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Dean-Bashing May Come Back to Haunt Democrats, Prof. Ken Bode Writes in Op-Ed

January 9, 2004

January 9, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - "It used to be said of Democrats that when told to get up a firing squad, they immediately formed a circle. This time, they all understand the target," writes Ken Bode, Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Professor of Journalism at DePauw University, in an op-ed piece published in today's Indianapolis Star. With the Iowa caucuses ten days away and Howard Dean leading in the polls, Bode writes, "The candidates lining up to take their shots at Dean all believe they are raising legitimate issues. Perhaps they are, and how Dean takes the fire will reveal important attributes of his temperament. In the short run, however, the piling on may prove counterproductive."

Bode, a veteran, award-winning journalist with CNN, NBC and PBS, notes, "Previous attacks on Dean have only served to solidify the commitment of his supporters. When he comes under fire, they write more checks. Also, Kerry, Gephardt and Lieberman have to face the fact that they may be doing Karl Rove's work for him. Imagine an October GOP commercial with pictures of Saddam being pulled from his spider hole and the voice of Joe Lieberman saying, as he did in the Iowa debate: "I don't know how anyone could say we're not safer with a homicidal maniac, a brutal dictator, an enemy of the United States, a supporter of terrorism, a murderer of hundreds of thousands of his own people . . . in prison instead of in power." The tag line: "Don't forget what other Democrats said about Howard Dean."

You can read Ken Bode's essay in its entirety at College News.org.

Source: Indianapolis Star

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