The Dean Trainwreck steams into New Hampshire:
Asked how he would beat primary rivals with more experience on foreign policy, Dean said he would keep reminding Democrats that he was the only major candidate who opposed the Iraq war, despite polls showing the vast majority of the American public supporting the invasion at the time.
"The bottom line is, what kind of foreign policy experience do you want in Washington, in the White House?" he said. "Do you want the kind of foreign policy experience that was willing to vote for the Iraq war, or not?"
And how will he convince swing voters who weren't so opposed to the war to fire President Bush?
"By going after him on terrorism, where he's really weak," Dean replied. [my emphasis]
The bottom line is, Dean will not win both the primary and the general election without a major political feint. (Heck, he may not even win the primaries.)
Bait #1: You're either for me or for having gone to war in Iraq.
Switch: The real issue is terrorism.
Bait #2: Bush is weak on fighting against terrorism, I'm not. ("I'll teach you something about homeland security.")