DNC RACE A DONE DEAL?….Martin Frost has withdrawn from the race for DNC chair. Donnie Fowler is still running, but apparently the contest is all but over:

“It’s a fait accompli, it’s over: [Howard] Dean’s going to be it,” said Gerald McEntee, head of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, who runs the umbrella political organization for all the unions in the A.F.L.-C.I.O.

….Dr. Dean is moving to the forefront of Washington politics at a moment when the party, seen as lacking any obvious leaders in the wake of the November defeat of Tom Daschle, the Senate minority leader, has been struggling to define its case against Mr. Bush on the war in Iraq and on overhauling Social Security.

I wish him the best. There’s no question that Dean is a high-risk choice, and he’s going to need to be smarter about harnessing his passion than he was during his presidential run. From all reports, he’s also going to need to find a top notch manager he trusts who can do the organizational and management tasks that he’s apparently not very good at.

But at the very least, it’s gonna be fun. Give ’em hell, Howard.