Who Loves You, Howie?
I’m not surprised that there’s a grassroots Website urging the selection of physician and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean as the next secretary of health and human services. I’m surprised how I found out: Via a tweet by Republican Internet guru Patrick Ruffini. If Dean had won the 2004 nomination, Ruffini, as webmaster of the Bush-Cheney Website, would have been working directly against him.
Sentiment in favor of a Dean promotion is pretty much universal on the right: Dean is viewed as a bumbler who’d wreck relations between the White House and Congress and doom health care reform. It’s a little curious, considering that in 2005, Republicans mocked Dean’s election as Democratic National Committee chair and proceeded to drop election after election to the Democrats. But it’s true that Democrats don’t think as highly of Dean as a manager of delicate White House-Congress relations, and that he’s not really on the HHS shortlist.