You know what? I’ve changed my mind. Since Howard Dean’s out-there Iowa concession speech (see below) took place, I have seen the tape replayed time and time again. And the more I see it, the more it becomes apparent to me that the Vermont doc is having fun — what looks like a fit of rabies is good old-fashioned passion. And damn it, I had fun and got riled up watching it over and over and over again. I can not support Dean on principle — those who don’t support equality for all under law will not get my vote — but wow, it’s great to see a pol who really, truly cares about what he or she is doing and about his or her supporters. I believe Dean cares.
Letterman and Kilborn may laugh at Dean. Sexist pig and snob Maureen Dowd may pass judgment on the former governor’s rare-for-politics marriage of equals (we love Dr. Judith Steinberg — just as she is; please don’t let those idiots change her into a Stepford Dem wife!). And no, I can’t in good conscience support the candidacy of Dr. Steinberg’s spouse.
But I must say I do like Howard Dean — perhaps more now than ever. Provided he doesn’t convince his spouse to become a clone of Teresa Heinz Effin’ Kerry.