FW: Wesley Clark’s Newest Mission: Destroy Howard Dean’s Momentum

Joe Barrera jsb at polymathy.org
Wed Sep 17 09:22:14 PDT 2003

Here's a "fair and balanced" perspective...


  That loud thud you heard yesterday was Howard Dean’s jaw dropping after a 
15,000-foot bomb was dropped on his campaign. News reports finally verified 
that four-star General Wesley Clark will announce his intention to seek the 
Democrat nomination for president. After months of speculation that Clark 
would run, the one underlying question has to be--why now?

The answer is clear, Howard Dean and his gimmick campaign was supposed to 
peter out by now. Or at least lose some momentum. But it hasn’t. Despite 
numerous mistakes, flip-flops and horribly misguided stances on issues 
relevant to the security of the country, Howard Dean has parlayed his 
anti-campaign into firm front running status.

That has the Clintonistas, and the DLC petrified.

Enter the General. General Wesley Clark, your mission, should you choose to 
accept it---derail Howard Dean and destroy his momentum. With the fingerprints 
of the Democratic Leadership Council still clearly visible on the back of his 
starched white shirt, Clark was shoved into the race by the wing of the 
Democratic Party who is frightened of Howard Dean driving the party over an 
electoral cliff.

General Clark is nothing if not media savvy. For some time, CNN has paid Clark 
to appear on many of their news shows, well except for Lou Dobbs who booted 
him off his program, to run Wesley Clark propaganda unchecked and bash 
President George W. Bush at every opportunity. This should come as little 
surprise to savvy news observers who understand that CNN has little problem 
with propaganda as long as they feel they are getting an “exclusive.”

And Clark himself is no stranger to propaganda, stretching the truth, 
distorting facts and misleading viewers of many political programs to push the 
Wesley Clark agenda. He has changed his position so many times on the war with 
Iraq, we will all have to wait until his next comment on the war to see what 
his position is today.

For the primaries he will remain staunchly anti-war. This transparent strategy 
will be used in an attempt to pick up some of the anti-Bush folks and derail 
the Dean runaway train before it causes the Democrats yet another electoral 
train wreck.

One thing Clark will not back away from is attacking Howard Dean--something 
John F(rench) Kerry never mustered the courage to do. He’ll have plenty of 
ammo to go at Dean with, as Dean’s missteps are multiplying with each passing 
day. And if that doesn’t work, the four-star fibber has a proven track record 
of fabrications. His appearance in June with Tim Russert on NBC’s Meet The 
Press about a phone call he claimed that he received from the White House on 
9/11 proves that.

Unfortunately for Clark, they have transcripts of these things.

CLARK: "There was a concerted effort during the fall of 2001, starting 
immediately after 9/11, to pin 9/11 and the terrorism problem on Saddam Hussein."

RUSSERT: "By who? Who did that?"

CLARK: "Well, it came from the White House, it came from people around the 
White House. It came from all over. I got a call on 9/11. I was on CNN, and I 
got a call at my home saying, 'you got to say this is connected. This is 
state-sponsored terrorism. This has to be connected to Saddam Hussein.

The White House never called Clark on 9/11 in an attempt to get Clark to say 
these things---and now Wesley Clark will be forced to once again answer his 
‘conspiracy theory’ and admit that no such call came from the White House.

But that won’t matter for the primaries.

Clark will be the hot ticket to ride for the immediate future. He will have 
the entire Clinton spin team backing him, and they will make sure that he is 
the center of attention for as long as they can. But don’t expect Howard Dean 
and his rabid anti-war supporters to go quietly into the night and step aside.

General Wesley Clark offers an alternative to Howard Dean. While Dean rolls up 
his sleeves, slobbers and screams he wants his Country back while changing 
positions and making loud obnoxious misstatements along the way Clark will try 
another approach.

Clark will use his years of experience and the Clinton spin machine to make 
quiet reserved misstatements and position changes while claiming he is a 
“straight talker.” Clark will have a very short time to rise to the top, and I 
believe he will.

That will pit one loud obnoxious anti-Bush liberal against a slick talking, 
quiet four-star fibbing anti-Bush liberal backed by the Clintonistas.

It may leave the other eight dwarfs on the outside looking in, but that is a 
small loss. And it will only help the dormant democrat primaries while setting 
up some great political theater.

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