Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Dean: Trial for Terrorists but Not for Republicans

Howard Dean, Democratic party chairman, reveals his grasp of the severity of the threats to this country. Alas (for him), he has been caught by bulldogpundit.

Showing a solid understanding of the disparity in threats to the U.S., Dean applies different standards of justice to Osama Bin Laden and Tom DeLay. Guess which one deserves a fair and impartial trial and which one deserves to go straight to jail without passing "Go"?

For Bin Laden:
"I've resisted pronouncing a sentence before guilt is found," Dean said. "I still have this old-fashioned notion that even with people like Osama, who is very likely to be found guilty, we should do our best not to, in positions of executive power, not to prejudge jury trials. So I'm sure that is the correct sentiment of most Americans, but I do think if you're running for president, or if you are president, it's best to say that the full range of penalties should be available. But it's not so great to prejudge the judicial system."
For DeLay:
"[G]o back to Houston where he can serve his jail sentence"
Sigh! Where does one even begin to explain to Dean the difference between Bin Laden and DeLay? On the other hand, maybe Dean sees the Republicans as a greater threat to the U.S. than Al Qaeda is. Maybe Dean's attitude explains why so many Democrats seem to have their priorities backwards.

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