Ripple effect from the DNC meeting

David Korn gives a thorough breakdown in the Nation of the post-DNC landscape, giving Dean high marks and rating only Edwards as a solid competitor (though the article still says that Kerry is the presumptive front-runner). The conventional wisdom seems to be that Dean is the passionate “idea” candidate, while Edwards is the central casting candidate who may be a bit shallow. Kerry’s strengths – money, military service, money, and money.

And a two-fer at Bob Schieffer says Governor Dean won the first “Did you hear…” primary – by being the only candidate who said something buzz-worthy at the DNC winter meeting. Senior political correspondent Dotty Lynch reports that Dean “rocked the hall,” and that “For now, the doctor from Vermont has gained the attention of a lot of Democratic activists and the other candidates will have to reckon with him.”

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