There's apparently some grumbling from Hill Democrats about their lack of input into Obama's Democratic victory strategy -- such is par for the course at this quadrennial U.S. Open we call a presidential race.

But the Obama campaign has found a smart way to keep the party's reigning elder statesman, Howard Dean, busy: they're sending him on a cross-country voter registration tour. He'll travel in style on a 45 foot long biodisel bus flagged in red, white and blue. The tour kicks off in Crawford, TX on Thursday, heads to Austin where Dean will say hi to peeps at the Netroots Nation convention, then to New Orleans, Shreveport and Baton Rouge -- note -- Democrats need to pick up their efforts in New Orleans if they want to be competitive in the state because so many African Americans moved away -- and then will wind through Mississippi before the good governor gets a break.

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