If memory serves... it was the phenomenon of Howard Dean that brought a new energy and vigor to a listless, wandering Democratic base. While he did not capture the nomination of his party, it could be argued that he captured something far more important in the grand scheme of things - their imaginations. His firebrand message inspired an army of supporters and revolutionized the dynamic of fundraising through online means. Only history will be able to judge whether Howard Dean changed the face of politics, but his influence is already felt far and wide. My choice for Iron Blogger Democrat is but one example.
Jay Bullock, known blogosphere-wide as folkbum, is a high school teacher, essayist, and singer-songwriter from Milwaukee. Though politically opinionated for most of his thirty or so years, he was only inspired to activist politics by the erstwhile campaign of Howard Dean, and remains active in Democracy for America. His political and personal writings regularly appear at http://folkbum.blogspot.com
, and http://www.dailykos.com.
Jay Bullock, you have been summoned to the battlefield of online debate to stand for your party against all Challengers. Your eloquence and first rate writing will serve the Democrats well in the battles to come.