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Tuesday, June 24, 2003

The story may have short, hobbled legs, but somehow Dean manages to get the foot in his mouth:
    Nothing we could say could improve on this report from the Burlington (Vt.) Free Press, on Howard Dean's official announcement of his presidential candidacy yesterday:

    How will he win support of Democratic Party leaders, given his frequent criticism of them, a reporter asked Dean at a small morning news conference.

    Not a problem, Dean responded. They'll come around once they get to know me.

    "It is a bit of a club down there," he continued. "The Democratic Party, all the candidates from Washington, they all know each other, they all move in the same circles, and what I'm doing is breaking into the country club."

    Jaws dropped.

    Dean's 17-year-old son, Paul, was cited last week for aiding a break-in at the Burlington Country Club. Paul Dean allegedly drove the car while three friends broke into an outbuilding to steal beer.

    Dean then asked a press aide: "Why do I say these things?"

(via WSJ OpinionJournal).