The Rolling Stone interview with Howard Dean was released yesterday. In it, Dean claims that “This president is not interested in being a good president. He’s interested in some complicated psychological situation that he has with his father.”
Help me out here. Has any major candidate for the presidency ever launched this sort of attack on an incumbent president? Specifically, is there any precedent for a candidate (a) claiming that a president does not want to do a good job or (b) engaging in psycho-babble about the president’s relationship with this father? I’m not aware of any.
One reason for a candidate not to engage in these practices is, of course, the risk of “turnabout.” For example, Hugh Hewitt has asked his radio audience for theories that would explain the roots of Dean’s rage. “Did he get turned down by Phillips Andover? Did the Skull & Bones not tap him? Was there insufficient snow on the slopes during his ski-bum phase? Was it a bike-path issue? Given his Park Avenue-prep school-Yale upbringing, where exactly did the rage come from?” Good questions, all.
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