Friday, August 29, 2003

In the long Times piece on Dean you had to go 23 paragraphs deep to find a statement on the candidate's basic policy positions: universal health insurance, opposition to the Iraq war, balanced budgets, tax-cut repeal, affirmative action, and gay rights. This is not a winning combination, as numerous moderate Democrats point out. Still, if Dean's the one, administration spokespeople should start underscoring the extremism that defines his campaign.

For example, Dean's universal health-care insurance is Hillarycare. It's the same government-paid health insurance that's been a disaster in Western Europe and Canada. And it's the same socialist proposal that was defeated handily in a Democratic Congress ten years ago.

From NRO, arguing for a proactive strategy against Howard Dean. I don't think there's any need to get hyperbolic about this, all we need to do is start pointing what Dean actually believes. Pointing out the vicious anti-semitism of his supporters might also be a good idea.