January 10, 2004
U.S. News & World Report: Is He The One?
Howard Dean appears on the cover of next week's U.S. News & World Report (1/19/04 issue) and is featured in two articles. The first is an excellent article about him by political editor Roger Simon:
In the beginning, Howard Dean intended to be one of those semitiresome aspirants who enter a presidential race in a semiserious attempt to force the media to consider his pet issues. And his pet issues happened to be healthcare and early childhood development.Read the entire article here. The second article is an interview with Dean by Roger Simon who closes with a very important question:
In other words, in the beginning, Howard Dean never intended to be more than a bore.
"There is no doubt in my mind that his motivation to run for president was to raise those two issues to the highest level of debate," Joe Trippi, his campaign manager, says. "Pre-Iraq war, that is all he ever talked about. He's a smart guy, but he was under no illusions that he was going to be the nominee of the party."
Which gave Dean the freedom to fail. He could do whatever he wanted to do and behave in any manner he wanted. Dean was free to be Dean. And, at first, those who didn't know him were shocked. His attacks on George W. Bush were far harsher than conventional politicking dictated. As were his attacks on the "Washington Democrats" who were running against him for the nomination. Dean gave every appearance of being a candidate who didn't care whom he messed with and whom he ticked off. Which he didn't.
Simon: Just in case you do win, do you want to be called Mr. President or Dr. President?Read the interview here.
Dean: (Laughing) The tradition of Mr. is fine with me.
Posted by David Fox on January 10, 2004 at 08:42 PM | Permalink
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