... my judgment of Howard Dean as presidential candidate in 2004 seems to have stood up well in 2009. Maybe if he hadn’t grown up on the Upper East Side and in the Hamptons he would have a different viewpoint. I doubt he has ever been at risk of not getting medical care. In 2004 he showed he did not understand what he was saying with his Confederate battle flag comment – simultaneously insulting African-Americans, struggling white Southerners, and fans of car racing – and though he has grown since then and helped broaden the Democratic Party’s focus, he remains naive, isolated perhaps, and right now is doing this country a disservice. The Democrats should be in unity right now, being so close to a great accomplishment, and it is the tea-partiers of the left who are making the split.