I think I hear Ramesh Ponnuru talking in this National Review editoral. He recently arguned in the Corner that a Dean nomination would be very bad for many reasons. Here are NR Editors on Democrats & Iowa Caucuses:
With four respectable, experienced Washington politicians to choose from, it always seemed odd that the Democrats would rush into the arms of the untested and wild Howard Dean and his similarly irresponsible competitor Wes Clark, who is basically Dean with medals. Both Kerry and the other Iowa winner, John Edwards, represent a Democratic party that is wrong about a lot of things, but has not fully surrendered to the vitriol and fatuousness of its Dean/moveon.org wing. Good for Iowa.
Read the whole thing. It’s quite well written, as you’d expect.