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Does Dr. Judith Steinberg's name hurt Dr. Howard Dean?(9 posts)

Does Dr. Judith Steinberg's name hurt Dr. Howard Dean?Continental
Jan 13, 2004 2:46 PM
Will the fact that Howard dean's wife did not take his name hurt him with the voters who will actually decide the election? I mean the 20-30% of the voters that won't automatically vote Dem or Rep.

It's sad, but I think it will cost him a significant number of votes. He doesn't have a chance anyway, thank goodness!
Would people be so silly as to change their vote. . .czardonic
Jan 13, 2004 3:21 PM
. . .based on this "issue"?

Being a coastal elitist (and a sour one at that -- possibly a human hater), the rationale that would motivate such behavior is beyond me.
Hey, we agree on something !HouseMoney
Jan 14, 2004 10:31 AM
I don't like that the question was even asked. Is it because of anti-semitic implications, or just because Dean has an "independant" wife who chooses to keep her maiden name (now where have we seen that before?!)?

In either case, it's a non-issue (or should be). The segment of the population who may take that into consideration wouldn't be voting for Dean anyway.
Then we must be on the right track. (nm)czardonic
Jan 14, 2004 10:37 AM
who knew?mohair_chair
Jan 13, 2004 3:44 PM
I'll bet you can't find 10 people who even know his wife's name, since she doesn't seem to ever campaign with him. So I'll say no.

Anyone who wouldn't vote for him based solely on his wife's name should lose their right to vote permanently due to overwhelming ignorance.
That this even comes up is too depressing to think about...Cory
Jan 13, 2004 5:14 PM
The nation's at war, deep in a deficit, barely crawling out of an economic hole, contributing six or seven times our share of world pollution, the marine fisheries are in deep trouble, and people are going to base their votes on a candidate's wife's name? This ought to fill even conservatives with a paralyzing sense of despair.
Traditional valuesContinental
Jan 13, 2004 5:34 PM
If the election were close and if even a fraction of a percent of the swing voters think that this reflects on his lack of traditional values, it becomes an issue.

More likely, it gets rolled into gay marriage, abortion, and godliness by the Christian right, with tacit agreement by the Bush Campaign.

Although I fear the Christian right, abhor the Bush deficit, and am concerned about environmetal issues, the Dems offer no viable alternative, the villification of corporations is troubling and national security trumps these issues, so I'll vote for Bush.
Dean's body piercings would have already turned them off.czardonic
Jan 13, 2004 6:00 PM
    War Is Peace
    Freedom Is Slavery
    Tax Cuts For The Rich Are Tax Cuts For The Poor.


Who could hope to offer a viable alternative to this platform?
Wives matter, but not much. PlusOldEdScott
Jan 14, 2004 7:05 AM
we already have the example of Hillary Rodham Lott jacking her name around in a feminist way, and as soon as the American people have a precedent and survive it (a la a Catholic president, a Jewish vice presidential candidate, admissions of smoking dope) they tend to yawn the next time it comes around.

The greater problem is, if she refuses to campaign (a high probability) Dean loses a proxy of stature to send to secondary markets where he has a certain need to campaign but doesn't have time too at the expense of critical states. It makes his job and the demands on his time more difficult.

More a tactical concern than a strategic one.