Not what we all expected in Iowa, was it? My favorable impression of Howard Dean has come as much from his vaunted organization as from his passion, but if this is the best they can do, then he's gonna be a Tsongas-like footnote real soon. I don't think he's dead by any stretch, and in fact if his team learns from its mistakes (such as having inexperienced precinct captains in place, as described here and here, though things sound better here), then I think he'll be the stronger for it. If not, well, it was fun while it lasted, and I for one will give him a ton of credit for his innovations and his spark. Agree with him or not, we needed that. I don't agree with what Tucker Carlson says in that second Kos link, but it's the funniest line I've heard from the campaign so far:
"Rooting for Dean is fun, it's exciting, but in a way that adultery and drunk driving are fun and exciting - the next day, you're like, `What was I thinking?'," said Carlson.
Finally, I'm glad that John Edwards did so well. I liked him way back before I'd heard of Howard Dean, and I was always a bit sorry that he seemed to disappear without making an impression on this race. I'm happy that, for this one night, at least, that I was premature in that judgment. We'll see if he can keep it up.Posted by Charles Kuffner on January 20, 2004 to The making of the President | TrackBack