Howard Dean on DeLay, Bin Laden

Howard Dean, Dec 19, 2003 on Osama bin Laden:

“I’ve resisted pronouncing a sentence before guilt is found,” Dean said. “I still have this old-fashioned notion that even with people like Osama, who is very likely to be found guilty, we should do our best not to, in positions of executive power, not to prejudge jury trials. So I’m sure that is the correct sentiment of most Americans, but I do think if you’re running for president, or if you are president, it’s best to say that the full range of penalties should be available. But it’s not so great to prejudge the judicial system.”

Howard Dean, May 15, 2005, on Tom DeLay:

Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Party, said yesterday that the US House majority leader, Tom DeLay, ”ought to go back to Houston where he can serve his jail sentence,” referring to allegations of unethical conduct against the Republican leader.

Dean’s remark, in a speech to Massachusetts Democrats at their party convention, drew an immediate rebuke from US Representative Barney Frank, the Newton Democrat and one of DeLay’s harshest critics. ”That’s just wrong,” Frank said in an interview on the convention floor. ”I think Howard Dean was out of line talking about DeLay. The man has not been indicted. I don’t like him, I disagree with some of what he does, but I don’t think you, in a political speech, talk about a man as a criminal or his jail sentence.”

I see. So the leader of the Democratic Party would set Osama bin Laden free, but throw Tom DeLay in jail, even though Tom’s never been indicted, not charged with any crime, not guilty of anything.

I’m pretty sure I’m going to vote against anything Howard recommends in 2006 and 2008. I think it’s interesting that the person chastising Howard Dean is US Representative Barney Frank, the only homosexual socialist in the US Congress. Howard Dean is to the left of even Barney Frank.

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