I was a Dean supporter. I am a Dean supporter. I’ve been a Dean supporter since before he announced his bid for the presidency.

And I am surprised that he made it this far.

I make no apologies for anything he’s done in this primary. Yes, I wish he would have done a few things a little differently. And I certainly don’t agree with all of his positions.

But every single Democrat out there owes an ENORMOUS debt to Dean. He brought the center of the debate back from the far right. He was the cannon fodder that made it possible to question Bush on Iraq. And he illustrated the fact that there are legions of untapped campaign-contributing voters out there who are starved for a candidate that represents their position.

So don’t you dare roll your eyes and say good riddance. So far, he’s done far more for progressive politics than Kerry or Edwards could possibly lay claim to.