The race for chairman of the Democratic National Committee has been compared to many things: a high-stakes poker tournament, the first primary of the 2008 elections, a glorified campaign for student body president.
But our favorite comparison comes from a friend who described the race as a latter-day version of The Breakfast Club. You know, the John Hughes flick about the five high school kids who get stuck in detention together one Saturday morning and spend the day torturing each other (until, of course, they discover that they all really have a lot in common).
Here is the cast for the re-make:
Howard Dean – Judd Nelson (The Rebel)
Donnie Fowler Jr. – Emilio Estevez (The Jock)
Simon Rosenberg – Anthony Michael Hall (The Brain)
Tim Roemer – Molly Ringwald (The Prom Queen)
David Leland – Ally Sheedy (The Basket Case, who showed up for detention because she didn’t have anything better to do…)
Martin Frost –The Principal (Our friend actually neglected to assign Mr. Frost, who just dropped out of the race, a role in the film, so we took the liberty of doing it ourselves. But we think it works pretty well and can almost hear Mr. Frost telling Mr. Dean, “Don’t mess with the bull, young man. You’ll get the horns.”)
Having spent the last few days shadowing these guys at the Roosevelt Hotel, we think that this scenario makes good and solid sense. But we just have one question for our friend: Does this mean that Tim Roemer will give Howard Dean his earring? We’re on the edge of our seats.