Thursday, January 15, 2004


So Howard Dean's been saying for months that he's the outsider and the establishment is out to get him, and now ABC decides to run a bogus story that the state trooper in charge of Dean's security detail is a wifebeater. The is their lead:

In his presidential campaign, and as governor of Vermont before that, Howard Dean has taken a tough, zero-tolerance stand on domestic violence, accusing the Bush administration of not being committed to the issue. Yet Dean said he had no idea that one of the men closest to him was repeatedly abusing his wife.
What does it mean, "Dean said he had no idea"? Is it trying to imply that he did know about it? And what about the "yet"? Is Dean supposed to be psychic?

This looks like a hit piece to me. It's the Thursday's before an election, which is the absolute best time to release bogus accusations against a candidate. Any earlier than Wednesday the candidate would have had time to respond, and if it's Friday or later it'd be obvious that the story was held until it's right before the election. This was exactly like the LA Times piece on the women Arnold allegedly grope, which was also released on the Thursday before the election, except that in this case there's even less evidence that Dean did anything wrong.

There are a lot of reasons to not like Howard Dean and to vote against him, but this isn't one of them.
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