And, thank you for getting this long time political junkie off her butt and into volunteering (my butt off) for good candidates.
Everything else that I want to say about what Dean means to me, I have posted here back when he became Chairman of the DNC.
(There's a nice birthday post for Howard at Daily KOS here. While I think it highly unlikely he'll ever see this post, there's a decent chance he may see the one at Daily KOS so you can send him your well wishes there.)
Yeah, I'm a Deaniac -- you got a problem with that? ;-)