by Chris Bowers, Mon Jul 12, 2004 at 12:25:59 PM EDT
Dean: At some point after November I'll figure out what went wrong with the count. That kind of stuff is worth doing. There's a million reasons (I lost): Edwards got endorsed by the Des Moines Register; Kerry ran a terrific campaign in the last three weeks, I mean there are million things. Every campaign makes huge mistakes, every one of them. And the losers have to chose which mistake did them in and the winners get absolved of all of them. And so, you know, what is to be gained by all this? There's nothing to be gained by "kiss and tell" articles blaming people inside the campaign, which is why I don't get into that because everybody has made mistakes in every campaign, so what's the point in singling people out?
And there's nothing to be gained by going back and saying, "Well, if I had only done this, and if I had only done that" because, you, you know, "There by for the grace of God go I". A lot of it's momentum. And you know we don't have a lot of control about that. I mean, we could go through and have 10 theories about why John Kerry won and why we lost, and one of those theories would be right but we don't know which one and we're never going to know.
Me: But you must have some regrets.
Dean: The one thing I really regret for the sake of the country, not for the campaign, is not asking Judy (Dean's wife, Dr. Judith Steinberg) to come out earlier. Because after she came out we got tons of mail from women, saying, "Oh, my God, I didn't have any realization that a normal person could actually do this, you're a great inspiration to us." And that I thought was great. And she was, of course, much better at it than I ever imagined her to be and she liked it, to much to my astonishment. She's never going to give up her medical practice to do this, unless I win some day.
Me: You don't rule out running for president again.
Dean: Certainly not. I hope I won't have to think about that until 2012. And I'm not going to think about it at all until November. I want Kerry to win in the worst way.I also hope we won't have to think about it until 2012 (or well, 2010), but it remains interesting to see that Dean would at least consider another run. Frankly, however, if Dean was unable to overcome Edwards in 2004, I fail to see how he could have a chance of overcoming him after Johnny Sunshine has been a two-term Vice-President. In the future, if progressives want "one of our own" to be the nominee, it will probably be necessary to employ the strategy used by Barack Obama in the Illinois Democratic Senate primary. Using an alliance of the netroots, new labor, African-Americans, progressive whites and a little luck (the Blair Hull scandal was huge) he won a majority of the vote in a hotly contested six-way primary. It may take someone like Obama, or even Obama himself, to repeat that feat in 2012.