Dean's Right Flank?
Conservatives for Howard Dean?
Well, nobody's endorsing quite yet. But some high-profile commentators on the right say they would like to see the Vermont Democrat take on President Bush -- although for reasons that are sometimes suspect.
Weekly Standard Editor William Kristol says he wants Dean to win the primaries "so we will have a choice, not an echo." Kristol says, "In polls, a majority of the Democratic Party is anti-Iraq war, anti-Bush Doctrine and anti-Bush's overall conception of the war on terror."
Andrew Sullivan, a New Republic senior editor, writes on his Web site that Dean is "an unpleasant person -- prickly, angry, self-important, know-it-all" and continues: "So why do I find myself rooting for Dean to win the nomination? . . . I think his hatred of Bush will shine through and give a voice to millions of people who feel the same way."
National Review's Jonah Goldberg says in his syndicated column that "I've largely decided that I want Dean to get the nomination." Why? "I think he'd lose badly (unless the economy and Iraq tank)."