If Howard Dean Were the Candidate ...

Flip-flops wouldn't be the issue; Iraq would. A look at what might have been

POLITICAL PUNDITRY IS HARDER THAN IT LOOKS. THAT'S what a lot of Democratic voters must be thinking right about now. Last winter Democratic-primary voters played political consultant. They tried to step inside the minds of swing voters and figure out which Democratic presidential candidate could beat George W. Bush. With an eye cast coldly on November, they rejected the man who had first won their hearts, Howard Dean, and flocked to the more "electable" choice, John Kerry. Among New Hampshire voters who said beating Bush was their biggest concern, Kerry beat Dean by a whopping 52 points.

Democratic voters should stick...

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