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Howard Dean's foot in mouth disease

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board and Ray Carter Modified: June 14, 2013 at 2:38 pm •  Published: May 24, 2013

When Howard Dean sought the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination, a National Review cover famously declared, “Please nominate this man.”

Dean showed why Republicans wanted him to be the face of the Democratic Party when, in a recent TV appearance, he proclaimed, “Benghazi is a laughable joke.” When a Republican National Committee spokesman pointed out that the death of four Americans didn’t seem funny, Dean responded, “Oh, stop it.”

As we now know, the Obama administration insisted on claiming the Benghazi attack was a protest of a YouTube video, not a terrorist attack, long after the administration knew better. Whether that was politically motivated incompetence or something worse remains to be seen, but this should be beyond debate: The murder of Americans serving overseas is no laughing matter.

Dean’s comments show how out of touch he remains, and why Republicans may soon demand: “Please make this man Obama’s press spokesman.”


by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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by Ray Carter
Editorial Writer
Ray Carter joined The Oklahoman in May 2012 after serving as Media Director for the Oklahoma House of Representatives for over seven years. A native of Oklahoma, Carter has worked in the newspaper and public relations businesses since 1998.
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