Dean Flacks For The Party

Howard Dean, who built his doomed Presidential campaign on being a firebrand outsider to the Democratic establishment, went out on the road to make sure no one took him too seriously:

In his first public appearance since dropping out of the presidential race last week, Howard Dean thanked his supporters Thursday night and urged them to stay with the Democratic Party and “not to be tempted by independent or third-party candidates.” … [H]e urged his supporters to back the eventual Democratic nominee and described his plans to continue influencing the race from the outside.

Go inside while I go outside? It almost sounds like a covert operation; perhaps Dean is cooking up something for the convention? If anyone still cared about Dean, it might make an interesting story.
How does this message go down with the True Believers? Overall, they accept reality at the official Dean blog, but they’re not happy about it, and some still talk of leaving the party altogether:
Ithacamom:But I’m with Patricia C. above. This whole experience has given me such a disgust for the party I’ve faithfully supported for 20 years. After the March 2 primary, I fulled planned on switching to Independent. As I suspicioned, Howard made the personal appeal to stay in the party. I’m really going to have to think about that, Guv. Even for you, I’m really going to have to think about it.
Darrell in Iowa: I voted for McGovern, Carter, Mondale, Dukakis, Clinto and Gore…… BUT I WILL NOT vote for Kerry!!!
ellen in orlando: Kerry’s position on gay marriage is clearly not progressive. How can Howard ask us to support Kerry? How will he make Kerry run as a progressive when Kerry is clearly not a progressive?
Dean may have been correct late last year when he said that his base may not pay attention to any endorsement he would give if his run failed.