The merits of Dean’s tax-repeal proposal reconsidered

Via Altercation, I notice that Jonathan Cohn at “even the liberal” New Republic has taken a serious look at Dean’s tax proposal, one that goes beyond handicapping the tactics:

Maybe advocating total repeal of the tax cuts really is political suicide. But, whatever Dean decides to do, there’s another question that commentators rarely ask: In policy terms, is preserving part of the Bush tax cuts a good idea? Dean has said no, that, in the end, “middle-class people [would] get a better deal from President Dean.” And he’s almost certainly right.