A GOOD WORD FOR DEAN, A GIANT SLAM FOR GEPHARDT
Matthew Yglesias observes,
I should note that for all the not-so-nice things being said here and there (including in this space) about Howard Dean, the idea that some non-trivial number of people think Dick Gephardt ought to be the next president is simply astounding.
Personality-wise, Gephardt is more “normal” than Dean and thus he comes across as more moderate. Plus, there’s a natural desire to come up with a plausible alternative to Dean. As Matt’s commenters note, though, Gephardt has been unprincipled on a host of important issues and just flat-out wrong on the issues where he’s been consistent.