We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Larry Elder makes a case to call in the men in white coats, (in Town Hall), as have many others, but Dean isn't crazy. Nor is he a calculating fox, although clearly he hopes that being provocative might help with fund-raising.
The truth is that he is simply miscalculating something. In the Northeast, there are millions who think and feel and speak exactly as he does. I encounter them everywhere in our Blue States, from Nantucket to Maine to Boston to Hanover to Newport to, of course, NYC. Trust me, you Red-Staters out there - his views and words are entirely ordinary, and I doubt he knows what the fuss is about, since he's right in sync with everyone he knows. His miscalculation is that you can't take that kind of self-righteous, sneering, arrogant, nasty, condescending talk and juvenile name-calling nationwide. It doesn't play in Peoria. But it plays just fine up here, I'm sorry to say.