Peter Beinart wonders if the Democrats should have just gone with Howard Dean. Certainly Dean couldn’t be accused of being a flip-flopper and his position on Iraq has remained unchanged since the beginning. Dean would have also fired up the Democratic base in a way that Kerry has not. Of course, Dean was also a loose cannon with a predilection for shooting his mouth off at inopportune times.
Still, all in all it’s hard to imagine Dean doing much worse than Kerry is. Right now most polls show Kerry at anywhere from 42-45%, which is about as low as he can sink at this point. At the very least Dean would have provided “a choice, not an echo” for the Democrats. Instead they went with the cold political calculus of “electability” – a decision that has been proven to be fatefully wrong as the Kerry campaign continues to sputter and embarrass itself at every turn.