Saturday, January 24, 2004

Not so Fast:Think Howard Dean might be down if not out after the screamfest last Monday? Maybe, maybe not. David Greenberg writes in Sunday's Los Angles Times that Dean's gaffe may not be the end of the Dean machine. He reminds readers of Richard Nixon's snarling press conference after his loss in the 1962 governor's race in California. He remarked famously that "you won't have Nixon to kick around anymore." It sounded like the death knell of a political career. Of course, we know that Nixon came back six years later and became President in 1968.

Dean's pep rally or tirade was ill-chosen, but I think that there is still something to this guy. It would be sad if his screech ended a promising campaign.

With that said, I don't think Dean is forever done. He has engergized the Dems and even if he doesn't win the nomination, he will have made his mark. The media maybe quick to bury this campaign as much as they were to build it up prior to Iowa, but as Monday night shows we have to let the voters decide. But if Dean becomes an also-ran, I bet good money that he will run for Senate or something. He's started a movement that I don't think will quietly go away.


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