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Comments by the Democratic presidential candidates Sunday on the capture of Saddam Hussein [N.Y. Times, registration required]. I was particularly impressed with the level of maturity and respect offered by Dean:
This is a great day of pride in the American military, a great day for the Iraqis, a great day for the American people and, frankly, a great day for the administration. This is a day to celebrate the fact that Saddam’s been caught. We’ll have to wait to see what happens to the campaign later.
While Kerry can’t put politics aside and slips in a woulda-coulda shot:
If we had done this with a sufficient number of troops, if we had done this in a globalized way, if we had brought more people to the table, we might have caught Saddam Hussein sooner. We might have had less loss of life. We would be in a stronger position today with respect to what we’re doing.
Dean sounds like a rational leader and a proud American. Kerry sounds like bitter and negative politician. I think these quotes embody why Dean, the unknown outsider, is leading the well-known insider (with a far more impressive resume and military / foreign policy experience). Kerry can’t help but be a politician — and it’s destroying him.