Another Democratic Smackdown of Sorts

You have to appreciate the title of the post yesterday at “Crooks and Liars”

“Dean Issues Smackdown on Wolfie”

On Sunday morning, Wolf Blitzer had Howard Dean on his CNN segment, and interviewed Howard on a variety of current issues:


BLITZER: About a month ago, Senator Joe Lieberman, the former Democratic vice presidential nominee spoke out, urging his fellow Democrats, including yourself, to restrain themselves in criticizing the president’s position on Iraq. Listen to what Lieberman said.


SEN. JOSEPH LIEBERMAN (D), CONNECTICUT: It’s time for Democrats who distrust President Bush to acknowledge that he will be the commander-in-chief for three more critical years, and that, in matters of war, we undermine presidential credibility at our nation’s peril.


BLITZER: What do you think? Is that advice good advice from Senator Lieberman?

DEAN: No. This president has lacked credibility almost from the day he took office because of the way he took office.

(Howard continues to drive moderates to the Republican Party. The GOP will be glad to take them. Thank you, Howard.)

BLITZER: Should Democrats who took money from Jack Abramoff, who has now pleaded guilty to bribery charges, among other charges, a Republican lobbyist in Washington, should the Democrat who took money from him give that money to charity or give it back?

DEAN: There are no Democrats who took money from Jack Abramoff, not one, not one single Democrat. Every person named in this scandal is a Republican. Every person under investigation is a Republican. Every person indicted is a Republican. This is a Republican finance scandal. There is no evidence that Jack Abramoff ever gave any Democrat any money. And we’ve looked through all of those FEC reports to make sure that’s true.

BLITZER: But through various Abramoff-related organizations and outfits, a bunch of Democrats did take money that presumably originated with Jack Abramoff.

DEAN: That’s not true either. There’s no evidence for that either. There is no evidence…

BLITZER: What about Senator Byron Dorgan?

DEAN: Senator Byron Dorgan and some others took money from Indian tribes. They’re not agents of Jack Abramoff. There’s no evidence that I’ve seen that Jack Abramoff directed any contributions to Democrats. I know the Republican National Committee would like to get the Democrats involved in this. They’re scared. They should be scared. They haven’t told the truth. They have misled the American people. And now it appears they’re stealing from Indian tribes. The Democrats are not involved in this.

BLITZER: Unfortunately Mr. Chairman, we got to leave it right there.

And, with that the interview ended. It’s too bad Wolf didn’t flash these pictures on the screen for Howard Dean. Instead, Dean walks off the Blitzer show having just passed misinformation to the masses on the Democratic connections to Abramoff and his money.

To democrat bloggers, this qualifies as a “smackdown.”

It brings to mind other famous democratic smackdowns.

Like this “smackdown” on January 26, 1998 when Bill Clinton said, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, I never told anybody to lie.”

And, how about this “smackdown” by Al Gore on March 9, 1999:

“During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country’s economic growth and environmental protection, improvements in our educational system.”

Or, who could forget this famous democratic “smackdown” by John F. Kerry:

I remember spending Christmas Day of 1968 five miles across the Cambodian border being shot at by our South Vietnamese Allies who were drunk and celebrating Christmas. The absurdity of almost being killed by our own allies in a country in which President Nixon claimed there were no American troops was very real.

Democratic Senator Tom Harkin had a nice “smackdown” when he called Vice President Dick Cheney a “coward” for not serving in Vietnam but lied about his own service:

“Senator Harkin is a proven fabricator when it comes to his own Vietnam-era record,” reports the Wall Street Journal in Thursday editions. Revisiting its own 1979 report on the tart-tongued Iowa Democrat, the Journal notes:

“In 1979, Mr. Harkin, then a congressman, participated in a round-table discussion arranged by the Congressional Vietnam Veterans’ Caucus. ‘I spent five years as a Navy pilot, starting in November of 1962,’ Mr. Harkin said at that meeting, in words that were later quoted in a book, Changing of the Guard, by Washington Post political writer David Broder. ‘One year was in Vietnam. I was flying F-4s and F-8s on combat air patrols and photo-reconnaissance support missions. I did no bombing.'”

“It turned out Mr. Harkin had not seen combat and was stationed in Japan.”

And, who could forget this mountainous “smackdown” by the Clintons:

Mr Clinton’s claim that Hillary was named in honour of Sir Edmund Hillary, the New Zealander who conquered Mount Everest,… Hillary herself has attributed her moniker to the mountaineer.

Edmund Hillary reached Everest’s peak on May 29, 1953, nearly seven years after the infant Hillary arrived in the world.

This goes to show that if it’s loud enough or rude enough or said confidently enough, it’s a “smackdown” to democrats, no matter how much truth there is to back it up.

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