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January 21st, 2004

Depending on your point of view, Howard Dean either got a little carried away last night, or he went stark raving mad. Either way, a lot of people’s heads were turned upon hearing him give some kind of wild “Yeah!” at the end of a strongly delivered sentence. As one commentator noted, he will almost definitely be lampooned on Saturday Night Live now.

For those of you who missed it, here is a WAV file of the entire sentence (250 KB, 8-bit sound at 11KHz), or for those who want a clip for your sound archive or just a really weird ‘beep’ sound for your computer, here is a better-quality sound file of just the “Yeah!” (75 KB, 16-bit at 22 KHz).


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  1. January 21st, 2004 at 23:42 | #1

    Wow! That reminds of Al Gore appearing in a hot tub on Saturday Night Live. I just knew at that moment that he wouldn’t be our next president. I think this signals the end of the road for Dr. Dean–not immediately, and not because it should, but sometimes you can just tell.

  2. January 22nd, 2004 at 14:18 | #2

    I wouldn’t say it’s the end of the road…why is anyone making such a big deal out of this? So he’s excited — does that mean he’s losing his mind? Hardly.

  3. Luis
    January 22nd, 2004 at 16:11 | #3

    No, not losing his mind, but not entirely cognisant of what is proper and accepted from a presidential candidate. It would be better if he swore, probably. Look how much of a hit Gore took just for sighing. Dan Quayle took a big hit for talking funny. It’s being a laughingstock that often gets you into trouble. Imagine in eight months, when commercials come out, showing Bush acting presidential, and then a zoom-in on Dean as he yells YEEEEAAAAEEEEAAAHHHHHH!!!!!! Ouch.

    Plus, it came on the heels of a devastating loss in Iowa–were it a month ago, it would have hurt him, but here, he didn’t need much of a push to make him topple.

    Not that he’s completely out of things–down, but not out yet. But it certainly is a nail in the ol’ coffin.

  4. January 22nd, 2004 at 23:32 | #4

    I wouldn’t say it’s the end of the road…why is anyone making such a big deal out of this?
    I don’t mean to say that there was anything unforgivable (or even notable) about this. This is all about the power of single image in the context of the modern media–how it plays. This fortuitously (for Dean’s opponents) and instantly captures the essence of the Dean backlash in 10 seconds of video/audio, like Quayle’s misspelling of potato and Dukakis’s appearance in a tank, whether or not that’s legitimate.

  5. January 23rd, 2004 at 09:13 | #5

    That’s true…we might as well have them sing before a panel of judges instead of have debates. It’s just as well, anyways, Dean was never my choice for a Dem. candidate. If it’s not going to be him, who will win the primaries? Wow, now I’m getting excited…hehe. A real primary!

    But on another note, I wonder…what if Bush decides not to debate at all once the Dem. candidate is selected? He isn’t really known for allowing lots of unscripted questions, and although it would be strange I can almost see it happening.

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