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.

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  1. John Lemon says:

    My most lasting memory of Gebheart (Streisand spelling) dates back to the 1970s. He was apparently upset by Detroit’s inability to compete with foreign automakers and he took a sledgehammer (or other blunt instrument) to a Toyota. Does anybody else remember this?

  2. dick tuck says:

    Gephardt has been very consistent in advancing his constituents’ interests, especially Annhauser-Busch.