Conservatives react in one of two ways to the Dean meltdown. Some react high-mindedly — they express relief that “the oldest political party” has regained its sanity, that the democratic process worked, that the election will be between two adults, etc. Others react more naturally, i.e., with deep partisan disappointment. Charles Krauthammer places himself squarely in the latter camp, albeit with tongue perhaps slightly in cheek.
Put me in that camp too, and without the tongue in cheek. It’s not just that Dean would make a particularly weak candidate in the general election. It’s also that I expect I would prefer a Dean presidency to a Kerry presidency (tough call, though; think Jimmy Carter vs. Ted Kennedy). Certainly, I would prefer Dean to Clark. So unless Edwards gets the nomination, Dean’s demise strikes me as bad news all around.
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