The Temptation Of Howard Dean

The Democrats staged the first of six presidential primary debates in Albuquerque, N.M., last week, and it wasn't exactly gladiatorial. No blood was spilled, no memorable lines unsheathed. The candidates were not eloquent, funny, clever or incisive. No one was embarrassed--except, perhaps, those who attempted to speak Spanish (the event was sponsored by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus). But the debate may prove to be a turning point, nonetheless. It illuminated a critical decision

the Democrats now face--between principled opposition to the Bush Administration and populist demagoguery on the two main issues of this election, the war and the economy. This is...

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