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Howard Dean, Patriotism Policeman?


Howard Dean gets Eric Alterman’s quote of the day for suggesting “One professor who made a big impression was Wolfgang Leonhard, who taught Russian history. He’d been a Party official in East Germany and had defected. A fantastic lecturer. He once told us, ‘Pravda lies in such a way that not even the opposite is so.’ That really hit home. I felt he wasn’t just referring to the Soviet government but to our own at the time…[Vietnam blah-blah]…I think there are some similarities between George Bush’s Administration and Richard Nixon’s Administration: a tremendous cynicism about the future of the country; a lack of ability to instill hope in the American people; a war which doesn’t have clear principles behind it; and a group of people around the President whose main allegiance is to each other and their ideology rather than to the United States.” Wrong, wrong, wrong. And they say only the right suggests their opponents don’t pledge allegiance to the United States.


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