Even the Bushies think it’ll be Dean
Bush Advisors Think Dean Will Get Nomination. President Bush’s political advisers “are now all but certain that” Howard Dean “will be the Democratic presidential nominee,” and “they are planning a campaign that takes account of what they see as Dean’s strengths and weaknesses,” the New York Times reports.
While I support Dean for strategic reasons, I find it a bit unsettling the Democratic primary campaign appears over before any Democrat has voted. However recent polls, taken before Gore’s endorsement of Dean, show Dean well ahead and increasing his lead. Also, Gore’s early endorsement of Dean, who was clearly not the first choice of those who run the Democratic Party, is also instructive.