Who has the power?
Aziz on Dean Nation ponders:
I'm struck by the tone of the majority of the articles on Dean via Google News. It's a veritable love-fest, with editorials and laudatory odes to the campaign for its innovation, impact, success, blah blah blah.
Now that we're done, they pour sugar on the wound? It reminds me of the curious timing of the mea culpa from Diana Sawyer and ABC about the overplayed Dean Scream. This behavior isn't a salve for anything save their consciences.
I am reminded of an episode of Buffy in which the Slayer Watcher's council comes back into town to decide whether to take Buffy back into their good graces (she walked out on them in a previous season) before giving her some information she needed. They proceeded to put her through all sorts of tests and generally flustering her to no end. That is, until she realized that she didn't need to jump through any hoops for them because they needed her more than she needed them. They wouldn't have come back if that were not the case.
Similarly, the establishment media and party may not have liked Dean as presidential candidate, but they liked the money and volunteers that he was bringing into the race and they want some of that gold for themselves.
What that means is that we still have the power.