John Kerry just held an event at a daycare center to promote his early-childhood agenda. For half an hour so he listened to employees of the center and parents talk about daycare and it seemed certain that someone would shed tears. But, for whatever reason, eyes remained dry. The news from the event is that Kerry appears ready to embark in earnest on a campaign to portray Howard Dean as a phony. This is probably the best angle of attack against Dean. Asked by reporters about the Gore endorsement, Kerry noted that Gore made a big deal of dean’s judgment on the war yesterday. Kerry said, “The great missing story” of the campaign so far “is the truth about Howard Dean’s judgment.” Kerry declared, “I don’t know which judgment al gore was endorsing yesterday.” He recounted that Dean supported a war resolution just like all the other major democrats and that Dean was talking about Saddam Hussein having weapons of mass destruction as late as February. “Howard Dean,” Kerry said, “exercised the exact same judgment as the rest of us exercised.” According to Kerry, if Gore thinks he is endorsing an anti-war purist, “then he’s endorsing the wrong Howard Dean…I’m saying there are several Howard Deans.” So the question, according to Kerry, is “which judgment, which Howard Dean?” Kerry maintains of Dean’s shifting Iraq position, “the American people don’t know that, the people of New Hampshire don’t know that.” Kerry, it seems, is now going to try to make sure that they do.