Carol Platt Liebau: No Truth, No Plan

Sunday, November 13, 2005

No Truth, No Plan

For Republicans, Howard Dean is the gift that keeps on giving. Exhibit 1: Two huge gaffes he made this morning on "Meet the Press".

Dean's agenda clearly was to try to communicate to the American people the importance of "truth telling," and to purvey the lefty fantasy that George Bush "lied." How unfortunate for Dean, then, that he started off being caught in a lie himself:

MR. RUSSERT: What did [President Bush]withhold?

DR. DEAN: He withheld--he knew, he knew that there was no connection between Saddam and 9/11 and he insisted on trying to make that case to the American people.

MR. RUSSERT: But he never said Saddam was involved in September 11.

DR. DEAN: He never actually came out and said just that. But in every speech he gave during the campaign and afterwards, he left the impression. He left the impression with 65 percent of the American people, who agreed that Saddam had something to do with 9/11.

Huh? Well, according to John McCain, more young Americans believe that Elvis is alive than believe that they'll ever get a social security check. So is George Bush "leaving the impression" that Elvis lives -- proved by the fact that some Americans believe that, too?

But that wasn't all -- Dean came right out and admitted that the Democrats currently have no plan governing the country.

DR. DEAN: Tim, first of all, we don't control the House, the Senate or the White House. We have plenty of time to show Americans what our agenda is and we will long before the '06 elections.

MR. RUSSERT: But there's no Democratic plan on Social Security. There's no Democratic plan on the deficit problem. There's no specifics. They say, "Well, we want a strong Social Security. We want to reduce the deficit. We want health care for everyone," but there's no plan how to pay for it.

DR. DEAN: Right now it's not our job to give out specifics. We have no control in the House. We have no control in the Senate. It's our job is to stop this administration, this corrupt and incompetent administration, from doing more damage to America. And that's what we're going to do. We're doing our best.

Message to America: Don't worry -- Democrats aren't obligated to have a plan, because they're not in the majority. Just elect 'em and then, surprise! They'll tell you afterwards what, exactly, they're going to do. In a microcosm, Dean's statement exemplified the Democratic political approach: Add nothing of value, just attack and besmirch. That's good enough . . . because it's not about helping America. It's about returning the Democrats to power.

Talk about trying to convince Americans to buy a pig in a poke . . . Republicans can only hope that Howard Dean is the best the Democrats have to offer.

No wonder Dean was afraid to go head to head with Ken Mehlman.


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