This Dean supporter is thrilled that Dean is finally out of the Presidential race. There are far more important things for him to do.
This country was sliding into utter madness: starting wars under false pretenses, trading our clean air and clean water for a bump in the next quarter's earnings, squandering our economic resources, incurring unimaginable debt and on and on...absolute insanity. And yet, our so-called leaders were, astoundingly, silent.
This country desperately needed someone to come along and say, actually, to shout "No. This is wrong and I'm not afraid to say so."
I supported Howard Dean because he was willing to be that man. Because he had the courage to be that man. I gave contribution after contribution because if someone was going to have the guts and balls to say what so desperately needed to be said, the least I could do was fund the effort. I never for a minute thought he stood a snowball's chance in hell of winning the nomination. I'm astounded that he got as far as he did. Who could possibly say the things he's said and survive politically? The one who has the courage to stand up to the crowd by definition will never win the election. Hell, they are usually lucky to avoid being burned at the stake.
Dean as a candidate, or god forbid, Dean as an administration official, is Dean in a muzzle. Released from such constraints he has the potential to be the voice this country needs. He's proven that if you give him a pulpit he knows what to do with it. We need to give him a pulpit. And we can create one out of thin air with nothing more than dollars. Nothing talks these days like money.
I'm thrilled by the hope that I might be able to keep this man saying the things that need to be said for the good of my country. I can hardly wait to stroke the first check.