At least that’s how I interpret his recent interview with the New York Observer. He’s one of those famous Democrats that we simply haven’t heard anything from of late. I had chalked this up to Dukakis being a) sort of continually embarrassed by the way his campaign is trotted out so painfully around this time of year, or b) he had sworn off discussing politics much in public.
Perhaps the recent uptick in Obama’s poll numbers, and the decreasing number of Obama-Dukakis comparisons have pumped up his grit, and now he’s ready to speak!
“This is a much better campaign than I ran in 1988, and I’m impressed,” he said.
Specifically, Mr. Dukakis credits Mr. Obama with responding more swiftly and aggressively to attacks from his opponent and with building sophisticated grass-roots operations in numerous states – two areas in which Mr. Dukakis faults his own campaign (and John Kerry’s in 2004, for that matter) for having been deficient.
He then goes on to discuss some issues of race, attacks from the McCain campaign, and Obama’s 50 State Strategy. When it comes to the choice of Sarah Palin as McCain’s running mate:
“I was governor for 12 years, so I picked lots of people, and I liked doing it. I mean, that’s 90 percent of your job – picking good people and building a team and turning them loose. But when it comes to [the vice presidency], the single most important criteria always – I mean it just dwarfs everything else – is: Can this person be a good president if, God forbid, something happens to you? By that criteria, this is a pathetic selection.”
He then defends Dan Quayle. Which is a pretty common theme these days.
Little did we know that the 2008 Presidential Election would be famous not just for the historic candidates, but for resurrecting and ultimately forgiving the political past of Dan Quayle.