From the December 22, 2003 issue: The Iowa showdown.Dec 22, 2003, Vol. 9, No. 15 • By DAVID TELL
South Central Iowa, December 7
THE CAMPAIGN CALENDAR is against you. Already the camera crews and stage-prop crowds are beginning to take over, and the rope lines are going up, and soon enough it'll become pretty much physically impossible to form a personal impression of the Democratic party's likely nominee for president next year. None of the men who still have a realistic hope for that prize will any longer be within reach of even the most determined civilian--certainly not where more-than-momentary, relatively unscripted, and intimate conversational encounters are concerned.
From the December 22, 2003 issue: Al Gore's endorsement signaled an pivotal moment for the Democratic party. Who can stop Dean now?Dec 22, 2003, Vol. 9, No. 15 • By FRED BARNES
AL GORE'S ENDORSEMENT of Howard Dean was anything but polite. A more diplomatic politician would have praised Dean's major rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination--Dick Gephardt, Joe Lieberman, John Kerry, John Edwards, Wesley Clark--as esteemed colleagues and said they were all capable of being president (including one selected by Gore himself as his 2000 running mate). Instead the former vice president dismissed the whole bunch as "great candidates."
Will the Iowa senator make a difference in Iowa?Dec 22, 2003, Vol. 9, No. 15 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
WHEN AL GORE endorsed Howard Dean for president last Tuesday, first in New York City and again in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Tom Harkin, Iowa's four-term Democratic senator, was working in his office in Washington. He must have felt a little left out.
By giving voice to nutty conspiracy theory, Howard Dean is bringing the political fringe one step closer to the center.11:00 PM, Dec 10, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
THE WORLD is full of interesting theories.
There's the theory that FDR was warned of the attack on Pearl Harbor, but allowed it to happen in order to enrage America and bring us fully into World War II.
There's the theory that LBJ had JFK knocked off on the orders of Texas oilmen.
There's the Raelians' theory that ancient space travelers planted people on Earth; and there are the very interesting theories contained in "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" along with the theory that the Bilderberger Group is secretly running the world.
From the December 9, 2003 Washington Post: It could happen. Here's how.10:00 AM, Dec 9, 2003 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
GOING INTO THE FINAL DAY of the college football regular season, Oklahoma was undefeated and ranked Number 1. The Sooners had the best defense in the nation, had outscored their opponents by an average of 35 points and had a 9-game winning streak against ranked teams. "OU: Among best ever?" USA Today asked (rhetorically) on Friday. Kansas State, by contrast, had three losses, and had never won a Big 12 championship. Oklahoma was favored by two touchdowns. Kansas State, of course, won, 35-7.
Howard Dean cogitates on the merits of American justice versus international justice in the war on terror.3:20 PM, Dec 2, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
HOWARD DEAN wants Osama bin Laden to get 30 years to life. No hanging by the neck until dead. No firing squad. Not even a lethal injection for being the mastermind behind the deaths of more than 3,000 Americans.
That's the upshot of Dean's exchange with Chris Matthews last night, an exchange ignored--and in one case glossed over--by a Dean-friendly press.
MATTHEWS: Who should try Osama bin Laden if we catch him? We or the World Court?
DEAN: I don't think it makes a lot of difference. I'm happy . . .
From the November 17, 2003 issue: The Democratic candidates make fools of themselves.Nov 17, 2003, Vol. 9, No. 10 • By MATT LABASH
From the November 17, 2003 issue: Tall tales and righteous indignation on the campaign trail.Nov 17, 2003, Vol. 9, No. 10 • By DAVID TELL
EARLY ONE EVENING this past March I found myself struggling for balance in the den of a well-appointed, upper-middle-class home in suburban Bedford, New Hampshire, a half-dozen miles or so southwest of Manchester. I was worried about teetering over because not ten feet away from me Howard Dean had just walked in the door from his car outside, and most of the roughly 100 local Democrats who'd come by the house to get a look at him were also in the den, now jostling--very politely, of course--for position.
Howard Dean won't touch the $87 billion question; he's convinced "It's the tax cuts, stupid."11:00 AM, Oct 15, 2003 • By TERRY EASTLAND
DURING A LUNCH LAST WEEK with reporters and editors of the New York Times, Howard Dean was asked how he would vote, were he a member of Congress, on the proposal to spend $87 billion to cover troop deployment and reconstruction costs in Iraq. Dean, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, refused by saying, "I'm not running for Congress; I'm running for president."
By that logic, Dean needn't answer any question on which a member of Congress might vote. But does the candidate really believe his logic?
From the October 13, 2003 issue: The Dean campaign's rendezvous with reality.Oct 13, 2003, Vol. 9, No. 05 • By DAVID TELL
NOT UNTIL SOMETHING like the first of August did conventional Washington opinion finally wake up to the possibility that this mad-as-hell, antiwar Howard Dean fellow might just have a realistic shot at the Democratic presidential nomination. But after that it was off to the races. In no time flat, and based on the very same evidence that had awakened them in the first place, the conventional opinion people started upgrading Dean's candidacy from the realistic to the highly promising and beyond, as if he'd all but sewn things up.
From the September 15, 2003 issue: Why he could be Bush's more dangerous opponent.Sep 15, 2003, Vol. 9, No. 01 • By STEPHEN MOORE
SEVERAL YEARS AGO an obscure Democratic governor from the politically inconsequential state of Vermont was the guest speaker at a Cato Institute lunch. His name was Howard Dean. He had been awarded one of the highest grades among all Democrats (and a better grade than at least half of the Republicans) in the annual Cato Fiscal Report Card on the Governors. We were curious about his views because we had heard that he harbored political ambitions beyond the governorship.
Dean charmed nearly everyone in the boardroom.
From the September 1 / September 8, 2003 issue: Everything's up for grabs.Sep 1, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 48 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
THE 2004 presidential election will be the biggest in at least a generation. Perhaps more. The choice between Bush and Dean/Kerry/Hillary (to list Democrats in the order of their chance to become the nominee) will be the starkest since Reagan-Mondale in 1984. More will be at stake in terms of the direction of the country than in any election since 1980, or perhaps since 1964. After the last decade's noticeably smaller elections, in terms both of starkness of choice and magnitude of consequence, 2004 will be the real thing.
Let's start with foreign policy.
From the August 4 / August 11, 2003 issue: Why Howard Dean is leading the Democratic pack.Aug 4, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 45 • By CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL
BY EARLY SPRING, journalists and political activists had begun to notice that former Vermont governor Howard Dean had a knack for firing up crowds. He was little known and badly financed, but his issues were unfudged and easy to understand: budget-balancing, civil unions for gays, a middle-of-the-road states-rights position on guns, and implacable opposition to the war in Iraq. Tying them all together was a hostility to George W. Bush that bordered on loathing.
Howard Dean is a top-tier candidate for the Democratic nomination. So it's time the press started treating him like one--by taking his "straight talk" seriously.12:00 AM, Jun 24, 2003 • By FRED BARNES
HOWARD DEAN has fashioned a reputation as the straightforward Democratic candidate for president. And the media has bought the idea. Joe Klein writes in this week's Time that Dean, the former Vermont governor, has already "won the Straight Talk primary." He did this chiefly by loudly and unequivocally opposing the war in Iraq while some of his Democratic rivals waffled.
But the press is wrong about Dean. He appears to be no more straightforward or candid than most national politicians and less so than some.
Calling for "regime change" in America is only one of the Democratic candidate's problems.Apr 21, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 31 • By NOEMIE EMERY
IT'S NOT OFTEN that you see an American commit hari-kari in public, but that's what John Kerry appears to have done. In one thrill-packed day--April 2--in New Hampshire, he managed to (1) blame George W. Bush for the train wreck in the U.N.