I was under the impression that Martin Sheen is a socialist or something, but I guess he's just a Democrat. Sheen, apparently seeing a mirror image of his TV president character, has endorsed Howard Dean for president:
- Actor Martin Sheen, who portrays President Josiah Bartlet on NBC's "The West Wing," endorsed Democrat Howard Dean last week when Vermont's former chief executive dropped by the set - on location, by the way, in Washington.
Sheen thinks Dean is "the best possible hope for the Democrats because he's not afraid to lose," said Glennis Liberty, the actor's publicist.
Dean's staff happily pointed out that the fictional Bartlet, like Dean, is a former governor of a New England state and a Democrat. Both also are married to physicians.
"People are familiar with the show: a New England governor whose wife is a doctor. That is our story line," said Susan Allen, Dean's campaign press secretary. [AP]
Not familiar with Howard Dean?
- I have serious concerns about the increasingly unilateralist approach to foreign policy we have seen from the current Administration, particularly in the President's posture toward Iraq. Any President must be prepared to use force in defense of our nation's interests. Had I been in Congress, however, I would have voted against the resolution providing the President sweeping authority to wage war against Iraq, because I do not believe the President has made the case that war is justified. I am also concerned about the President's foreign policy priorities. The war on terror - against an enemy that has killed over three thousand innocents on our soil - is far from over, yet we are shifting our focus from the known threat of Al Qaeda to the less certain threat of Saddam Hussein.
I don't believe we are lessening our concern with al Qaeda, I think we have simply enlarged our concern to include Saddam.