Thomas Schaller on Dean:
Dean’s stump speech right now is as strong, cogent and — how to say it? — “relaxed” as ever. He is generating enthusiasm beyond the fervid, yellow-hatted volunteer imports that mauled Iowa. And he has a better field plan for NH than he did in IA, led as it is by Karen Hicks, his not-to-be-underestimated state director here. He is asking for votes in the earnest, yet assertive way he asked for, and got, key union and superdelegate endorsements.
It all may be too much, too late.
Because the lesson of Iowa is that, despite the Dean campaign’s undeniable mastery and application of many of the past decade’s technological developments, campaigns are still plodding, low-tech, grunt-work endeavors.