1 February 2005
And whatever became of Hubert?
If you thought Howard Dean was some sort of weird 21st-century non-mainstream Democrat, you might have thought too soon: apparently Dr. Dean, anguished yelp aside, is very much in the Democratic tradition.
Last year Bigwig brought forth this bumper sticker, yoking Dean to George McGovern; I can testify that it got a laugh out of Dawn Eden, which more than justifies my purchase thereof.
Now Cutting to the Chase offers yet another traditional Democratic comparison:
The Association of State Democratic Chairs has endorsed Dr. Dean [for DNC chief] presumably because Adlai Stevenson is dead and therefore ineligible.
Being the sort of person who can appreciate really finely-tuned smugness, I offer you this interchange from Stevenson's 1956 Presidential campaign:
Enthusiastic supporter: "Senator, you have the vote of every thinking person!"
Adlai: "That's not enough, madam, we need a majority!"
I tell you, Stevenson was born to run the DNC just fifty years too soon. Dr. Dean just might work out after all. (Then again, speaking as a lifelong Democrat, I'd have to say that a tub of Shedd's Country Crock would probably be an improvement over that McAuliffe guy.)