Howard Dean, who told a Manhattan audience last month "I hate the Republicans and everything they stand for", appears now to be a shoo-in for the DNC chairmanship. To their credit, the Democratic elite fought his ascension, preferring a more nuanced hatred of all things Republican, but none of their alternate candidates were able to gain any traction. From the GOP's perspective, Dean's coup is a gift. It's theoretically possible that Dean would lead the party in a more moderate direction, but nobody on either side is expecting that. Instead, it appears that either he will pull the Dems even more to the Left, or the party will splinter into warring factions.