Last night I attended the first post-withdrawal Dean meetup and it was an interesting experience to say the least. Overall, the Portland area saw a drop in meetups from 9 locations last month to only 3 this month. But attendance was still good at the meetup I went to (about 30 people). It took a while to build the meetup momentum that we had before and it might take a few months to get the numbers back up again. But it is possible.
Why do I say that? Because, despite Dean dropping out, there were new people at the meetup last night!
How many candidates could say that they could draw new interest from people even after they had dropped out?
The Dean campaign for president (2004 version) might be dead, but the Dean campaign for America isn't dead yet.