Hey, I have said before that it makes no difference to me whether a presidential candidate has served or not. As we get further and further from the era of conscription, our Presidents are going to be less and less likely to have served, it seems.
But it's funny that the Dems use names like AWOL Bush, when they had previously elected a draft dodger and are about to nominate a guy whose back was hurting so much that he couldn't serve, yet proceeded to go skiing for a year afterwards and hiking and is on record asessentially admitting that he was trying to get out of serving...even his MOTHER says "this looks bad." (Yeah, yeah, CANDIDATE Dean is all about "The US government didn't want me to serve, end of story" but his quotes from years back are much more inflammatory)
Not that this matters in the scheme of things and it's only a huge issue because people have been hysterical about things like this on both sides, but I wonder if the Dems, in light of this fact, will stop referring to W as AWOL Bush. Probably not.
John Kerry is such a gutless weathervane as a candidate. It's no wonder he can't even out-poll Dean in his own state.
I will say this for Dean, Angry, irrational anti-Bush rhetoric and Iraq aside, he's not as bad as he seems. I don't even think he'd be stupid enough to 100% pull out of Iraq if he got elected, but that remains to be seen.
Anyways - he's a lot better than the other Dems. Not saying I am going to vote for him or even that I think he can win - just that he's the best of the bunch, by FAR. He wants to raise taxes and spend, spend spend...but Bush spends like a big government guy, too. I am not really down with all of his liberal idealogies, but they ALL have them, so what's the difference there?
My point is that for all that I don't like about him, he's head and shoulders above the rest of the pack. They are desparate and it shows. He'll make a huge move towards the center aftre he sews it nomination up. This may piss off his core supporters who are essentially supporting him cause they are irrationaly hateful towards Bush, but Dean is bright and ambitious enough to realize that he'll have to become moderate to have any chance of winning. Besides, even if his core guys are pissed at him, he KNOWS they won't vote for Bush.
It's the same with Bush's guys - he is a spender and big government guy...but they KNOW that conservatives have no other option. Elections are fun, huh?