Campaign '04: The Fire This Time

Why populism may be the last resort of desperate Democrats

"The biggest issue in this election is jobs and economic security," Howard Dean said in Urbandale, Iowa, a few days after Christmas. "Iraq is an important issue, but it's not as important as jobs." This seemed to be the sort of thing Dean practically never does--a descent into standard party cant. Democrats are almost always depressed about the economy and rarely obsessed by foreign policy. It was doubly odd because Iraq has been Dean's signature issue. He would probably be an asterisk today if he hadn't stepped out from the pack and opposed the war. And the election of 2004 is...

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