Jewish World Review Sept. 8, 2003 / 11 Elul, 5763

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What the Dems' first debate showed | The Democrats, as many of you know who weren't watching the football game, debated for the first time in Albuquerque, New Mexico. And all of them seemed to do three things: First, they bashed the commander in chief. Secondly, they all tried to speak Spanish. And, third- and this was a biggie- they tried to bash the president in Spanish.

THE RESULTS OFTENTIMES were humorous. Front-runner Howard Dean, the guy who wasn't sure just a few months ago whether it was right for us to unseat Saddam Hussein or not, said now that George Bush has to go back to the very people he humiliated. Humiliated? Hey, Governor Dean, if I'm not mistaken, I thought it was the French and the Germans who humiliated us at the United Nations.

And Dick Gephardt, he got applause from some of the audience when he simply said this: "The president is a miserable failure. We have a president who has broken up alliances that Democratic and Republican presidents have put together for over 70 years."

OK, Dick Gephardt, I know you. You're a good guy. I like you. But that's just not right. Seventy years ago? Actually, the Germans, who were supposed to be our allies, were marching towards world war. The French were 10 years away from capitulating to Hitler and turning over Paris and the entire country to a gang of Nazis. It was America then who liberated them, just like we did in helping them win World War I.

Irresponsible, irresponsible, irresponsible. But others were no more responsible with what they said tonight. If Iraq's not going well, are Americans really going to say, let's bring on Howard Dean to save the day? If our economy is not going well, are they going to really turn to Dick Gephardt to socialize medicine? I thought that's what Hillary tried in 1993. Not on your life.

And you know what the debate showed? It showed that this debate was nothing more than an exercise in futility. And that's bad news for the Democratic Party.

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