THE DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVE TO "COMPASSIONATE" CONSERVATISM
Just a year ago, Wes "the weasel" Clark was congratulating the Administration over a job well done in Iraq...of course that was before Dr. Ho-De-Do showed him that being anti-war was the key to unlock the hearts of the mindless double latte, professional protestor core of the Democratic Party. And two years ago he complemented the president on his selection of Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rice to their posts.
Now he sinks to a new low as The Union Leader exposes the General for the simpering idiot (excuse me...ahem...Rhodes Scholar) that he is (hat tip to Lee at Right-Thinking):
"A transcript of the session reveals the following exchange between Clark and Joseph W. McQuaid, publisher of The Union Leader and New Hampshire Sunday News.
McQuaid: Let's take an issue. Abortion. Are there any limits on it in your mind?
Clark: I don't think you should get the law involved in abortion-
McQuaid: At all?
McQuaid: At all?
Clark: It's between a woman, her doctor, her friends and her family.
McQuaid: Late term abortion? No limits?
McQuaid: Anything up to delivery?
Clark: Nope, nope.
McQuaid: Anything up to the head coming out of the womb?
Clark: I say that it's up to the woman and her doctor, her conscience, and law - not the law. You don't put the law in there. Yesterday, Simmons said "Republicans and conservatives want to pin you down in debates about timing, but this isn't about timing, it's about whether we trust a woman and her doctor to make medical decisions that are in the best interest about her and her life."
"The issue here is whether or not we're going to try to inject politics and government into a medical decision by a woman and her doctor and his answer is "No, we're not going to do that.
I wonder what Wes thinks about injecting government into a medical decision between a terminal cancer patient and Dr. Kevorkian? Can't be making laws about private behavior can we General? And how about incest between consenting adults...nobody even DIES in that scenario?
In contrast Osama bin Laden deserves a little bit better treatment than an 8 month old fetus according to the "Supreme Being":
"Question: Well, 3000 Americans were killed here. Do you believe he should be held exempt from capital punishment? If you send him to The Hague he will be %u2013 they don't have capital punishment at The Hague.
Clark: I think that you can adequately punish Osama bin Laden, and you've got to look beyond simple retribution against an individual. You have to look at what's in the long-term security interest in the security in America and you have to look at how we handle the war on terror from here on out.
Question: But doesn't life in Holland beat life in a cave?
Clark: Not in a Dutch prison. They're under water, they're damp, they're cold, they're really miserable."
If George Bush travelled the country making statements like this, the New York Times would be grinding him to shreds on its editorial page - IF the editors were able to pick themselves up off the floor after the side-splitting spasms of laughter that they would induce.
If Dean and Clark keep this up, Karl Rove is going to have to find a new job because the November campaign could be run by Bozo the Clown and Bush would still win in a landslide.
A LEAKY BOAT
In Frontpage Magazine today Democrat and former mayor of New York Ed Koch announces his support for the re-election of President Bush and denounces the current field of candidates:
"The Democrat now leading in the race, former governor Howard Dean, is a disgrace. His willingness to publicly entertain the slander that President Bush had advance warning of the September 11 attacks and his statement that America is no safer as a result of the capture of Saddam Hussein should have been sufficient to end his candidacy. But the radicals who dominate the primaries love the red meat that is thrown to them, even when it comes from a mad cow."
This is much harder for Democrats to write-off than Senator Zell Miller's support of Bush. Miller is a southern conservative Democrat who is far closer to the Republicans on both domestic and foreign policy issues. But Koch has announced his support for Bush despite the fact that he does "not agree with him on any major domestic issue, from tax policy to the recently enacted prescription drug law."
My hunch is that there are a significant number of Democrats in the blue counties that feel the same way Koch does. Namely, that there is no responsible alternative to Bush from a security perspective (other than Joe Lieberman who is destined to be out of the race in a couple of weeks). It will be extremely difficult for Dean (or Clark) to reverse course in the general election campaign as Karl Rove will be pounding him with his own quotes from the primary race.
I can wholeheartedly agree with Koch on one thing, Dean is a disgrace.