Nearly everyone seems to be buying in to the idea that Howard Dean hurt his presidential candidacy by showing actual, unvarnished emotion in his Iowa concession speech. A candidate who shows some sign of life? Some sign of personality? Some sign of actually giving a damn? Where do we get more like him?

I’m not on the Howard Dean bandwagon, nor do I expect to find myself there on Election Day. However, I’d rather vote for people with personality, with some spark of life, then for people who don’t give me any reason to suspect they have the same.

I’d rather vote for someone who acts like he is, and thinks his own thoughts, than someone who has emotions and thoughts but doesn’t dare let on to the fact in public. Those gray men and women, of which the world has plenty, are the truly dangerous ones.