Howard Dean seems to be working into his new role in the Kerry campaign – the butcher who throws red meat to the frothing Bush hatters…
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – John Kerry was supposed to spend yesterday traveling through Ohio and Michigan, going to church and talking at rallies. But by afternoon, his campaign was searching for a secure telephone line so Kerry could be briefed on an issue that was overtaking the day: The terrorist threats announced in Washington.
Yet the issue has charged the atmosphere, influencing everything Bush and Kerry do these days, as was particularly clear at Kerry’s nominating convention.
It has also stirred renewed suggestions by some Democrats that the White House was manipulating terror alerts for Bush’s political gain. They said this latest alert was issued at the moment Kerry emerged from a convention that was described by Republicans and Democrats as a success.
“I am concerned that every time something happens that’s not good for President Bush, he plays this trump card, which is terrorism,” Howard Dean, the former governor of Vermont and a former rival of Kerry for the Democratic nomination, told Wolf Blitzer on CNN.
“His whole campaign is based on the notion that ‘I can keep you safe, therefore at times of difficulty for America stick with me,’ and then out comes Tom Ridge,” Dean, the former Vermont governor, added, referring to the homeland security secretary. “It’s just impossible to know how much of this is real and how much of this is politics, and I suspect there’s some of both in it.”I thought with him humiliating defeats in the primaries that were going to be rid of Howard Dean, but I guess I was wrong. Fortunately Howie is kind enough to show a little ass on a semi-regular basis. It’s like a full employment act for political pundits.
One extra thought – If this was just politics, the Kerry/Edwards ticket probably wouldn’t be getting the same high level intelligence briefings as the president.