The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

27 December 2003

Gimme that old-time cynicism

John Rosenberg explains Howard Dean's sudden embrace of Christianity:

Dean doesn't really know any Southerners, and he actually believes the region to be a wasteland of Bible-thumping Jesus freaks. None of his friends will hold him responsible for what he says there. On the other hand, no one he knows, from whom he extrapolates the nature of the America he believes the country to be, goes to church or believes in any serious way in a serious God. They would laugh him right back into second or third place if [he] tried talking to them about Jesus.

And it's not going to work, either — at least in my neck of the woods. The Bible is thumped as loudly in Oklahoma as it is anywhere in the nation, and the folks making this, um, joyful noise aren't about to be taken in by Dr. Dean's "I'm really one of you" pitch; they will consider it to be part of the same scam he ran when he said he wanted to be the candidate of guys with Confederate flags on their pickup trucks.

Still, it will be amusing to watch this play out, just to see what quantity of backpedaling Dean winds up doing; I'm guessing that it will be sufficient to get him forever enshrined as the Anti-Lance Armstrong.

Posted at 9:47 PM to Political Science Fiction


It's hard not to wonder about Dean. He appears to have no true convictions, and only one emotional setting. I sometimes imagine political "scientists" assembling him in a basement lab, complete with a high-speed wireless Conviction Insertion Interface -- heavily encrypted, of course.

If such a candidate can muster 270 electoral votes, it will be a harsh verdict upon American rationality and appreciation of character.

Posted by: Francis W. Porretto at 6:16 AM on 28 December 2003

Has he been eating Canadian-grown dairy beef?

Posted by: McGehee at 9:02 AM on 28 December 2003