Larry Elder

 Presidential Democratic candidate Howard Dean, former governor of Vermont, and a critic of the president's war effort in Iraq, fumbling a question by "Meet the Press's" Tim Russert on the number of American military personnel: "I can't tell you the answer to that . . . as a -- someone running in the Democratic Party primary, I know that it's somewhere in the neighborhood of one to two million people, but I don't know the exact number and I don't think I need to know that to run in the Democratic Party primary." Dean also said he voted against a congressional resolution authorizing the war. Interesting. Since when does a governor get to vote on congressional resolutions?

 Former President Bill Clinton, when asked whether the recall resulted from a right-wing conspiracy, said no, for conspiracies take place behind the scenes. This one, Clinton said, unfolded before our very eyes. Congresswoman Diane Watson, D-Calif., apparently failed to get the memo: "I want you to remember the three Rs -- I want to tell you what the real evil three Rs are. Way down in Florida, it was 'recount.' Then on to Texas, 'redistricting.' And now to California, 'recall.' . . . It is all to do with a conspiracy that stretches across this country and started in the year 2000 . . . "

 The newest, and 10th, Democratic presidential candidate, General Wesley Clark, seems confused on whether he would have voted for the Iraq war. The New York Times, Sept. 19, 2003: "Gen. Wesley K. Clark said today that he would have supported the Congressional resolution that authorized the United States to invade Iraq. . . . 'At the time, I probably would have voted for it, but I think that's too simple a question,' General Clark said. A moment later, he said: 'I don't know if I would have or not. I've said it both ways because when you get into this, what happens is you have to put yourself in a position -- on balance, I probably would have voted for it.'" Washington Post, Sept. 20, 2003: "Retired Army Gen. Wesley K. Clark reversed course yesterday on the issue of Iraq, saying that he would 'never have voted' for the congressional resolution authorizing President Bush to go to war, just a day after saying that he likely would have voted for it."

 Well, at least Clark can correctly pronounce "nuclear."


Larry Elder

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