Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

January 12, 2005

Uninformed Journalists #1: Does Howard Dean exist?

Filed under: — Different River @ 4:18 pm

Here’s Jill Lawrence, writing in USA Today:

Imagine a Democratic presidential candidate and his allies assailing the character of the Republican nominee in ads and speeches every day for eight months.

Having trouble? That’s because Democrats generally don’t have the stomach or the discipline to do it. Often they don’t even effectively fight back when under attack themselves.

Does that mean she never heard of MoveOn.org, Howard Dean, or Michael Moore? Or as OpinionJournal puts it,

It seems Jill Lawrence was in Bhutan all last year when the Democrats were busy calling President Bush a liar, a moron, a coward, a military deserter, a puppet of Dick Cheney and the Jews, and another Hitler. What are they going to say if they “get the stomach” to wage character attacks–that he’s the original Hitler?

2 Responses to “Uninformed Journalists #1: Does Howard Dean exist?”

  1. romy Says:

    is michael moore a democrat? forgive me if this question is ignorant, but i got the impression – especially just before the last elections – that he was more generically liberal and possibly libertarian and, more specifically still, anti-bush. he certainly wasn’t pro-kerry.

  2. Different River Says:

    Excellent question. Michael Moore has claimed publicly to be an independent, but he is registered to vote in New York as a Democrat. He is also registered to vote in Michigan, which does not have party registration. Details here. How he managed to be registered to vote twice without getting arrested is left as an exercise for the reader. (No answer at the back of the book.)

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