Sunday, December 28, 2003

Who Howard Dean Reminds Me Of

No, not Barry Goldwater, but William Jennings Bryan!* The same outsider rhetoric, the same angry intensity, the same talent for demagoguery, the same harebrained economic reasoning, even the same willingness to entertain lunatic conspiracy theories - the analogy is a near-perfect one. Here's one more respect in which I am convinced the analogy will hold; like Bryan, Howard Dean will go down to defeat, but continue to haunt his party for years afterwards.

*This may be an unoriginal comparison in the eyes of some, but it certainly came as a revelation to me; I've certainly never seen or heard anyone make the comparison before I did, so I am not indebted to anyone else for the insight.