Before you let out a blood-curdling scream, I should note that I'm quoting Hamby's analysis — not Dean's own words. In fact, nowhere in the piece does Dean himself sound at all like he's about to throw his hat in the ring.
"I am not driven by my own ambition... What I am driven by is pushing the country in a direction that it desperately needs to be pushed; pushing other politicians who aren't quite as frank as I am who need to be more candid with the American people about what needs to happen. I am not trying to hedge, it's a hard job running. It's really tough. I am doing a lot of things I really enjoy. But you should never say never in this business."
Never say never?
That's not quite, "would consider another run for the White House." It's more like, "So long as I don't rule it out, I'll keep getting booked on MSNBC."
"If you had to put a gun to my head and make me decide right now, I wouldn't," said Dean, who became chairman of the Democratic National Committee after failing to win his party's nomination in 2004. "But who knows?"