Friday, January 02, 2004

Injustice makes Dean angry-- like a blown little league call

Just quoting a friend here:

"Howard gets angry," said one longtime friend, Thomas R. Hudspeth, a professor at the University of Vermont. "He doesn't suffer people being unfair or duplicitous. In the heat of sports events with his kids, for instance, I can remember him yelling, red-faced, his neck muscles bulging," if, as a spectator, he saw dishonesty among his children's opponents or poor calls by referees. "And there were a couple of reporters who were always really good at getting his goat."

Yeah, he's ready for Rove and friends. He's been trained as a Little League Dad.

Dean downplays concerns about his temper:

"This thing about my supposed temper," Dr. Dean said in the Iowa interview, "that was spun by John Kerry's campaign early on, and by the Bush people as well. And it's not that I don't have one at all. It's just that, well, I don't think I yelled at a staff person in 12 years as governor, not once."

But his campaign staff, well, that's a different matter. Apparently he can't get the same quality of help on a national campaign that he got in Vermont.

His aides say, and Dr. Dean confirms, that each time he has exploded behind closed doors during the presidential race, the cause has been the same: scheduling failures.

"I actually saw him lose his temper once," said a younger brother, Jim Dean. "He blew up at some of the scheduling people. I guess there's a certain point where being nice about it just isn't working."

Yeah, then you gotta knock a few heads. Especially at Little League games.

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