Oh please with this "Kerry is the most liberal" crap. That was just a tag with an arbitrary group of criteria concocted by the right to demonize the Democratic candidate. Ted Kennedy and many other senators are FAR
more liberal than Kerry. Indeed, rather than being "too liberal," Kerry seemed to stand for nothing at all in his attempt to play to the center-right.
In retrospect I think the Dems tried too hard to find a candidate who was "electable" because he had no real policies. Dean may have alienated the right even more than Kerry, but then Bush alienates the left more than any other president in history. He also really attracts people because he seems to be direct. Dean has that. He has something Kerry never had: charisma. He gave people the feeling he was talking straight (because I think, overall, he was, more than most politicians).
In the end, Whitehatter is right. People voted for Bush or against him, not for Kerry. Dean may alienate people, but he also inspires people. That's a plus too.
I'd sary the jury is still out, but it may be good for the Dems, not bad.