Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Crosses What Line?

I read yesterday’s NY Times story about Howard Dean’s criticism of Terry McAuliffe. I didn’t think much of it, probably because I agree with him. The sometimes over-the-top shots that Dr. Dean’s been taking from the Liebermann camp, for example, are basically supplying Karl Rove with B-roll footage for next fall, and it’s fomenting ill will between Democrats who will have to pull together pretty soon.

But Josh Marshall, one of my favorite writers, gets worked up over Dr. Dean’s comments in today’s Talking Points Memo. Now I certainly think that Dr. Marshall has far more political insight than me, and he may be more aware of the nuances that take place in the hurly-burly of politics, but I wonder if by saying Dr. Dean “crosses the line,” he’s just piling on, too.