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Dean Tries to Summon Spirit of the 1960s
Washington Post ^ | December 28, 2003 | Paul Farhi

Posted on 12/28/2003 9:56:20 AM PST by nwrep

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean has a vision of where he'd like to take the nation. It turns out to be the 1960s.

In campaign stop after campaign stop, in overheated high school gyms and smoky union halls, Dean repeatedly offers this misty-eyed homage to that turbulent decade:

"When I was 21 years old," he says, "it was the end of the civil rights era, and America had paid an enormous price. Martin Luther King had been killed. Bobby Kennedy was dead. A lot of other people who are less well-known, including four little girls in a Birmingham church, had died so that we could have equal rights under the law for all Americans.

"But it was also a time of great hope. Medicare had passed. Head Start had passed. The Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, the first African American justice [was appointed to] the United States Supreme Court. We felt like we were all in it together, that we all had responsibility for this country. . . . That [strong schools and communities were] everybody's responsibility. That if one person was left behind, then America wasn't as strong or as good as it could be or as it should be. That's the kind of country that I want back."

It is a stirring piece of rhetoric, and one that inevitably draws cheers and sustained applause for the former Vermont governor as he campaigns through this state, which holds its first-in-the-nation Democratic caucus in three weeks. In this part of the farm belt last week, Dean used it as his closer almost every place he spoke.

His references to the '60s, Dean makes clear in an interview, are something personal. "We felt the possibilities were unlimited then," he said last week. "We were making such enormous progress. It resonates with a lot of people my age. People my age really felt that way."

As history, however, Dean's memories of the era are selective. Rather than the time of great national unity and purpose he describes, the 1960s were a period of great upheaval, and surely rank among the most divisive for America in the 20th century.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2004; clintonalumni; culturewar; dean; electionpresident; howarddean
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1 posted on 12/28/2003 9:56:20 AM PST by nwrep
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To: *Culture_War; *Clinton Alumni; *Election President
PING
2 posted on 12/28/2003 9:58:17 AM PST by nwrep
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To: nwrep
If Dean gets any more weirder....the men in white coats will get him...

Peace ....Love and Free Sex!

3 posted on 12/28/2003 9:59:13 AM PST by Dog
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To: nwrep
This guy represents everthing I loathe about the baby boomers.

This article fails to mention the painfully obvious 'hate Bush and all Republicans' part of the strategy. A level of hatred which has not been created and exploited since post Civil War era. Designed to incite and bump up voter turnout.
4 posted on 12/28/2003 10:00:51 AM PST by At _War_With_Liberals (Illegal Immigration/Amnesty- The administrations' War on Middle Class Republicans)
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To: nwrep
Dean Tries to Summon Spirit of the 1960s......


5 posted on 12/28/2003 10:07:57 AM PST by Polybius
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To: At _War_With_Liberals
Well, I loathe Dean and I am a baby boomer. He is from the group that got all the TV time back in the 60's. People like me got zero. I didn't smoke dope, participate in demonstrations, wear love beads, or go to Woodstock. I was a military wife raising a son, scraping by with enough money for groceries, and horribly homesick.

Howard Dean is a certifiable loon and a dangerous demagogue. His candidacy will propel the country into turmoil, and I do not look forward to it.

6 posted on 12/28/2003 10:08:07 AM PST by Miss Marple
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To: nwrep
What! No love beads!
7 posted on 12/28/2003 10:09:18 AM PST by reg45
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To: nwrep
"...including four little girls in a Birmingham church..."

"The Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, the first African American justice [was appointed to] the United States Supreme Court..."

Any chance there were white people in the audience when Dean said these things?

(Didn't think so.)

8 posted on 12/28/2003 10:16:25 AM PST by rickmichaels
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To: nwrep
"In campaign stop after campaign stop, in overheated high school gyms and smoky union halls, Dean repeatedly offers this misty-eyed homage to that turbulent decade:"

As Pat Paulsen used to say at the end of all of his political speeches (during his Presidential Campaign spoof): "In the decades to come, years will pass."

It took the press months to figure out that Paulsen was not a serious candidate and the tipoff was that he ended every speech with that line. The press finally started listening (for a change) and figured it out based on that line alone.

The rest of the country already knew that Paulsen's campaign was a prank.

As for Dean . . . didn't he die in a car wreck in the 50s?
9 posted on 12/28/2003 10:18:43 AM PST by DustyMoment (Repeal CFR NOW!!)
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To: nwrep
Libs just can't help themselves but to dredge up Woodstock, free love, and civil rights marches, can they?
10 posted on 12/28/2003 10:23:38 AM PST by Viking2002
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To: nwrep

11 posted on 12/28/2003 10:24:12 AM PST by dighton
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To: nwrep
Dean Tries to Summon Spirit of the 1960s

Translation: Dean is living in the past.

12 posted on 12/28/2003 10:25:17 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Drug prohibition laws help fund terrorism.)
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To: nwrep

13 posted on 12/28/2003 10:29:30 AM PST by byteback
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To: nwrep
"Dean Tries to Summon Spirit of the 1960s"

"Incense, peppermint..."
14 posted on 12/28/2003 10:32:45 AM PST by VOA
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To: nwrep
Summon the spirit of the 60s?

Been there. Done that. No thanks, Howie.

15 posted on 12/28/2003 10:33:50 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: nwrep
[It is a stirring piece of rhetoric, and one that inevitably draws cheers and sustained applause for the former Vermont governor as he campaigns through this state...]

And so the Washington Compost would have us believe that 60's radicalism sells in Iowa? Give me a break.

16 posted on 12/28/2003 10:38:57 AM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("...the right of THE PEOPLE to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.")
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To: nwrep
Perhaps Dean should adopt 'Spirit in the Sky' as his campaign song?

The spirit of the 60s is a ghost for good reason.

A lot of people realized what the 60s was all about at Woodstock. People rolling in the mud, not having a place to p!ss, nothing to eat. Those with any sense put the joint down afterwards, went out and got a job.

Spirit of the 60s indeed...

17 posted on 12/28/2003 10:40:23 AM PST by Prodigal Son
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To: nwrep
Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean has a vision of where he'd like to take the nation. It turns out to be the 1960s.

Progressive isn't he?

He would rather be confronting the Vietcong rather than the terrorists. LoL's!

18 posted on 12/28/2003 10:41:58 AM PST by EGPWS
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
PS: So in a time of global war against terrorism, the best that the Dims have to offer is a 60's radical pot-smoking anti-America draft-dodger? Well, come to think of it, this worked once before.
19 posted on 12/28/2003 10:43:41 AM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("...the right of THE PEOPLE to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.")
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To: All
Dean must be trippin.
21 posted on 12/28/2003 10:48:14 AM PST by navygal
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To: nwrep
"We felt the possibilities were unlimited then,"

Well, Jimmy Carter fixed all that in the 70's.

22 posted on 12/28/2003 10:48:36 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Death before dhimmi.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Well, Jimmy Carter fixed all that in the 70's.

I thought we just ran out of the really good dope

23 posted on 12/28/2003 10:50:22 AM PST by woofie
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To: nwrep
I'd say the Spirit of the Sixties is already here.

'Mean for Dean' is a distinct echo of 'Clean for Gene.'


Vice-president Hubert H. Humphrey had been campaigning for delegates in non-primary states and won the nomination at a combative Democratic National Convention taking place in Chicago on August 26-29, 1968. Some three-thousand anti-war demonstrators stood outside the convention hall. Here, McCarthy was beaten by Humphrey. That same day, the delegates to the Democratic convention voted down a Vietnam peace plan by a 1500-1000 vote.(From Woodstock to Watergate, 47)
        The response to the rejected Vietnam peace plan was horrific. The three-thousand anti-war demonstrators, along with an equal amount of police and Illinois National Guardsmen fought a bloody, free-for-all battle that lasted all night. The police and Guardsmen also lead an assault in downtown Chicago on the headquarters of the Democratic National Convention. There were mass arrests and three-hundred injured as the police clubbed the defenseless demonstrators. Later, on Election Day, Hubert Humphrey lost the Presidential election to Richard Nixon.(From Watergate to Woodstock, 60-64) 

24 posted on 12/28/2003 10:51:15 AM PST by gcruse (http://gcruse.typepad.com/)
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To: woofie
Whaaaa?
25 posted on 12/28/2003 10:52:06 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Death before dhimmi.)
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To: Chad Fairbanks
Dirty, smelly ping!
26 posted on 12/28/2003 10:52:47 AM PST by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet (I am in a promising local band.)
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To: nwrep
We were making such enormous progress.

And then the Lefty Boomers took over, and their generation has been dragging America down ever since.

I get so tired of culturally cleaning up after these guys, and I can't wait for a Dean candidacy.

The election will be much closer than anyone here will want to believe, but at least we will finally have a chance to drive a stake into the heart of Woodstock, once and for all.
28 posted on 12/28/2003 10:54:07 AM PST by horse_doc
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Whaaaa?



Its a joke.....
29 posted on 12/28/2003 10:57:27 AM PST by woofie
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To: woofie
Whaaaa? < /stoner voice>

(I was trying to be funny too... Let's not quit our day jobs.) :)

30 posted on 12/28/2003 11:01:06 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Death before dhimmi.)
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To: EGPWS
No, he didn't want to confont the vietcong either.
31 posted on 12/28/2003 11:06:58 AM PST by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (I may have been born, poor white trash, but Fancy is my name.)
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To: nwrep
Adds Kazin, "Every political faith has a golden age. Conservatives like the 1980s, when we won the Cold War and America stood tall again. If you're liberal, you remember the '60s the way Dean is doing now."

Conservatives can celebrate a decade of real accomplishment.

Liberals celebrate a decade of violence, disunity and surrender.

Go, Howie, GO!

32 posted on 12/28/2003 11:11:18 AM PST by okie01 (www.ArmorforCongress.com...because Congress isn't for the morally halt and the mentally lame.)
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To: nwrep
Dean Tries to Summon Spirit of the 1960s

More like the spirit of Nov. Dec. and Jan. of 2000-01 and during which they were deprived of the prize.

33 posted on 12/28/2003 11:13:07 AM PST by Helms
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To: nwrep
older liberals who remember the 1960s in similarly warm and hopeful terms

Translation: all the dips••t hippies who smoked pot, protested the war and rolled around in the mud and excrement at Woodstock in a rabid, hedonist orgy with all their dirty, smelly, long-haired, maggot-infested freak friends.

I am sooooooooooo glad I wasn't born until 1970. I'm just sorry my dear, sweet parents had to live through that crappy nightmare of a decade, the '60s.

34 posted on 12/28/2003 11:17:35 AM PST by TonyRo76 (I think, therefore I FReep.)
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To: Helms

35 posted on 12/28/2003 11:19:21 AM PST by Helms
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To: gcruse
Hey, I remember that!! LOL. ;-)
36 posted on 12/28/2003 11:21:23 AM PST by Scenic Sounds (Sí, estamos libres sonreír otra vez - ahora y siempre.)
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To: TonyRo76
Translation: all the dips••t hippies who smoked pot, protested the war and rolled around in the mud and excrement at Woodstock in a rabid, hedonist orgy with all their dirty, smelly, long-haired, maggot-infested freak friends.

I am sooooooooooo glad I wasn't born until 1970. I'm just sorry my dear, sweet parents had to live through that crappy nightmare of a decade, the '60s.

ROFL!

You didn't miss a thing, Tony!! ;-)

37 posted on 12/28/2003 11:22:33 AM PST by Scenic Sounds (Sí, estamos libres sonreír otra vez - ahora y siempre.)
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To: TonyRo76
Dear Tony,

It was a gas.

Love,

 [The dad of another  33 year-old.]
38 posted on 12/28/2003 11:27:55 AM PST by gcruse (http://gcruse.typepad.com/)
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To: horse_doc
And then the Lefty Boomers took over, and their generation has been dragging America down ever since. I too loathe the boomers. I grew up at the tail end of the privileged ones and it seems I have wade through the knee deep, sometimes shoulder deep, manure left by these jackasses.
39 posted on 12/28/2003 11:29:03 AM PST by mindspy
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To: nwrep
Dean Tries to Summon Spirit of the 1960s

This was the Clintons' schtick. Been there, done that (twice) and it only gets worse. I think we're all over that, Ho'.

40 posted on 12/28/2003 11:30:35 AM PST by the invisib1e hand (do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: mindspy
And then the Lefty Boomers took over, and their generation has been dragging America down ever since.
Revised. I too loathe the boomers. I grew up at the tail end of the privileged ones and it seems my whole life I have to wade through the knee deep, sometimes shoulder deep, manure left by these jackasses.
41 posted on 12/28/2003 11:31:17 AM PST by mindspy
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To: nwrep
bump
42 posted on 12/28/2003 11:31:35 AM PST by foreverfree
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To: Polybius
LOL!
43 posted on 12/28/2003 11:33:46 AM PST by Zechariah11 (so they weighed for my hire thirty pieces of silver Zech 11:12)
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To: Polybius
LOL!
44 posted on 12/28/2003 11:42:00 AM PST by Zechariah11 (so they weighed for my hire thirty pieces of silver Zech 11:12)
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To: nwrep
Dean supporters are not too happy about these stories from the Washington Post. One writer at Blog for America posts:

Just logging on for a second to say that I am sick to death of the Washington Post's constant haranguing of Dr. Dean (whom they refer to as "Mr. Dean."). They misrepresent his positions and put far too much emphasis on small matters -- those which, if they were a quarter as hard on our President would, by their own standards, disqualify him for the office he holds. And James Carville, since you're a pundit I don't have to be quite so polite: Kiss. My. Ass. On Tim Russert last night you denigrated Dr. Dean and then proceeded to list things you want the candidates to say -- EVERY SINGLE ONE of those things was a position of Dr. Deans; in fact, you could have been quoting from his policy papers. Sheesh. I was at a dinner party last night at which the host told me that the Dean campaign is "a children's crusade." In other words, we're all enthusiastic children who have no idea what damage we're doing. I thanked him for his point of view, but I look forward to the next dinner party at which he can eat his words. Fight the good fight, people! We need every bit of energy, every dollar. The tea is in the harbor. Posted by Betsey at December 28, 2003 11:37 AM
45 posted on 12/28/2003 12:13:57 PM PST by Zechariah11 (so they weighed for my hire thirty pieces of silver Zech 11:12)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
(I was trying to be funny too... Let's not quit our day jobs.) :)



Yep...and lets try workin the night shift at WalMart
46 posted on 12/28/2003 12:14:42 PM PST by woofie
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To: woofie
As long as it isn't that one at the corner of 40 and Eubank, what a zoo!
47 posted on 12/28/2003 12:16:04 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Death before dhimmi.)
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To: Miss Marple
Interesting contrast bwteen the Democrat Party of JFK vs that of Clinton(s)-Dean, eh? IMO the complete commandeering of the Democrat Party by the radical left is one of the biggest unreported storeis of the past 10 years. I guess the Leftist media sees nothing wrong there, while they're busy reporting on GW's failures and the nefarious activities of the VRWC.
48 posted on 12/28/2003 12:33:46 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("...the right of THE PEOPLE to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.")
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To: Zechariah11
One writer at Blog for America posts: Just logging on for a second to say that I am sick to death of the Washington Post's constant haranguing of Dr. Dean (whom they refer to as "Mr. Dean.").

We at FreeRepublic, on the other hand, would not be so disrespectful as address him as "Mister". There is always.......


49 posted on 12/28/2003 12:44:26 PM PST by Polybius
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To: Prodigal Son
Spirit of the Sixties, Executive Summary:

Moronic Sixties Pothead: "Bring it all down, man!"

Rational Citizen: "If you do that, what will you replace it with?"

Moronic Sixties Pothead: "Er, Uh...Hey, pass the joint, man."

50 posted on 12/28/2003 12:47:20 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("...the right of THE PEOPLE to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.")
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