Karl Rove must be jumping for joy. Apart from the Sharptonkucinichmoseleybraun also-rans, Dean is the best opponent the Republicans could possibly hope for. Can anyone imagine such an intemperate lefty winning a single “red” state? If President Bush merely carries the same states he did last time around, he has 278 electoral votes and a second term. Against Dean he could phone it in.
It gets better than this, even. Word has reached me here that Ralph Nader is going to run again. Not that I think he’s going to pull all htat mcuh away from the leader, but the fact remains that the left is finding itself increasingly fractionalized and marginalized. Bush CAN phone this one in, and still make an impressive showing at the polls.