THE NEW NEW CONVENTIONAL WISDOM….Headlines (and subheads) from last night’s New Hampshire debate:
The conventional wisdom sure can change with spine crunching speed, can’t it? All it took was one over-the-top speech from Howard Dean, amplified by every talk show host and late night comic in the country, and suddenly the entire field has decided that attacks are out and cool professionalism is in. I hope they haven’t learned that lesson too well, though.
(And for the record, when I finally viewed the video of Dean’s Iowa speech, it didn’t really seem all that bad to me in context. I can see where all the jokes are coming from, but really, it’s pretty obvious that Dean is just trying to yell above a raucous crowd and is actually in a pretty jovial mood.)