August 4, 2004

Howard Dean had a position of honor at the Democratic National Convention, and appeared on CNN Sunday this past weekend to push the Kerry-Edwards ticket.

When asked about the announcement of a heightened terror alert, he promptly responded that he suspected politics had motivated Secretary Ridge.

This is a despicable and outrageous statement, the sort of poisonous paranoia that undermines homeland defense.

It is not enough for Republicans to denounce Dean's smear, Democrats need to step forward and rebuke this out-of-control posturer.

Only last December, Dean was speculating whether the Saudis had warned George Bush about 9/11, now he's implying that Ridge and the entire Homeland Security Department are corrupt.

Dean not only slanders good men and women, he may also undermine the warning's impact on the people it needs most to reach.

Howard Dean is an embarrassment to the Democratic Party and he should be shunned by responsible participants in the party's business-along with all those whose rhetoric has simply gone over the edge.

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