Tuesday, November 18

Dean Dean Dean Dean Dean

Ain't it grand?

Howard Dean continued his long walk from the "who's he?" candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination to the choice of party insiders yesterday when he picked up the formal endorsement of two of the nation's most politically savvy and powerful labor unions.

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) joined forces to back Dean, arguing that he is best positioned — financially and organizationally — to defeat President Bush in 2004.