Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

June 15, 2004

by J

Globe Writer: Dean for VP

Joan Vennochi at the Globe argues for Dean for VP. Choice bits:
It's funny that the man who will be the Democratic presidential nominee is searching for charisma in a running mate, because his party could not stand the idea of Howard Dean, a charismatic Democrat, topping the ticket in November.

[...] Four years later, [McCain] the provocative Republican was Kerry's first choice for vice president; a provocative Democrat who brought heart, soul, and an energized base to his party's primaries is on the sidelines.

[...] The old conventional wisdom about a vice presidential candidate concludes that the best pick is the one who can deliver the electoral votes of his or her home state on Election Day. That is what keeps names like retiring Missouri congressman Richard Gephardt and Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack in the mix. Neither excites, and one is virtually unknown beyond the corn belt. Dean's constituency is bigger than a single state. It's a movement synonymous with change and excitement.

But excitement from the left scares the middle. The middle is where Kerry thinks he wants to be in an election that has come to be defined as Bush versus not Bush. It's too bad a party has to lose its heart and soul to put a body in the White House.
I think I've come to realize that the reason I still haven't given money to Kerry is perhaps because I'm waiting for the VP pick. If it's Gephardt, for example, my money definitely goes elsewhere.
Posted by J at June 15, 2004 08:26 AM

"... an election that has come to be defined as Bush versus not Bush."

Bingo. First time I've seen this rather obvious (to me) observation in the media.

How do you rite a check to "not Bush"? I won't write a check to Kerry.

Posted by: Todd at June 15, 2004 10:40 AM

My god man, think of the children... the future...

Write Kerry a %#$%^& check!

Or maybe the DNC?

Posted by: david at June 15, 2004 03:07 PM

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