Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Dean is Clearly Still Not Ready for Primetime

It's not often I agree with Susan Estrich but once in awhile she gets it right.

In the long run, the critical question for Democrats may turn out to be not what Party
Chairman Howard Dean is doing, but what he isn't doing.

The answer to the first question is easy. What he's doing is what he has become know for: shooting from the lip. This is, after all, the man who went from front-runner to also-ran in a matter of weeks, on the strength of a series of mistakes that convinced the most liberal Democratic voters in America that the guy was not ready for primetime. The much-remembered "Dean scream" came after he lost, not before -- he was already dead, politically speaking, by then.

So it should come as no surprise to experienced Dean watchers to hear him say that most Republicans have never earned an honest living. This is what it means not to be ready for primetime. You make the sort of statements that are sure to get attention because they hit flashpoints like class warfare. It's a Republican talk show host's dream.

She's obviously concerned about what "The Screamer" is doing to the prospects of her party and rightly so. Read the entire article, it's worth the time.

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