Howard Dean’s Yeaargh Speech
written 2/6/2004 submitted 8/27/4 – unfinished, but I wanted to get the thought out…
It’s a shame when the act of showing real emotion disqualifies a candidate from becoming president. We say it’s ‘un-presidential’. We as a society want a candidate who is in touch with us (Clinton’s ‘I feel your pain’ and W. Bush’s ‘compassionate conservatism’). But the emoto-feely trait must be contained. It must be approved & normal. We just cannot handle a man showing real gusto for the campaign trail, or real enthusiasm for his message.
I think we all know that neither Clinton nor W. Bush really gives a rip about us as individuals; they are mostly interested in becoming president. So when we hear their messages, we just check off a box labeled ‘appears to be in touch with the common man’. It’s just another policy position the candidate has to take: I have a foreign policy, a domestic policy and a common man policy.
I can imagine that the reporters covering the Iowa rally knew immediately that Dean was out of the race. In America, no one can get too emotionally attached to his politics and survive at the highest level.
Now I understand that we cannot have that kind of behavior in Middle East peace negotiations (“We’re going to Jerusalem, and Hebron, and Jericho. Yeargh”). But can’t we give credit to a man that he will learn, in those months from November to January, how to stop being a candidate and start being president? And wouldn’t we be better off with a president who showed he was capable of caring that much about anything? It’s not like he was cheering for a sports team. He was cheering for his people. Those who had invested so much emotion in him.
Copyright 2004 by Chris Jamison This page last updated 8/27/2004 at 4:30 PM