The Democratic National Committee's Rules and Bylaws Committee is to meet this weekend to decide whether the delegations should be seated at the national convention in Denver or if they will remain banned because they held their state primaries ahead of schedule.
Analysts told The Boston Globe Tuesday they had their doubts Dean, who is chairman of the national committee, would be flexible enough to work out a compromise and avoid a potentially embarrassing public battle over the delegates.
"You come in the room and he's pretty set on who should be the best guy at this, or where the party's money is going to go," said Joe Trippi, who managed Dean's 2004 presidential campaign.
Trippi added that Dean could surprise the experts after his experiences in hotly contested primaries.
"I think he's become a better mediator, a bit more conciliatory on this whole issue," he told the Globe.