Assholes do vex me!
I've said before that now is not the time to engage in What-Iffing about a Dean candidacy. There will be plenty of time for that after Nov. 2nd if the worse should happen. But some are just not willing to wait until the verdict is passed before they comment on what might have been. Such is this essay by Peter Beinart in this weeks TIME.
I won't get into the content of the essay because, like I said, I've got better things to do. But I will note that Peter Beinart is the editor of the New Republic and the New Republic was vehemently anti-Dean during the primary season. It is the height of hypocrisy for him to come out now and wistfully muse on the benefit to the Democrats of a Dean vs. Bush race
Amazingly enough, Mr. Beinart begins his essay by criticizing the political punditry skills of the voters!
Political punditry is harder than it looks. That's what a lot of Democratic voters must be thinking right about now. Last winter Democratic-primary voters played political consultant. They tried to step inside the minds of swing voters and figure out which Democratic presidential candidate could beat George W. Bush. With an eye cast coldly on November, they rejected the man who had first won their hearts, Howard Dean, and flocked to the more "electable" choice, John Kerry. Among New Hampshire voters who said beating Bush was their biggest concern, Kerry beat Dean by a whopping 52 points.
Democratic voters should stick to their day jobs.
And maybe you should try some real work for once Mr. Beinart!