If Democrats can't speak the language and address the aspirations of the young," Goldberg wrote in the American Prospect, "they can forget about retaking the White House."

The Democratic Party has an historic opportunity, I beleive, to not only retake the White House but the Congress. But the distorted image of a Party at war with itself, that reactionary pundits love painting of the Democrats, can only be reinforced by the current discord amongst Kerry, Dean and Gephardt. I've read issue statements from all three candidates and find only incremental differences and shifts of emphasis between them. All three are formidable candidates and any one of them should defeat Bush in 2004. Any serious and lasting rancor caused by the current divisions between the Party's top three presidental candidates only palys into the hands of the Bush/Rove Cartel. The nation, and the world, can ill afford four more years of misrule by the junta now in control of the White House and the U.S. Congress.

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