Softening up on Howard Dean

The most appealing thing to me about Howard Dean so far is just that he is such an underdog, with the Bush camp hoping he gets nominated because they are certain they will destroy Dean in an election. The Bush folks look at bloggers as aids to their cause. They are sure the blogger-types cannot bring the numbers needed to win an election, and instead will ensure defeat, a la George McGovern in 1972. That, alone, makes Howard Dean appealing to me. It would be a thrill to prove the Bushies wrong on this point.

I’m also encouraged by the claims that he has received an “A” rating from the NRA. I have seen this claim all over the place, from Newsweek, to Dean’s own sites, but I have not been able to confirm it yet. There is no mentioned, that I could find, on the NRA site. I’ve written the NRA, asking about it.

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