Missouri continues to host national political operatives who focus on our state as a key to the presidential election in November. Vice President Dick Cheney will be in Springfield on Friday. Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean and Al Gore’s 2000 Campaign Manager Donna Brazile will stump for Democrats this week and drum up support for John Kerry. They come on the heels of visits by the President’s brother, Florida Governor Jeb Bush and US Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, on behalf of Republicans and President Bush. They all hope to help their top-of-the-ticket candidates as well as others. Dean will campaign for Democrat Nancy Farmer, who is challenging Senator Christopher Bond, who got help from McConnell. Those inside politics also hope to get out the base seen as ever-important in tight races.