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Kathy Shaidle

Howard Dean caught lying on video

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Posted on August 26 2009 9:29 am
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."
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I call them “Future Presidents of the Past”: Mario Cuomo, Ann Richards, maybe even Barbara Jordan (I date myself) — all those “rising political stars” who gave a great speech or two, landed on a spate of magazine covers and Sunday shows, then burned out as quickly as they appeared.

Another name at the top of that list has to be that of “Screaming” Howard Dean. Remember him? The physician cum Democratic Governor of Vermont turned failed Presidential candidate?

For a man once widely touted as The Next Big Thing, Dean has been keeping a low profile of late, perhaps in part because he’s been unable to replicate his genuinely revolutionary success as an online campaign fundraiser now that he’s DNC Chairman.

The Democrats must be getting desperate, because now they’ve dusted off Dean to help muscle Obamacare into law. On paper, Dr. Howard Dean seems like the perfect salesman for socialized medicine, which he’s supported vociferously for years. However, Dean’s smug, arrogant demeanor and habit of “shooting from the hip” may undermine his usefulness.

Case in point: last night, FOX News sent correspondent Griff Jenkins to cover a health care town hall meeting held by Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), at which Dean was the keynote speaker.

As Jenkins told Sean Hannity live from the scene, the audience was split approximately 60/40, with that slim majority carrying professionally printed pro-Obamacare signs helpfully provided by the DNC group Organizing for America.

Jenkins reminded viewers that the previous evening, Dean had appeared on MSNBC and declared:

The Republican Party is just determined to undermine President Obama, and unfortunately, you have to undermine the country in order to undermine the President and I think that’s too bad.

So Jenkins confronted Dean before the town hall last night and asked him if he cared to clarify his accusation that Republicans were “undermining the country.”

Dean’s response (again, caught on tape):

I didn’t say that. I did not say that.

Here’s the video showing both exchanges. Judge for yourself:

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