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January 22nd, 2004

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10:12 am
OK, somebody help me out. Both the lead story in today's New York Times daily headline newsletter and a news story on AOL news are about what a disaster Howard Dean's post-Iowa caucus speech was. I didn't see the speech that night, and I haven't seen it anywhere else (this is what happens when you spend your days and long portions of your nights working in a basement). The AOL article included a (text) portion of his comments:

Not only are we going to New Hampshire ..., we're going to South Carolina and Oklahoma and Arizona and North Dakota and New Mexico, and we're going to California and Texas and New York," he said. "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. Yeah.

I don't really see the problem. Maybe it's just because I'm (relatively) young, and therefore still something of a zealot, but it seems to me that this race needs someone who's willing to rip off opponents' legs and beat them to death with them.

So I ask you: what am I missing? Why is this speech being cited as evidence of Dean's unsuitability to be President? What's the damn deal?

(5 points | Discuss)


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Date:January 22nd, 2004 08:21 am (UTC)
I heard a portion of the speech (but I didn't know that it was Dean at the time, but I had a hunch that it was). I didn't think that it was a bad speech per se--it was certainly more rousing than Kerry's. At the worst it was downright evangelical in it's delivery.
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Date:January 22nd, 2004 08:50 am (UTC)
Saw him delivering the portion of the speech quoted above on 'Daily Show.' I say this from a place of love, and respect for the campaign he's put together so far: he looked batshit insane. TiVo'ing the NH debate tonight; am really looking forward to it, now that the field is (a little bit) more condensed, and actual voters have cast some votes.
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Date:January 22nd, 2004 09:03 am (UTC)

Only heard it...

...on the radio.

The text is not bad. It was his delivery. I have to agree that he sounded a tad overevangelical, bordering on nutball. And keep in mind, this is the man I would vote for. But he sounded bonkers.

Especially the end of his speech. That "yeah" was more like YAAAaaaaagh!

Seriously, if you can find a .wav or .mp3 file of Dean's scream, it's funny as hell.
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Date:January 22nd, 2004 09:15 am (UTC)

Re: Only heard it...

Not sure if this qualifies ...
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Date:January 23rd, 2004 02:26 pm (UTC)

Re: Only heard it...

I'm sure this does!

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