Howard Dean is still confused about his big flame-out, having just posted this to his blog:
Today my candidacy may come to an end–but our campaign for change is not over.
“May” come to an end? Howard, your campaign came to end weeks ago in New Hampshire. The people have spoken, it’s over, face the music and move on.
Apparently, Dean can’t stand the prospect of going back to private life and will try and put together some sort of an organization that will make him a permanent nag of all Democratic Party candidates, kinda like Nader only not as destructive at the polls. It’s hard to say what Dean’s organizational or policy contribution really is, however. It’s not like the Internet candidacy was his idea or even that good an idea in the long run, and on the policy front he’s just a standard issue DLC guy with a little post-Vietnam pacifism thrown in for flavor.
Maybe he’s going to train future candidates on public speaking (rimshot).
UPDATE: New York Times blogger Matt Bai thinks Dean has a legacy.