Letter from America: Politics and a Gay Bishop Set America Talking .

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Letter from America: Politics and a Gay Bishop Set America Talking .


Byline: Marsha Clarke

AS usual, so much is going on here it's difficult to know where to start. So I'll take politics first or what is now known as the Dean factor.

Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor, is a Democrat who says he can beat George Walker Bush in 2004.

This has everyone worried. A lot of Democrats think he is too reactionary.

Dean says he'd have voted against the Iraq war resolution if he'd been in the Senate.

Remember, even Hillary voted for the war with Iraq.

So what to do with Howard Dean? People are beginning to wonder how he can be stopped.

He is way ahead of the other contenders, John Kerry and Dick Gephardt. Who will stand between him and the Democratic convention?

Dean's limp foreign policy is not the way into the White House in 2004.

Bill Clinton was weak too in some areas but he got in by using gallons of his southern old boy charm.

But Dean hasn't been to charm school, nor does he have southern connections.

So who can stop him? Former First Lady Hillary is the one many believe can send this man packing.

It's giving the Republicans a quiet fit.

Even my "friend" Dick Morris, one time adviser to Bill Clinton, and who reports for Fox News, actually predicted she'll run this year if the Bush approval rating continues to go down.

Make no mistake, like Tony in London, George is in trouble.

It still amazes some of us why people here still think Tony walks on water.

When he spoke before Congress recently, we were impressed.

My friends in Northern Ireland tell me a different story. They can't stand him.

So it looks as though there are three names in this new game here - Dean, Hillary and George Bush.

One thing makes the Dean supporters very unhappy. They wince when they hear their man compared to George Bush.

Yet there are many, many similarities.

They both come from very powerful families, and were raised Republican (as was Hillary).

Bush and Dean come from what they call here Old Money. It's not nice to ask how old.

Bush and Dean both went to Yale, and neither of them touch a drop of booze.

Dean stopped drinking after his bachelor party and George Bush quit drinking before his 40th birthday party.

Wouldn't you like to talk to people who were around them in their drinking days?

Both men speak Spanish.

They had the foresight years ago to know that the Latin vote was going to be very big in this country.

We have half the population of Cuba living down in Florida and Texas.

Recently when I was in Long Island, the help in the hotel only spoke Spanish. …

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