Oliver North
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- 'Tis the season to be jolly. Unless you're a Democrat, that is. Last week saw ABC's Ted Koppel and Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich get into a cat fight during a nationally televised debate. Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, either attempting to appear "hip" or increase voter turnout among gang members, gave a profanity-laced interview to Rolling Stone magazine, saying that President Bush has "f---ed up" the war in Iraq.

Sounding more like Mike Tyson than a U.S. senator, Kerry's trash talk proved only that his wife's ketchup fortune can buy him $200 haircuts, but not class.

Perhaps Joe Lieberman, who nearly accused Al Gore of being a traitor last week, will now sponsor legislation requiring Democrat presidential candidates to wear warning labels for explicit language. To top off the week of Democrat bliss, Al Sharpton blamed the former vice president for trying to "shut us up," referring to the eight Democrat presidential contenders Gore did not endorse.

Yes, the Christmas spirit is alive and well in the Democrat Party. With the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary just weeks away, the stakes are getting higher for the nine naysayers fighting for the opportunity to get trounced in a general election by President George W. Bush. In fact, so confident are many Democrats that this election is a lost cause -- regardless of who wins the nomination -- that they are already positioning themselves for 2008.

And whoever the Democrat nominee may be five years from now, that person will have one heck of a job rescuing the party from the McGovernites who are pulling it further to the radical left. Leading that effort is former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean -- a medical doctor trained by Planned Parenthood -- who picked up Al Gore's endorsement and, in the process, stabbed his former running mate, Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, in the back.

At a hastily scheduled Harlem endorsement rally last Tuesday -- just down the road from his philandering friend, William the Zipper -- Gore praised Dean for making "the correct judgment about the Iraq war." Though Gore has yet to set foot in liberated Iraq or talk to the people who no longer have to live in Saddam's bondage, he declares that President Bush made a "catastrophic mistake" in Iraq and has led our country into a "quagmire." Had Gore not been escorted through Vietnam by bodyguards, he might know what a "quagmire" is. But his limited vocabulary was overshadowed by his convoluted sense of history when he said of the war in Iraq, that the United States "has never made a worse foreign policy mistake."

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Oliver North

Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.