Roy Neel posts something of a non-denial denial with regard to Dean dropping out after Tuesday.
I just talked to Gov. Dean a few minutes ago and can tell you unequivocally, that no decision has been made about the nature of our campaign after Wisconsin, that he is determined to go forward, keep fighting, to advance the message of this movement all the way, to defeat George Bush, to change American politics. "I want to say to all of you who have been working so hard for so long for this campaign to keep the faith, keep fighting for what Dean for America is all about. I am with you all the way!"
The key here is that there is no statement that Dean will go forward to win the nomination, only that he will do what is necessary to defeat George Bush. That there is no plan, one way or the other, for what happens after Wisconsin is telling.
I say this not to be discouraging but only to point out that Governor Dean is a pragmatist (a quality that attracted me to him in the first place) and, as such, he isn't going to work towards a particular goal if he doesn't think doing so will ultimately prove beneficial. That does not mean he is in it only to win for himself. If that were all he were interested in I think he would have dropped out 1-2 weeks back. He has to know that the nomination is almost certainly out of his reach. But if he could have a positive influence on the race by staying in it until the convention I'm certain he would do so. The fact that he wants to continue the fight against the forces he has worked against for the last two years tells me that he is thinking long and hard about how to transform his campaign into something longer lasting.
And, as painful as it might be to some to admit it, keeping his presidential campaign alive might just prove counter-productive to that goal.
Here's hoping for the best.