Just read this article,Reason: A Functional Party No More: Whither the Democrats? What a brilliant dissection of how it all looks to me.

Dean was the candidate I wished for. He may not have been "electable" but he could more clearly have articulated the views and values that I stand for.

Notice, especially, Cavanaugh's reference to this Boston Globe article suggesting that this may be the election that energizes a floundering Democratic party int he US. We'll see.