Saturday, February 12, 2005

Howard "The Scream" Dean Chosen to Lead Democratic Party

You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink. Along the lines of that old aphorism, you can tell the Democrats they are committing political suicide , but you can't make them listen...

UPDATE: Professor Bainbridge posts along the same lines, noting that the Dean chairmanship more or less puts Hillary Clinton in the position of being a Democratic centrist, with further unwelcome (to the Democrats) ramifications. Looked at that way, however, it is conceivable that Dean's chairmanship could actually help Hillary with the electorate at large by allowing her to become the "straight woman" to Dean's putative craziness.

We are seeing some potential signs of this already with Clinton's "move" to the center on the abortion issue. Hillary, who already is the darling of the left, could drive her campaign to the center earlier in the primary season, allowing her to stake out ground sacrificed to the Republicans in the last two election cycles.

Just a thought.

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