Democrats close leadership gap

It was only last year that pundits wrote off the crowded field of Democratic primary contenders as indicative of the sorry state of the future of the Democratic Party. The contenders were thought of as a mixture of nobodies (Howard Dean, John Edwards, Wesley Clark) and old-guard has-beens (John Kerry, Dick Gephardt, Bob Graham.) "Is this the best they have to offer?" seemed to be coming from talking heads' lips on an endless loop.

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