Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Let Dean be Dean-- whatever that is

Dean's positions can be hard to keep up with. A few days ago he even found Jesus and promised to evoke his Holy name in the South, even though he has said Southerners should not base votes on God, guns and gays. As drastic as his position changes can be, he truly outdid himself on the timing of this flip-flop. As much as I dislike Holy Joe, his comment that Dean has a "rapid retraction team" was actually quite humorous-- and apt.

Dean: Bin Laden guilt best determined by jury

(CNN) -- Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean will not pronounce Osama bin Laden guilty before a trial, he said in an interview published Friday.

New Hampshire's Concord Monitor reported that Dean said he would not state his preference on a punishment for bin Laden before the al Qaeda leader was captured and put before a jury.

"I've resisted pronouncing a sentence before guilt is found," Dean said in the interview. "I will have this old-fashioned notion that even with people like Osama, who is very likely to be found guilty, we should do our best not to, in positions of executive power, not to prejudge jury trials."

Dean added he is certain most Americans agree with that sentiment.

Later, Dean released a statement clarifying, "I share the outrage of all Americans. Osama bin Laden has admitted that he is responsible for killing 3,000 Americans as well as scores of men, women and children around the world. This is the exactly the kind of case that the death penalty is meant for.

"When we capture Osama bin Laden, he will be brought to justice and treated in the same manner that President Bush is recommending for Saddam Hussein."

When you cite Bush as the standard are you being Bush-lite, or Bush-full strength?

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