Howard Dean redux
Susie tells us that Howard Dean is seriously thinking about running again. So, if Howard Dean or anyone close to him is reading this, here is my advice.
Don't go to Iowa.
Go to New Jersey.
The Democrats have clearly decided to cut off Barbara Buono. Go to New Jersey, take your DFA organization with you and campaign your heart for her and any down ballot Democrat who wants your support. If she prevails against Christie you will have helped to take down the Republican's best prospect for 2016 and demonstrate your continuing popular appeal and political muscle.
After that target some key races in 2014, not just in Iowa and NH, but anywhere you think that you can make a difference. Show that you are still a winner.
Or, burn your bridges and go Green. Now you will have to reach out to Jill Stein and other former Green Party Democrats to see if they are receptive. I have no idea about what sort of reception you would get. But if you are to do this, it will have to be all or nothing, and you will need to take your DFA organization with you. And once again, you would have to spend all of 2013 and 2014 campaigning for Green Party candidates, demonstrating your commitment to the party and your ability to deliver the vote.