Newsbusters has a post up about a Howard Dean interview on the Today Show this morning.? I haven’t seen the transcript but judging from the Newsbusters post it appears he was as unhinged as ever, and Katie Couric was calling him on it:
Suggested Katie regarding the NSA surveillance: “If this potentially stops another terrorist attack like 9/11, why not give the White House some latitude?” Dean riffed in reply about a president who “has a habit of putting himself above the law.” But Katie was dubious when Dean complained that the program “poking around into people’s private lives.”
Couric broke in: “Have you seen any evidence, Governor Dean, have you seen any evidence that this is happening, that the administration is somehow poking into the private lives of Americans.”
Dean: “Of course they are.” Dean then added his most serious charge:
“We don’t believe you ought to spy on American citizens without some third party looking at this. That’s what makes the difference between America and other countries like Iran.”
Ok, so now he wants surveillence done on our enemies ONLY if another agency is involved.? Just what we need, more red tape & more paperwork to slow the process down even more.?
And did you get the dig about Iran?? What a dummy.
Surprisingly Katie was really taking it to him:?
Katie then revealed the core of her concern: that the Dem carping will hurt them at the polls. “At the same time, obviously perception is everything and some of your opponents [translation: and some supporters like Katie] believe this is yet another example showing the Democrats are soft on defense and are not as vigilant as they should be in the war against terrorism.”
Taking Dean to the woodshed, she continued: “Why has this become such a poisonous partisan issue? No one wants to see another terrorist attack. Why can’t both sides come together and figure this out rather than throwing mud at each other on a daily basis? Don’t you think the American people are tired of that?”
Dean would have none of Katie’s call to kumbayah. To the contrary, perhaps piqued, he raised his level of vitriol: “The president isn’t interested in hearing from his own military. He’s made gross misjudgments in Iraq because he would listen to the military. He wouldn’t even listen to Secretary of State Powell. This is a headstrong president who thinks he’s above the law.”
Boasted Dean: “I’ll tell you one thing, if we get back in power we’re going to make a real effort to get OBL. We’re not going to let him lolly-day [sic] around for four years.”
So once?Hillary gets into office she will get our military,?who are just lollygagging around according to Dean I suppose, to get off their asses and get Osama in the first few days.? I guess she will request a search warrant for the whole country of Pakistan and send in the police?? It’s a law?enforcement issue to these guys isn’t it?
And best of all?was when Dean continued his lies about Abramoff:?
Things heated up at the end of the interview. When Dean alleged that “all” of the people getting money from Abramoff were Republicans, Katie cut him off: “Hey, wait a second. Democrats took money from Jack Abramoff too, Mr. Dean.”
Dean: “That’s absolutely false, that did not happen. Not one dime of money from Jack Abramoff went to any Democrat at any time.”
Katie had some figures handy to rebut Dean: “Let me just tell you. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Abramoff and his associates gave $3 million to Republicans and $1.5 million to Democrats.”
Dean: “Katie, not one dime of Jack Abramoff money ever went to any Democrat. There’s a lot of stuff in the press that the Republican National Committee has been spinning that this is a bi-partisan scandal. It is a Republican scandal. Not one dime of money from Jack Abramoff ever went to any Democrat.”
Anyone with ANY knowledge of Government knows that lobbyist works for whichever side is getting them work.? He may have been a Republican and gave his own personal money to the Republicans but there is written proof that Abramoff ordered these tribes, who lean Democrat, to give to Democrats.? They lean Dem, so the Dem’s will give them favors if the money comes in from them, not to hard to understand is it?
Dean knows this, he is just playing semantics.