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Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Democracy Day Uptick?

Posted By on Tue, Mar 6, 2007 at 4:46 PM

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Good news on the democracy front, eh?

More bad news for George "WMD" Bush.

Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff Scooter Libby was found guilty today by a federal jury in Washington, DC on four counts of obstruction of justice, perjury and lying to the FBI in its investigation into a leak that blew the cover of a CIA agent, apparently because her husband was a critic of the Bush Administration's deceitful and dishonest war policy towards Iraq.

Hip, hip, hooray!

Here in sunny, but frigid Burlington, Vermont it's Town Meeting Day and the polls are open in the city's seven wards. Ours is at Burlington Electric, Ward Five in the South End.

That's Democratic City Councilor Joan Shannon out front. Perhaps the only candidate with her own snowman?

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Inside, a Ch. 5 crew was blowing through but the joint was almost empty. According to Inspector of Electrions Rob Backus (at left with fellow inspector Marcia Mason),  only 453 ballots had been cast by 2 p.m. and 69 of those were absentee ballots including ones from Howard and Judy Dean.

"Howard always votes," said Backus. That's "Howard" the current chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Normally, Ward Five is good for 1100-1200 votes cast. Might not break 1000 this year. Low temps and not much in the way of a hot item on the ballot this year, eh?

Stop the presses! There's Ho-Ho with Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room" on CNN!

Turns out Howard (pictured below campaigning in the early 1990s), could have voted in person at the Ward Five polls. Dr. Dean's on live via satellite with Wolfie from WCAX-TV in South Burlington. The fake bookcase shade is behind him.

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The Scooter Libby conviction, says Dean "is just the tip of the iceberg."

Are  you suggesting either the president or the vice president has committed a crime, asks Wolf?

"We have no way of knowing," replies Dean.

"What we do know is that the vice president's chief of staff has just been convicted of obstruction of justice and lying," said Dean. "And we know that that happened in conjunction with trying to suppress people who were criticizing the war, people who were in a position to know something about the war.

"And we do know that the president of the United States gave false information to the American people in the State of the Union addresses and in many other places. And we do know that, in fact, the 9/11 Commission disputed some of the president's statements, such as the idea that Iraq and Saddam Hussein were somehow linked to al Qaeda."

The former Vermont Guv, who ruled the Green Mountains as a "moderate" Democrat, assured Wolf and the CNN audience "There's more to come. Stay tuned."

Will do, Ho-Ho.

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Peter Freyne, 1949-2009, wrote the weekly political column "Inside Track," which originated in the Vanguard Press in the mid 1980s; he brought it to Seven Days in 1995. He retired it shortly before his death in January, 2009. We all miss him.

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