Wednesday, August 04, 2004
Where to go after the governor's mansion? Start living under a rock
The guessing work is over. The facts have come out. Those who've been wondering why Howard Dean sounds so ill-informed when talking about the latest terror threats now have their answer: Howard Dean has been living under a rock since September 10, 2001.
In an interview with Head in the Sand Magazine, the former Governor of Vermont talked about what it's like to be out of touch with the issues of today's world. "It's great," he said. "I can be so way off-base with my assessment on important issues that people actually take notice of my politics. I used to be a little-known governor of a very small state. However, ever since I have been living under a rock, people are just dumbfounded by the things that come out of my mouth." Indeed, many Americans have been openly contemptuous of what Dean has to say. He does have his supporters, though. "Do you think I could have almost won the Democratic nomination by acting like a normal candidate? Come on. I knew that living under a rock would help attract the kind of Democratic voter that I needed to garner national attention. These kids are more clueless than I am about how the world works in a post 9/11 environment. My crazy scheme worked."
The latest Howard Dean comments to cause head scratching concern the announcement by the Department of Homeland Security that several key buildings in Washington, Newark and New York are in danger of attack by Al Qaeda. Dean questioned the timing of the announcement saying that it was motiviated by presidential politics. He tried to make Americans think that terror threats could only be used for cynical purposes and never have a legitimate aim of saving lives.
In the past, Dean has criticized President Bush for not doing enough about terrorism. Now, he is criticizing President Bush for doing too much. He said, "Listen, many Democrats appear to have been living under a rock for the last few years, but I'm the only one who has actually done it. Many politicians of the 1800s claimed that they grew up in a log cabin when only Abraham Lincoln was telling the truth. Well, I am telling the truth; I have no idea what I'm talking about, I've been living under a rock."
NYTimes: New Al Qaeda activity is said to be major factor in alert
NY Post's John Podhoretz: President Bush connected the dots
Washington Times: Ridge defends increase in threat level
Arizona Republic: Analysts say terror alert was justified
Boston Herald: With pals like Dean, Kerry's in trouble