The Dean scream

Never believe anything anyone tells you.

That’s all I can conclude from having (belatedly) actually watched the Howard Dean post- Iowa “scream” speech that so devastated his campaign.

No one will ever confuse me with a Dean supporter; he would have been my fifth choice as the nominee, after Clark, Graham, Edwards, and Kerry.

But watch the damned thing for yourself and tell me if you can see the angry, ranting Dean everyone has been describing and joking about. It’s a pure pep-rally speech: not a form of oratory I especially admire, but not a scandal, either.

Dean doesn’t seem a bit angry: the message is one of passionate conviction that he’s going to win. He’s smiling. He doesn’t have a harsh word for anyone.

I can think of six good reasons why Howard Dean shouldn’t be the Democratic nominee, but this is just silly. What the hell is the issue here?

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact:

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    I am not a Deaniac. I’m an ABB Democrat — anyone (serious) left in the race who can beat Bush is OK with me. I think Dean, like Kerry, Edwards and probably Clark (lack of political experience is a question mark), would make a at least a fin…

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