For any Dems worried about whether or not Dean would be able to overcome a serious and predictable negative campaign and excite Red State Democrats (myself included on both the worry and the being a Red State Dem); please note that the Chairman's event in Lawrence, KS was sold out in less than 3 hours.
From the Lawrence Journal-World:
A total of 895 tickets for his Friday appearance at a public rally for the Democratic Party at Liberty Hall were sold in about 2 1/2 hours Sunday.
When the tickets went on sale at noon, an estimated 100 people were standing in a line that stretched from the front door of Liberty Hall, 642 Mass., around the corner and east on Seventh Street to The Raven Bookstore.
Very exciting for me. I have been reading the national press on Dean, ABC's The Note, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the LA Times (who can thank Phoblog for my readership of their fine rag), etc. But when I saw this KS article it helped me get to that happy place; that place where Dean is the chairman of Democrats, and Democrats are proud to say so.
The national debate on Dean will never end. What's key to me here is that the Lawrence, Kansas debate on Dean appears to be over, at least for the Dems. And they like him.