George Will is now comparing Dean to Teddy Roosevelt:
[bgcolor]Considering that 34 congressional districts now held by Democrats voted for Bush in 2000, many Democrats fret about a ticket headed by Dean. But by now Democrats may be stuck with him, because nominating him might be the least ruinous option. Not nominating him could give Democrats in 2004 a year akin to 1912 for the Republicans, when a seriously annoyed Republican, Teddy Roosevelt, ran a third-party candidacy and finished second (behind Woodrow Wilson), ahead of the Republican nominee, who was the incumbent president, William Howard Taft.[bgcolor]
He goes on to say that George Wallace in 1968 had many things in common with Dean (a pissed off base, etc.) and managed to get on the ballot in all 50 states in a short time, without the internet. Dean could obviously pull this off.
So the question is- if the Dems trip Dean up in an unfair way and really piss him off- and he runs as a third party against, say, Gephardt, is it possible Dean would get more votes and finish second?
Is it possible he could beat both Bush and the Democrat?