Published February 9, 2005 6:21PM (EST)

The race for the DNC chairmanship -- which culminates Saturday in the coronation of Howard Dean -- has been all about the grassroots, at least when it hasn't been about fishing around for someone to protect the establishment, promising money to state party officials or taking down candidates who seem insufficiently liberal.

But yes, the grassroots. There has been a lot of talk about them, and now there's some action. John Kerry has just announced that he'll contribute $1 million from his campaign committee to support grassroots organizing at the DNC.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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