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wTuesday, February 17, 2004

CLEAN FOR DEAN: Would have posted this yesterday but I got the stepmother of all headaches (not exactly a hangover but the drinking didn't help, I'm sure) that didn't quit until well into the editorial meeting today. The food and the painkillers kicked in at the same time, so I uh, volunteered to stand up and write stuff on the whiteboard. Hey, it beat passing out.

So the piece, featured on the CT website yesterday is a review essay of Dominic Sandbrook's Eugene McCarthy: The Rise and Fall of Postwar American Liberalism. The opening is very obvious, but it was fun to write:

Stop me if you've heard this one: Fed up with the complacency of the Democratic Party, a respected but quite liberal old hand seeks the presidential nod. His surprising frankness and his palpable disgust with the current administration, which is prosecuting a controversial war, attracts an enormous crowd of young, idealistic, enthusiastic, and—let's face it—angry supporters. The media excitement, the policy missteps of the incumbent president, and the overall mood of the country all indicate that he's got a real shot at the Oval Office. Then, a gorgeous preppie senator from the Northeast steps in and mops up, leading to. …

And there the analogy between Howard Dean and Eugene McCarthy—and between John Kerry and Robert Kennedy—breaks down, because a certain Palestinian activist cut short RFK's bid for the presidency. Instead, voters had to choose from Tricky Dick, last-ditch segregationist George Wallace, and McCarthy's longtime-ally-cum-bitter-enemy, fellow Minnesotan Hubert Humphrey [more]

posted by Jeremy at 8:44 PM