Monday | April 28, 2003
Dems turn guns against each other
It may be early in the campaign season, but an unfortunate trend is appearing: the Democratic candidates are turning their fire against each other.
Kerry fired first, using campaign spokespeople to try and deflate Dean's rising stock early in the year. Dean struck back at the California Dem convention, criticizing Kerry and Edwards by name for supporting Bush's war. Dean then hit Gephardt last week, criticizing his (Gephardt's) health care proposal.
Now, Kerry is back, taking aim squarely at Dean:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEI don't think Dean doubts the US will have the strongest military in the next four or eight years. Dean is taking a long-term historical view of the issue. And if history can serve as a guide, it's true that the US won't always have the strongest military. Empires rise and fall.
But aside from that, the Democrats need to stop sniping at each other. It's obvious that Kerry is feeling the heat from Dean, especially in New Hampshire, but they need to cool this shit. They need to clearly enunciate their positions on the issues, and when criticism is warranted, it needs to be directed straight at the enemy -- George Bush.
Kudos to Edwards, Gephardt and Lieberman for staying above the fray (thus far). Kerry and Dean need to cool it. We can't be weakened internally if we are to defeat Bush next November. Divided we will fall.Posted April 28, 2003 07:20 AM | Comments (169)