Dean's Secret Fans

Is there a method to Howard Dean's madness?

Catching flak has always been part of a political party chairman's job description. But the fire usually comes from the other party. The nicest thing many Democrats could find to say last week about their chairman, Howard Dean, was that he still had a lot to learn. Practically every nationally known Democrat from House minority leader Nancy Pelosi to 2004 vice-presidential nominee John Edwards seemed to be distancing themselves from Dean and his incendiary comments--asserting that many Republicans "never made an honest living in their lives" and that the G.O.P. is "pretty much a white, Christian party." Says Representative Ellen Tauscher,...

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