Set the wayback machine to 2002
Here's an interesting flash from the past: a MetaFilter discussion thread from Aug. 27th, 2002 about some unknown governor from Vermont named Howard Dean. Selected comments:
"I'm betting he'll get to the primary but be a non-factor."
"Dean can very well be the Democrats' Alan Keyes in 2004 ..."
"The DLC/New Left (progressive centrism) is the future of the Democratic party. Deal with it."
"I don't know enough about him yet to say he should be President, but seeing Dean gave me hope that I might find a candidate I could feel good about voting for."
"I'd love to see a Dean candidacy thrive. Unfortunately, I doubt it'll happen."
Look how far we have come. And still so far to go.