This sums up why I like Dean (Joe Rospars commenting on his own post on Not Geniuses
Howard Dean is out there playing offense for the Democratic Party. He's out there shaming the other side, not triangulating it. Health care is a "moral issue" and we need a foreign policy consistent with "high moral purpose" that reflects "American values".
Clinton got by co-opting GOP policy initiatives when it suited him. Dean is the next step in dismantling Republican majorities and taking over the center: he's co-opting their rhetoric and world view, and showing the extremeness of their policies.
No one has been playing effective offense for Democrats in a truly partisan way for a long time. That's Howard Dean's appeal to the left.
I don't care that I don't agree 100% with Dean because a President Dean will get more of my agenda done than anyone else running for President. Dean can inpire people who don't agree with him on everything, and that's the essence of electability.