I’m a native Midwesterner who took a job transfer to Vermont in 1985; I lived there until 1997 when I sold my house in Colchester, Vermont, and moved back to America. I’d like to comment on “A Bad Case of the Deanies.”
I am not in the least surprised by any of the comments made by the “Deanies” in the article. They all run true to form in every way. As is typical of Vermont, these people grossly overestimate everything to do with that state. One “Deanie” refers to Dean’s five terms as governor. Yes, five two-year terms as governor of a tiny state with virtually no industry, no large cities, no significant infrastructure. There are counties — counties! — with ten or fifteen times the population of the whole state of Vermont. For that matter there are cities with many times that many people. Governorship of such a state is akin to being President … of the neighborhood beautification society.
The Deanies — and Dean himself — grossly overestimate the effect Dean’s candidacy had on the rest of the candidates and the election. With Dean out of the running, the other Dem candidates will quickly return to the issues they feel important — they no longer have to argue with Dean over his issues and charges.p>Vermont has long struck me as “the hood ornament that thinks it’s pulling the car around” and the Deanies make it clear that they too are similarly afflicted. With people of such starry-eyed misapprehension powering his campaign, it is no surprise that Dean’s candidacy died like the power output of a windmill in a calm. br> — Russell Spreeman br> La Porte, Indiana /p>
LOVE EOW! You guys are my heroes. This is what I want to see …
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online