Good news: Howard Dean not ruling out a presidential run

posted at 12:31 pm on June 21, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

An idea for which I offer this cheer: “Push ‘em left, push ‘em left. Waaaaaay left!”

Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor who electrified anti-war liberals during the 2004 presidential race, said Thursday he would consider another run for the White House – a statement that will surely be met with mixed reaction in the Democratic Party.

Dean, whose underdog presidential campaign officially launched 10 years ago this weekend, said he has “mixed feelings” about running for office again but added he would consider another bid for the Democratic presidential nomination if he doesn’t think the other candidates are adequately addressing progressive issues that are dear to his heart.

“I am not driven by my own ambition,” Dean told CNN in an interview at the Netroots Nation conference, an annual gathering of left-leaning political activists. “What I am driven by is pushing the country in a direction that it desperately needs to be pushed; pushing other politicians who aren’t quite as frank as I am who need to be more candid with the American people about what needs to happen. I am not trying to hedge, it’s a hard job running. It’s really tough. I am doing a lot of things I really enjoy. But you should never say never in this business.”

Dean has always been popular with activist liberals in no small part because of his fightin’-Dem posture and frankness in communicating liberal ideas that are outside the mainstream of the American electorate. Both can be off-putting to voters, but would no doubt necessitate Hilary Clinton’s aggressive pandering to liberal activists, which didn’t work so well last time (and this time she won’t have Rush Limbaugh GOTVing for her!). Get on it, Howie! On the other hand, Dean’s enthusiasm sometimes translates into taking chances on strategies other establishment types won’t touch, and they’ve been known to work— please see his young tech team, which later birthed Obama’s online juggernaut, and the 50-state strategy, ridiculed at first but now touted as a model by some.

I do appreciate his insistence that Hillary not “get a pass.” She shouldn’t and it’d be unfortunate if she did while our side is having another food fight.

Taylor Marsh, whose site famously became a confab for Hillary supporters in the 2008 primary, concurs with Dean, and points out a subject on which neither Dean nor Hillary will be pleasing the base:

Activists likely won’t be happy with either Howard Dean or Hillary Clinton where the NSA and PRISM are concerned. Here was Howard Dean’s statement at Netroots Nation:

“I am not horrified by the program,” he said. “What I am horrified by is that we didn’t know about it and that the Congress took a pass on it. All these congressmen scurrying about of the limelight pretending they didn’t hear anything about it. They had plenty of chances to hear about it.”

Clinton would likely agree wholeheartedly on the transparency, but I doubt any establishment Democrat would walk away from these programs. Dean advising Obama to speak to the public about the spying is understandable, but he’d have to be a lot more coherent than he’s been so far.

Let’s say for a second Hillary Clinton doesn’t run, which I think is a very small percentage, believing she will be seduced by the call to give the presidency another shot. If she doesn’t run, I agree with Howard Dean, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand should explore her options. There will be others, too, men, of course, but I’m more interested in the possible female candidates.

Hillary Clinton won’t be given a walk to the nomination, if she jumps in. She deserves to be scrutinized and there’s no doubt she will be.

This took place at Netroots Nation, a place where lots and lots of white people gather to discuss liberal policy and how the conservative movement is too white.


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YEEEEAAARRRGGGHHH!!!

Marcola on June 21, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Can we look forward to Al Gore too?

He can self fund his campaign.

workingclass artist on June 21, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Deanomaniacal Remix…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNhb24iIEyQ

workingclass artist on June 21, 2013 at 12:35 PM

I have an idea: Lets have every Dem who ran since 2000 run in 2016. /popcorn.

nobar on June 21, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Whatever. Anybody and everybody (with a “-D” suffix) who can mount a decently half-assed decent challenge to Hillary’s Turn™ is worth the lulzy lulz.

Jeddite on June 21, 2013 at 12:35 PM

RUN! HOWARD! RUN!

Pork-Chop on June 21, 2013 at 12:37 PM

I love a good lunatic.

How about Alan Grayson as a running mate Howard? Please

jake-the-goose on June 21, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Jimmy Carter is still eligible.

rbj on June 21, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Why not? He and Santorum can make for great comedy in 2016.

RedRedRice on June 21, 2013 at 12:39 PM

He was crazy, youthful and vigorous before which was part of his appeal. Now he’s crazy, old and gaunt. Sickly looking. It won’t fly very far.

Marcus on June 21, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Can we look forward to Al Gore too?

He can self fund his campaign.

workingclass artist on June 21, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Debates on Al Jazeera

blammm on June 21, 2013 at 12:41 PM

He was crazy, youthful and vigorous before which was part of his appeal. Now he’s crazy, old and gaunt. Sickly looking. It won’t fly very far.

Marcus on June 21, 2013 at 12:40 PM

If he runs, his campaign theme song could be Still Crazy After All These Years.

Liam on June 21, 2013 at 12:41 PM

The good news is… everyone is to the right of Obama.

faraway on June 21, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Dr. Yeargh!

22044 on June 21, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Let the entertainment commence!!!

Don’t miss this.

Schadenfreude on June 21, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Can we look forward to Al Gore too?

He can self fund his campaign.

workingclass artist on June 21, 2013 at 12:32 PM

I have an idea: Lets have every Dem who ran since 2000 run in 2016. /popcorn.

nobar on June 21, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Jimmy Carter is still eligible.

rbj on June 21, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Liberals do love recycling.

Bitter Clinger on June 21, 2013 at 12:48 PM

OMG, not this tool again…Obama will look almost sane by comparison….watch out for Weine’s candidacy in 4 years :)…if the dems let the crazy loose, who’s gonna stop them to run for preezydency…

jimver on June 21, 2013 at 12:51 PM

SHARPTON

Chuck Schick on June 21, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Believe it or not, he has a better chance at the nomination than Hillary Clinton. He’s been pretty much forgotten since 2004, after all.

Steve Eggleston on June 21, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Next to throw his hat in the ring: zombie William Jennings Bryan.

HTL on June 21, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Intellectual Powerhouse Howard Dean.

tom daschle concerned on June 21, 2013 at 12:55 PM

I love a good lunatic.

How about Alan Grayson as a running mate Howard? Please

jake-the-goose on June 21, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Kieth Olberman for campaign spox.

workingclass artist on June 21, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Can we look forward to Al Gore too?

He can self fund his campaign.

workingclass artist on June 21, 2013 at 12:32 PM

I have an idea: Lets have every Dem who ran since 2000 run in 2016. /popcorn.

nobar on June 21, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Jimmy Carter is still eligible.

rbj on June 21, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Liberals do love recycling.

Bitter Clinger on June 21, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Occupy!

workingclass artist on June 21, 2013 at 12:56 PM

I know this is off-thread but it really is too funny. Apparently our genius in chief, in the same visit to NI where he attacked denominational schools, repeatedly referred to George Osborne, Britain’s finance minister, as Jeffrey Osborne, a well known R&B singer from the 1980′s, during the G8 summit.
http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/barack-obama-s-big-oops-moment-at-g8-summit-382166

breffnian on June 21, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Let the entertainment commence!!!

Don’t miss this.

Schadenfreude on June 21, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Easter Egg Hunts are complicated…

workingclass artist on June 21, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Dean is the new Nader. I shall wear a pirate eye patch in his honor. /s

YYYYAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGG!

madmonkphotog on June 21, 2013 at 12:58 PM

How about Alan Grayson as a running mate Howard? Please

jake-the-goose on June 21, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Kieth Olberman for campaign spox.

workingclass artist on June 21, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Look, all of these people are more serious than Obama.

What’s more outrageuos than him. Foreign raised (or born), forged papers, communist/marxist, ‘god d#mn america’, can’t give a speech without notes, etc.

10 years ago we have been banned for saying that Obama could have been elected, it’s so far fetched.

faraway on June 21, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Funny how the same tin foil teas making fun of Dean are also the same ones who think Cruz has a shot. Lol.

HotAirLib on June 21, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Can we look forward to Al Gore too?

He can self fund his campaign.

workingclass artist on June 21, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Debates on Al Jazeera

blammm on June 21, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Live from our 57th State…Quatar…

workingclass artist on June 21, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Funny how the same tin foil teas making fun of Dean are also the same ones who think Cruz has a shot. Lol.

HotAirLib on June 21, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Dean,Killary,Weiner,Billyzip,Manbearpig and Preezy snuffsnoopy are all yours…

Embrace the Embarrassment…Resistance is Futile.

workingclass artist on June 21, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Funny this….

HotAirLib on June 21, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Why does a neutral IRS commissioner need a political adviser?

Schadenfreude on June 21, 2013 at 1:07 PM

workingclass artist on June 21, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Save your fingers. The self-abusing abuser is trying to hijack the thread again.

Liam on June 21, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Chelsea/Malia — 2016

…if you can figure out what Chelsea meant, please logic it out…’cause it’s really confusing.

Schadenfreude on June 21, 2013 at 1:08 PM

A Dean versus Cruz debate is truly something to savour.

Schadenfreude on June 21, 2013 at 1:10 PM

I’m ignoring the dullard.

22044 on June 21, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Another one that needs to locked up in the looney bin. Where is the new blood in the Democrat Party?

SC.Charlie on June 21, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Live from our 57th State…Quatar…

workingclass artist on June 21, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Great line

jake-the-goose on June 21, 2013 at 1:11 PM

tin foil teas

HotLips on June 21, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Appearing on the 700 Club on television, Dean incorrectly said, “The Democratic Party platform from 2004 says marriage is between a man and a woman.”

He’s all yours, Low-IQ.

F+

Del Dolemonte on June 21, 2013 at 1:12 PM

The following was in the article, notice that Hambey says the presidential race was in 2004. Duh, it was in 2002. I guess his proof reader is an unpaid intern.

Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor who electrified anti-war liberals during the 2004 presidential race, said Thursday he would consider another run for the White House – a statement that will surely be met with mixed reaction in the Democratic Party. – Peter Hambey

SC.Charlie on June 21, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Just more road kill for Shrillary.

BallisticBob on June 21, 2013 at 1:22 PM

SC.Charlie on June 21, 2013 at 1:18 PM

The presidential race was in 2004…

wargamer6 on June 21, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Oh please, oh please, oh please, oh please, oh please let him run! I promise I’ll be a very good boy from now until 2016 if he does!

alchemist19 on June 21, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Gore/Dean 2016 — Taking out your business, everyday, everyway.

Robert_Paulson on June 21, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Leftits in full glory

Schadenfreude on June 21, 2013 at 1:32 PM

The presidential race was in 2004… wargamer6 on June 21, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Oops, I was thinking about 1992. I am still stuck in the 20th Century. To me his run for the presidency seems that long ago. Thanks for the correction.

SC.Charlie on June 21, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Schadenfreude on June 21, 2013 at 1:32 PM

He’s a tool.

BallisticBob on June 21, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Gore/Dean 2016 — Taking out your business, everyday, everyway.

Robert_Paulson on June 21, 2013 at 1:29 PM

HE PLAYED ON OUR FEARS!! YEEEEEEAAAAAAAARGGGGGGHHHH!!

Holy Jesus.

BigWyo on June 21, 2013 at 2:11 PM

My tail is wagging. This story brings out my Inner Dogbert. Run Howie run, and make the Dem Establishment hippie-punch you off the ticket like they did in ’04.

Sekhmet on June 21, 2013 at 2:14 PM

The Democrats have to have some real losers in the race to make Hillary look good….

albill on June 21, 2013 at 2:18 PM

The Democrats have to have some real losers in the race to make Hillary look good….

albill on June 21, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Hillary — the lesser of six evils?

Liam on June 21, 2013 at 2:21 PM

YEEEEAAARRRGGGHHH!!!

Marcola on June 21, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Beat me to it. :)

logicman_1998 on June 21, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Another old white guy? After the most brilliantest and blackest president in history, do we really expect the democratic party base to go back to old white people? Especially a fat, ugly and old white woman, or an old white nutcase?

slickwillie2001 on June 21, 2013 at 2:35 PM

The presidential race was in 2004…

wargamer6 on June 21, 2013 at 1:25 PM

I believe history will say that 2004 would have been Hillary’s best shot.

slickwillie2001 on June 21, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Okay, something is missing here. I haven’t read anything from ALT in a few days, whats up with that?

DDay on June 21, 2013 at 2:39 PM

And yes Dean you are the perfect choice for 2016, please run.

DDay on June 21, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Good news: Howard Dean not ruling out a presidential run

Although “Good news” is usually sarcastic in Hot Air posts, this IS good news! Yowie Kazowie Howie would pull far-left voters away from Hillary, who would have trouble attracting the “national-security center” after bungling Benghazi. Give him a Vermont Teddy Bear and some Green Mountain Coffee for a big caffeine fix, and unleash the YEEEEAAARRRGGGHHH!!!

A little different “triangulation” then that pulled off by that “other” Clinton in 1992, this could be more like the Ralph Nader triangulation of Al Gorezeera in 2000…

Bring. It. On!!!

Steve Z on June 21, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Biden/Dean — that’s the ticket.

The Rogue Tomato on June 21, 2013 at 2:45 PM

“I am not driven by my own ambition,” Dean told CNN in an interview at the Netroots Nation conference, an annual gathering of left-leaning political activists. “What I am driven by is pushing the country in a direction that it desperately needs to be pushed; pushing other politicians who aren’t quite as frank as I am who need to be more candid with the American people about what needs to happen.

Of course, he didn’t specify exactly what direction that is. But considering who we’re talking about, and where he said it;

at the Netroots Nation conference, an annual gathering of left-leaning political activists.

I don’t think it takes an Einstein to figure out that he’s not talking about anything Ronald Reagan would have had in in his platform.

Oh, PS, Howie; EEEEEEYYYYYAAAAAARRRRGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

/just needed to be said- again.

clear ether

eon

eon on June 21, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Howard Dean. Because America needs another nail in its coffin.

morganfrost on June 21, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Biden/Dean — that’s the ticket.

The Rogue Tomato on June 21, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Here’s my pick…..Shrillary/ Tony Villar.

BallisticBob on June 21, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Speaking of recycling, I hope Allahpundit kept all those Howie photoshops.

Quisp on June 21, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Could he really be any worse than Hillary?

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 21, 2013 at 5:04 PM

The self-abusing abuser is trying to hijack the thread again.

Liam on June 21, 2013 at 1:08 PM

One of these days, his mommy’s going to come down to the basement and catch him doing that.

She’ll probably make him start getting his own Hot Pockets.

Solaratov on June 21, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Howard is the perfect transgender candidate. A few more “screams” and (s)he will be completely undescended. Hillary said it was time for a woman in the W.H.

trl on June 22, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Howard has no chance because he’s an obvious left wing lunatic, unlike Obama whose lunacy is well covered over.

Hillary has a chance because she’s an obvious grifter and everyone has come to expect that in a Democrat leader.

virgo on June 22, 2013 at 3:43 PM