Dean, Fiscal Conservative?
Michael Ubaldi, October 2, 2003.
I happened to watch this yesterday morning and came to the same conclusion as Tim Graham on NRO's The Corner:
Yes, in between his other network gigs this morning, Howard Dean was fearless enough to appear on the Fair and Balanced Channel this morning. When co-host E. D. Hill asked where he would cut federal spending, he hedged, trashing Bush's "borrow and spend presidency." When Hill followed up about the $87 billion Iraq-reconstruction bill, Dean said "There's a ready source for that. The president gave three trillion dolars of our tax money away to people like Ken Lay." Huh? Three trillion in the last two years? Who fact-checks this guy? Krugman Truth Squad?
WHICH REMINDS ME: If Howard Dean can't be straightforward on the primary campaign trail about Medicare reform because he happened to share an opinion with Newt Gingrich, while he may be able to inch to the right on the issue for the General Election, would he really return to out-of-the-box politics once in Washington? Governor Dean, the "fiscal conservative" that Andrew Sullivan and others see and place against a spending-soft Bush, may be just that - history.