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About January 5th, 2004

Bush will win in a landslide with Dean as the Dem nominee 11:51 am
“Feds Vote” John McCaslin, Inside The Beltway, Washington Times, 1/5/04

How will Howard Dean fare next November if, in fact, the former Vermont governor becomes the Democrats' presidential nominee?

Who better to ask than the nation's large force of federal bureaucrats, an informed bunch who historically pay close attention to who their next boss will be.

Ralph Smith, who keeps in close contact with federal workers through his popular www.fedsmith.com Web site, tells Inside the Beltway that some are predicting a landslide for President Bush that will "rival the debacle of George McGovern."

His site's most recent poll, taken a few days after the capture of Saddam Hussein and shortly after the endorsement of Mr. Dean by former Vice President Al Gore, shows Mr. Bush leading Mr. Dean by 10 percentage points.

However, the average federal employee responding to the survey also sees his or her self-interest "better served" by Democrats, adds Mr. Smith, who these days is opening hundreds of letters from feds in advance of the 2004 presidential election.

Dems can't win without the South and Dean can't win the South 11:56 am
“Electoral College Advantage” Commentary by Donald Lambro, Washington Times, 1/5/04

It's not too early to begin counting electoral votes — especially with only 11 months to go before we elect a president.

By my reckoning, if President Bush simply carries the same 30 states he won in 2000 against Al Gore, that would give him 278 electoral votes — eight more than he needs to win a second term.

So the Democrats are going to have to make up those losses somewhere else. But where? And can they even hold on to all the states Mr. Gore carried?

Democrats have shown in the past that they can compete in the South, but only when their presidential candidate came from the South: Lyndon Johnson in 1964, Jimmy Carter in 1976, and Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996.

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean is about as far away from the South as an Ivy League New Englander can get, and, according to Southern Democrats I've spoken to, Mr. Dean doesn't play that well down there.

This is not only the region where Mr. Bush's job approval polls are highest, it's also where support for going to war in Iraq to topple Saddam Hussein was particularly strong.
Both questions pose very serious problems for the Democrats' future presidential prospects.

For the Democrats, it's simply a reminder that their party cannot continue to "write off the South" — as one Democratic state chairman complained at a DNC meeting last year — and expect to be competitive in presidential elections.

Not-so-green Dean 02:26 pm
“A Browser's Guide to Campaign 2004, Cont'd” Commentary by Chris Suellentrop, Slate.com, 1/2/04

On Aug. 14, 1991, Vermont Gov. Richard Snelling died and was replaced by his mostly unknown lieutenant governor. The state's press corps could only wonder, "Who is Howard Dean?" writes David Moats, the editorial page editor of the Rutland Herald, in the introduction to Howard Dean: A Citizen's Guide to the Man Who Would Be President. The book is written by "a team of reporters for Vermont's Rutland Herald & Times-Argus" who purport to know Dean best. Moats writes, "It took the next decade for those of us in the press, and our readership, to gain an understanding of the energetic, ambitious politician who was sworn into office that summer afternoon in 1991."
Unfortunately for the nation, the Vermont press corps can't give us 10 years to gain an understanding of Howard Dean. Instead, they've given us 245 pages. The book sketches a pretty positive portrait, but fair or not, the juicy parts tend to be Dean's lesser-known lowlights:

Lights out: In one of Dean's first major decisions as governor, he sided with power companies in favor of a 25-year contract to purchase electricity from Quebec. Environment groups opposed the project because of Hydro-Quebec's damming of state rivers; human-rights groups worried about the fate of the Cree Indians, whose land would be flooded; and consumer groups worried whether the plan would even save Vermont money. The consumer groups, at least, turned out to be right: "In the late 1990s, Vermont's two biggest power companies nearly became insolvent as they struggled to pay what turned out to be high costs for Quebec power." Vermont consumers and businesses received "steep rate increases."

Not-so-green Dean: As governor, Dean turned out to be pro-conservation but anti-regulation, a position that some environmentalists find hard to reconcile. The state bought and preserved more than 470,000 acres of wild land, but Dean's administration also gutted or ignored Vermont's environmental regulations in order to land new business development. Upon retirement, the executive officer of Vermont's Water Resources Board charged Dean's administration with underfunding the state's Agency of Natural Resources and with politicizing environmental science: "ANR has not been given the resources to adequately do its job and too often the scientifically sound recommendations by ANR technical staff are overruled in final permit decisions by political appointees." (Dean's budget chief admits in the book that some agencies, including the Department of Natural Resources, were underfunded: "I agree that they didn't have enough money to do what they were authorized to do.")

In general, Dean showed a disdain for Vermont's legal and regulatory processes in favor of ad hoc deal-making and what he called "common sense" and "reason." Dean's critics say he abandoned a 20-year approach of appointing locally respected officials to environmental commissions. Instead, he "seems to have looked to people who wouldn't oppose his philosophy, who wouldn't demand tiresome scientific data and who wouldn't mind working for a governor who might inject himself in cases," writes Hamilton E. Davis, former managing editor of the Burlington Free Press. Some of Dean's defenders argue that he "never really understood the damage he was doing to the regulatory system."

Like governor, like candidate: Dean "never quite grasped the idea that he was something other than a normal guy," Davis writes. "He was smarter than most, of course, and with an unusual job, but otherwise he seems to have considered himself an ordinary guy who could say pretty much whatever crossed his mind without getting too wrought up over it."

Howard the Coward 02:27 pm
“Howard The Coward” Commentary by Ralph Peters, New York Post, 1/5/04

It’s fashionable in left- wing circles to describe anyone who admires America as a fascist. But the real totalitarian threats of our time come from the left. And no public figure embodies the left's contempt for basic freedoms more perfectly than Howard Dean.

One secular gospel of the left preaches that the Patriot Act has drastically curtailed American freedom. Free speech, the teacup Trotskys claim, is a thing of the past.

But Howard Dean and his Deanie-weenies do all they can to restrict the free speech of others. I can predict with certainty that Dean's Internet Gestapo will pounce on this column, twisting the facts and vilifying the writer, just as they do when anyone challenges Howard the Coward.

Free speech, you see, is only for the left.

Dean wants to muzzle his Democratic competitors, too. He believes the Democratic National Committee should shut them up. His followers try to intimidate other presidential aspirants by surrounding the cars delivering them to their rallies and chanting to drown out their speech. Of course, Dean denies any foreknowledge or blame.

These are the techniques employed by Hitler's Brownshirts. Had Goebbels enjoyed access to the internet, he would have used the same swarm tactics as Dean's Flannelshirts.

In Dean's alternate reality, everything the Bush administration has done and might do is a failure, no matter the facts. The president's even responsible for Mad Cow Disease. It's Goebbels again: Just keep repeating the lies until the lies assume the force of truth.

Of course, I don't really see Howard Dean as a potential dictator - just another hollow man soiling the halls of power. And this is America. Our system is far stronger than any individual. Besides, even the vilest dictators have a vision of something greater than themselves. Howard Dean has nothing beyond ambition.

And a shameless disregard for the First Amendment.
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