|Man Without Qualities|
Thursday, January 22, 2004
Dick Morris says:
What happened to Howard Dean? He was assassinated by Bill and Hillary with the assistance of Chris Lehane, the political hit man who first worked for Kerry and now backs Clark.
Desperate to keep control of the Democratic Party, the Clintons used their negative researchers and detectives to the ultimate and generated a story-a-day savaging Dean. The Vermont governor, not ready for prime time, cooperated by being thin-skinned, surly and combative. And now he is an artifact of history. ... My bet is that Edwards surges and finishes second in New Hampshire, too. Then we proceed to the big states five weeks later - New York, Texas, California and Ohio all vote on the same day in this front-loaded process. Edwards and Kerry will slug it out and the winner is anybody's guess.
On Foxnews Mr. Morris has justified this conclusion by arguing that ONLY the Clintons have the resources to have produced the day-by-day water torture of anti-Dean stories that supposedly did him in. If Mr. Morris is correct, why doesn't this same reasoning lead to the conclusion that Mr. Lehane is targeting Senator Kerry's most formidable contender right now by employing the same negative researchers and detectives to create the same ultimate story-a-day savaging of John Edwards? Indeed, if a string of anti-Edwards revelations appear, doesn't Mr. Morris' reasoning lead to the conclusion that ONLY the Clintons/Lehane team could be their source?
Could Matt Drudge's pledge to present RESULTS OF A DRUDGE REPORT INVESTIGATION INTO THE MAN OF MYSTERY, DEM HOPEFUL JOHN EDWARDS have any connection? Hey, a Lehane/Drudge connection? Come on! Drudge is the guy who broke and tended the Lewinski story. Surely a Clintonista like Lehane wouldn't have anything to do with Drudge.
Of course, Mr. Morris' reasoning has some odd consequences. For example, some talented people believe that the Iowa Deanerdammerung has removed much of the reason for Wesley Clark's entire campaign. If that's true and Mr. Morris is right, then wouldn't Mr. Clark be more than a bit annoyed at Mr. Lehane right now?
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