I was only ever tangentially involved in the Dean phenomenon, but often I've thought, when Dean has either given a one-on-one interview or a more 'sedate' speech, what might have been.  Had Dean just been a conventional candidate and not the repository of Democrats' anger or the figure-head of an innovation larger than himself, I think he could have done quite well.  He has an extremely likable politics, and an ability to articulate them with a remarkable lack of pretension.  I think his speech tonight fell along these lines, and belied the insipid smear that he's unacceptably 'angry'.  Let's hope he isn't seen completely as a vessel of the Internet revolution, and is allowed to talk more often without so many assumptions. 


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