I don’t know that Dean would have done better than Kerry as the Democratic nominee. And thanks to the careful calculations of primary voters in places like Iowa, I never will. But I know this: If Dean had been the candidate, the contrast between him and Bush, especially with respect to Iraq, would have been drawn much more clearly, hastening the day when middle America comes to its senses and realizes what a catastrophe Bush has engineered there.
Hopefully we can still get there, and with Dean as chairman of the DNC I think our chances get better. So does John Nichols, writing in The Nation: Now he has the power.