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Jewish World Review Nov. 25, 2003 / 30 Mar-Cheshvan, 5764

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In rare show of unity, dems vow to defeat Dean

Clark: Replace Howard With NATO troops | Abandoning their quarrelsome, fractious ways, the leading Democratic presidential candidates made a joint appearance in Iowa today in which they unequivocally resolved to defeat former Vermont Governor Howard Dean in 2004.

"Now is the time to put our differences behind us," Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-MO) told the Davenport audience. "Now is the time to remember why we're all in this race: to defeat Howard Dean!"

Mr. Dean, who was onstage at the time, appeared to turn beet-red with anger as the other candidates voiced their determination to defeat him.

But before he could seize the microphone from Mr. Gephardt, Senator John Kerry (D-Mass) interjected, "Temper, temper, Howard!"

Mr. Dean's reputation for hotheadedness is the subject of a new campaign ad, paid for by all of the other Democratic contenders, in which the former Vermont Governor turns into the comic-book character The Incredible Hulk, angrily hurling an Army tank through the air.

The advertisement, currently broadcast in Iowa and New Hampshire, claims that when he was Governor Mr. Dean "brought Vermont to the brink of a deadly nuclear confrontation with Maine."

Some observers were surprised to see former General Wesley Clark at the anti-Dean event, since General Clark had changed his position on Mr. Dean no fewer than twelve times.

But in a statement released by his campaign today, General Clark advocated gradually replacing Howard Dean with NATO troops.

In other campaign news, one week after Sen. Kerry's motorcycle stunt on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," a new poll shows him gaining support among voters who describe themselves as "dorks."

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JWR Contributor Andy Borowitz, a former president of the Harvard Lampoon, is a regular humor columnist for, The New Yorker, The New York Times and TV Guide. Recognized by Esquire magazine as one of the most powerful producers in television, he was the creator and producer of the hit TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and producer of the Oscar-nominated film Pleasantville. He is the author of the just released "Who Moved My Soap? The CEO's Guide to Surviving in Prison and "Trillionaire Next Door: The Greedy Investor's Guide to Day Trading" , "Rationalizations to Live By". Comments by clicking here. Visit his website by clicking here.



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