"While we honor McCain’s military service, the fact is Americans want a real leader who offers real solutions, not a blatant opportunist who doesn’t understand the economy and is promising to keep our troops in Iraq for 100 years," Dean said.Aside from the deliberate distortion of McCain's comments regarding our commitment to the Middle East it's obvious the Dems are trying to downplay the Maverick's military credentials in a sneaky way. In case you missed it, ABC's Jake Tapper found this Dean quote from 2004:
"The real issue is this," Dean said in March 2004, when endorsing formal rival Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., "Who would you rather have in charge of the defense of the United States of America, a group of people who never served a day overseas in their life, or a guy who served his country honorably and has three Purple Hearts and a Silver Star on the battlefields of Vietnam?"I don't agree that combat military experience is a prerequisite for the presidency. Such an axiom has been proven wrong by past presidential performance in wartime and besides, the founders wanted the CIC to be a civilian position.
But the left has been thrashing Bush for 6 years about his service, or lack thereof, making it some kind of critical issue pertaining to judgment. Therefore we can only assume Dean's axiom still holds true in 2008 since we're still fighting an overseas war. But it doesn't, of course.
Example--just for fun let's say Obama wins and follows through on his promise to chase AQ anywhere they exist regardless of cooperation from host countries. Won't that make him a "chickenhawk" based on his own lack of service? Of course not.
Alright, alright, politicians mangling words for their own self aggrandizement--hardly man bites dog stuff. The mistake is taking anything Howard Dean says seriously considering his litany of embarrassing gaffes. In his zeal to tar the opposition he's liable to say just about anything, to which the Insta guy says can only help McCain. Thing is, it's too late for the Party to get rid of Dean now, they'll have to live with him. But I hear Cancun is lovely this time of year.