The rush to credit Howard Dean's "50-state strategy" for the Democratic wins is apparently on -- here's Adele Stan on Tapped:
As much as I've seen Rep. Rahm Emanuel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, all over the airwaves in the last 24 hours, I've yet to hear him sing the praises of Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, whose 50-state strategy appears quite vindicated this morning. You'll recall that there's been a blood feud between the two men. Now I'm waiting to watch Emanuel do that goofy dance (did anybody watch him after Pelosi's victory speech?) with Dr. Dean -- and maybe give the DNC boss a big bear hug.
The problem is that we have no idea if Dean's strategy was responsible or not. It's totally plausible that the money was spread out over the whole country to little effect, and that a national anti-GOP wave pushed the Democrats to victory.