Dean on Message at Democratic Convention NPR's Melissa Block meets with former Vermont Gov. and Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean and also talks with some Deaniacs: Dean delegates at the convention. Both Dean and his supporters say his influence is still being felt and heard in the party -- that John Kerry and John Edwards have picked up on his message. Has the party lost its soul? Dean says "no." And Dean supporters say Dean continues to inspire them and their friends into political action and involvement at home.