I do indeed believe that the media love affair with Howard Dean is over:
Democratic presidential contender Howard Dean has demanded release of secret deliberations of Vice President Dick Cheney’s energy task force. But as Vermont governor, Dean had an energy task force that met in secret and angered state lawmakers.
Dean’s group held one public hearing and after-the-fact volunteered the names of industry executives and liberal advocates it consulted in private, but the Vermont governor refused to open the task force’s closed-door deliberations.
In 1999, Dean offered the same argument the Bush administration uses today for keeping deliberations of a policy task force secret.
“The governor needs to receive advice from time to time in closed session. As every person in government knows, sometimes you get more open discussion when it’s not public,” Dean was quoted as saying.
Dean’s own dispute over the secrecy of a Vermont task force that devised a policy for restructuring the state’s near-bankrupt electric utilities has escaped national attention, even though he has attacked a similar arrangement used by President Bush.*snip*