I think I'll post an occassional news item on Howard Dean. Perhaps he's the Democrats best chance of regaining the presidency next year.
<... This president has used humiliation as a weapon � not only against our enemies, but also against our friends,� Dean said. And he warned on Iraq: �Every day that goes by we are seen as occupiers and not liberators.�
With the major fighting done in Iraq, much of the political dialogue in the presidential race has turned to domestic matters. But Dean�s intensity on foreign policy issues appears to be what still arouses crowds in Iowa, where Democratic activists have been virulently anti-war.
�His passion and energy comes through,� said David Loebsack, a political science professor at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, who attended the forum.
The Heartland forums, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, are a series of nine monthly events aimed at showcasing the presidential hopefuls in front of Iowa activists. The 90-minute RiverCenter event was aired on C-SPAN.
For the most part, Dean focused his energy on President Bush, only making indirect references to his rivals. Even later, when asked to expand on implicit criticism of their views on the hog-confinement issue, he declined.
However, he reserved no passion in his criticism of the Bush administration, complaining that he has surrounded himself with �ideologues.�
With the invitation-only audience of activist Democrats, though, Dean�s red-meat rhetoric was well received. Harry Seelman, an 81-year-old farmer from Oxford, Iowa, said he is neutral but that Dean is high on his list of presidential candidates. �He has Democratic values,� he said.
Dean complained that 2.5 million jobs had been lost since the Bush administration took power. �If we re-elect this president, we�ll be in a depression,� he said.
Foolish. Can't say I am excited about Dean. Don't see much that will turn on the electorate. I am leaning strongly to Edwards because a) he is young and good looking, b) he is from the south, and 3) he has strong labor roots like I do. Hate to say it, but the others are just the same old same old. None of them are exactly striking fear into Republican hearts. Got to go with the new generation.
Due to the threat of terrorism, which I think, will be with us forever, the country needs a President who will take aggressive action. No democrat is willing to do that. Diplomacy will not stop terrorists. They are continuing to strike, and it seems more frequently in the last couple of weeks. My opinion is that the USA will have to take actions against counties harboring terrorists like Saudi Arabia. There are no innocent civilians; women are now suicide bombers and children have been used in past attacks.