Anyhow, looking at the A-list Democrats lining up for 2004, who has the juice to run against Bush the Younger? Not Gephardt, sad as it is that he's obviously wanted the job for as long as I can remember. But he's about as sexy as a kiss from a nun. John Edwards may be handsome, but it's a pretty-boy kind of handsome. You'd never call him "rugged." Kerry? Liberman? A couple of effete Northeasterners, one of them a goy, the other not. Sounds like a sitcom. Lieberman may be hawkish, but I can't imagine either of them striking fear into the hearts of al Qaeda.
I have to admit, based on the theory of sex appeal, Howard Dean is the Dems best bet: the rolled-up-sleeves swagger, the non-focus-grouped gesticulation (including pointing -- remember how Clinton's handlers turned that into a limp, bent-fingered, point-with-the-knuckle gesture?). Wes Clark is still a bit of a cipher here, but his handlers seem to be castrating him, too, as Tim Blair has noted in Clark's cries for help from "Mary."
I'm starting to take Dean more seriously. And despite what they may claim, I don't think the GOP is.