February 10, 2005
HOW IS HOWARD DEAN'S VICTORY LIKE A PARADE?:
Deaniacs on Parade: Howard Dean’s triumphant arrival in Washington. (Byron York, 2/10/05, National Review)
For a moment in Washington on Wednesday night, it was 2003 again, and Howard Dean was speaking to a crowd of adoring twenty-somethings — and sounding much as he did when it appeared he would sweep the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary and then the Democratic presidential nomination. Dean, clearly energized by his young supporters, even worked himself up into one of those "and then we're going to Washington D.C. to take back the White House!" rhetorical exercises that gave him so much trouble as his campaign was collapsing. "Piece by piece, bit by bit, vote by vote," he shouted at one point last night, "door by door, state by state, legislative district by legislative district, election by election, we are going to take this country back!"
The crowd loved it. But there was also an unmistakable sense of nostalgia among some of the Deaniacs who came to the Capitol City Brewing Company, a brew pub in a massive old federal building not far from the U.S. Capitol, to see their hero. Yes, they were happy that he is just days away from becoming chairman of the Democratic National Committee. But they remember when it seemed he might be president. One slight, somewhat forlorn young man wore a faded PEOPLE-POWERED HOWARD! SLEEPLESS SUMMER TOUR t-shirt as he watched the former Vermont governor speak.
Other Deaniacs were exultant, sort of, about Dean's impending takeover of the DNC.
"We won!" said one.
"We finally got a victory party!" said another.
It leaves Democrats to try and dodge the elephant droppings as they trudge along. Posted by Orrin Judd at February 10, 2005 2:10 PM