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December 20, 2003
Howard Dean: Comedian

I had just about given up on posting for tonight after a long day of finalizing my Christmas shopping, but I read this little gem off the AP wire and couldn't stay silent:

Howard Dean appealed to fellow Democratic presidential candidates Saturday to stop the bitter attack politics that have come to dominate the race for the party's nomination. The race needs "a little character transplant," he said.

"It's not necessary to tear down the other opponents," said Dean, whose front-running campaign has come increasingly under fire from Democratic rivals.

Dean's entire campaign has been one attack after another, not only on President Bush but also on Democratic candidates like John Edwards, who he accused at one debate of waffling on Iraq numerous times when in fact Edwards has been consistent -- wrong, but consistent. It's Governor Dean whose notoriety springs from his red-faced harangues on the campaign trail.

"This campaign needs a little character transplant," Dean said. "You shouldn't believe what other people say."

Dean's problem is that people can't believe what he says; he spends so much time trying to deny his policy flip-flops that one wonders when he's got his character transplant scheduled. Either he's trying to get ahead of the curve on demanding a higher tone, trying to eliminate the 'anger' issue, or he's just showing a Jesse Ventura-like ultrathin skin. Both are laughable.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at December 20, 2003 10:10 PM

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