Two days after his Iowa "concession" speech, Howard Dean is still being pegged as a raging lunatic. Sarah Schweitzer, writing for the Boston Globe, reports:
Monday night, Dean stood before supporters following Iowa caucus results. "We're going to South Carolina and Oklahoma and Arizona and North Dakota and New Mexico," he shouted, his voice at once raspy and shrill. "We're going to California and Texas and New York, and we're going to South Dakota and Oregon and Washington and Michigan. And then we're going to Washington, D.C., to take back the White House."Thomas Fitzgerald, writing for Knight Ridder Newspapers, reports:
Then he let out a yell that appeared part growl, part yodel -- which television networks and talk radio played over and over yesterday. Critics said the moment would be fodder for rivals' commercials for weeks. Some went further, calling it a potentially defining moment of the campaign.
Two days later, his yowl continues to reverberate in the Democratic presidential race. Comedian Jay Leno has joked about it for two nights running, Boston talk-radio hosts use Dean's primal scream as a soundtrack and mocking remixes of it are available on the Internet.Clips of Dean's Yowl have been repeatedly played in the national media for two days. The image of Dean's "Yeaaaahhhhhhghhhh" yell is considered by some to be a "Muskie Moment."
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"I'm not an expert in politics," Leno said Monday night. "But I think it's a bad sign when your speech ends with your aides shooting you with a tranquilizer gun."
Leno came back for more Tuesday: "Did you seen Howard Dean's speech last night? Oh, my God! Now I hear the cows in Iowa are afraid of getting mad-Dean disease."
Then there are a number of images posted in which Dean looks demonic. Some are even used in caption contests.
After hearing the audio clip and remixes all day I decided to watch the video. Maybe I'm just a visual guy, but watching the video convinces me we are being unfair to Dean. The video clearly demonstrates that Dean was trying to rally disappointed campaign workers. In the video Dean does not come across as demonic or maniacal. I'm not a Dean supporter. It just seems that the yowl yell is being taken out of context. Because the audio clip and remixes are becoming so ingrained, Dean should not, or can not, fight the image.
If I were Dean, I would use the remixes as theme music for campaign event.
If you have the bandwidth, you can watch the video by going to Boston.com News, scroll down the column on the right until you find necn realvideo and click on Dean celebrates 3d place.