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October 26, 2003

Excuse Me While I Go Laugh

By Karl-Thomas Musselman

I almost put this one under the Burnt Orange Report Humor listing. Read and see.

HEADLINE: Kucinich wants Dean ads pulled from TV in NH

Why do you ask? Oh let me tell you!

Dean began airing two 30-second spots in New Hampshire earlier this week, criticizing his opponents' records on the war in Iraq and prescription drug benefits. The former Vermont governor does not name his rivals, but highlights his opposition to the war and says "the best my opponents can do is ask questions today that they should have asked before they supported the war."

Kucinich, the Ohio congressman and the only candidate who voted against the resolution authorizing the war, took exception to the spots.

"I am proud of my record of opposition to the war on Iraq and the occupation of Iraq, and I will not stand by while a fellow Democrat distorts my record and his own," Kucinich said Friday. "I'm calling upon Dr. Dean to take these false and misleading ads off the airwaves before they do further damage to his own campaign as well as to the campaigns of other Democrats."

Thanks for being concerned Dennis. It's almost touching.

The Dean campaign responds.

"We're focusing most of our attention on those candidates who are attacking us, and those are candidates at the top of the polls. We're not focusing on Dennis so we're not attacking Dennis."

Some days, I just can't wait to see the latest polls. The anticipation, the suspense one must endure in waiting to find out who is in 8th place this week almost KILLS me!

But the entertainment doesn't stop there!

Kucinich's lawyer, Donald McTigue, sent a letter to New Hampshire television stations earlier in the day, asking them to pull the ad and give Kucinich's campaign free air time to respond.


"I think trust may in fact emerge as the major issue in this race," Kucinich said.

Trust will be an issue Dennis. But I'd be more worried about Bush's Iraqi mistruths than NH ads that aren't focused at you. Puh-lease.

The campaign also plans to petition the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communication Commission about the ads.


But Kucinich said he would not let the issue drop, and planned to confront Dean about it Saturday when both planned to attend an AFL-CIO convention in Whitefield.

Wow, I can't WAIT for the political fireworks from this one!

I'm sorry, as much as I can somewhat respect Kucinich for bringing some real issues to the table, the guy is giving the Progressive Caucus a bad reputation. I'm unsure if he makes the Democratic Party seem Liberal and out-of-touch or if he just makes the other challengers seem that much more moderate and mainstream...

Posted by Karl-Thomas Musselman at October 26, 2003 12:12 AM | TrackBack


Well, what do you expect from a major flip-floper. I never understood how you could be in the progressive caucus if you are pro-life. Blah...

Posted by: Mike at October 26, 2003 02:35 AM

Look at it this way. One of the things you want to know about a presidential candidate is whether he can keep his eye on the ball and avoid distractions. Dennis is helping the Democratic Party test his fellow candidates in that regard.

Posted by: Beldar at October 27, 2003 03:35 PM
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