Even though I disagree with almost every position that Howard Dean has ever taken, I used to have more respect for him than most politicians because he seemed to be consistent. For example, he is one of the few Democrats who opposed the invasion of Iraq before it began, rather than supporting it and later whining that "Bush lied" (If he did, then what are we to make of the officials during the Clinton administration who spoke about the danger that Saddam Hussein was acquiring weapons of mass destruction?). He seem to be one of the few politicians who knew what he stood for and didn't have a wet finger in the wind. I have respect for a person who stand up for his principles, even if they aren't the ones I would stand up for. I guess I was wrong about Howard Dean having principles.