Here’s another weird lie that managed to wriggle itself free from Dick’s slanted lips last night:
And with respect to this particular operation, we‘ve seen a situation in which, first, they voted to commit the troops, to send them to war, John Edwards and John Kerry, then they came back and when the question was whether or not you provide them with the resources they needed—body armor, spare parts, ammunition—they voted against it.
I couldn‘t figure out why that happened initially. And then I looked and figured out that what was happening was Howard Dean was making major progress in the Democratic primaries, running away with the primaries based on an anti-war record. So they, in effect, decided they would cast an anti-war vote and they voted against the troops.
You heard it yourself, my friends. Howard Dean and his anit-war message was “running away with the primaries” when the vote on $87 billion in supplemental funds for Chimpy’s Iraqi Adventure went before the senate, so Kerry and Edwards voted against it.
That sounds great until you realize that the senate vote to which the vice president refers was held on November 4, 2003 and the first democratic primary of this campaign was held in New Hampshire on January 27, 2004, two-and-a-half months after the senate vote.
Maybe poor old Dick’s heart isn’t supplying his brain with enough oxygen these days and he meant that Howard Dean was “running away” with the Iowa Caucus just prior to the senate vote. No, wait, the Iowa Caucus was held on January 19, 2004, and John Kerry won that contest, not Howard Dean.
Did Howard Dean make “major progress” in any of the Democratic primaries? How many of these contets did Dr. Dean “run away” with?
Sad to say, Howard Dean won only one primary this season, the one held in Vermont on March 2, 2004, a full three months after the senate vote.
But Dean did run away with the Vermont primary, so I give Dick a partial credit.