Howard Dean (search) is trying to get past the impassioned speech he delivered after the Iowa caucuses, but the image lingers on the Internet, late-night talk shows and in what could be a serious problem for the campaign -- among New Hampshire voters.
Political analysts and pollsters are watching to see if Monday night's enthusiastic, fist-pumping speech becomes one of those famous presidential campaign moments etched indelibly in the public's mind. Dean's own advisers privately acknowledge the speech was a major blunder that has hurt his standing in polls.
Dean's dive: Is this Howard's end?
A sample of your responses:
That was NOT a Rebel Yell! Trust me, us here Tennessee Volunteers know one when we hear it! It more closely resembled Ned Beatty's squeal from a certain 1970s movie...
Dean make a miserable mistake. But you and the rest of the media is being unnecessarily mean -- move on. I guess President Bush will have to face a real opponent. It was quite amusing to see the glum, forlorn looks of Republicans when they realized Dean 's hold on the nomination was slipping. Well, I guess the landslide scenario is moot.
When you showed Howard Dean speaking without any volume the other morning, it reminded me of seeing Hitler speaking on the history channel. I think he is done and he has done it to himself.
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I think Dean would make a wonderful vice-president, since their principal function is to keep comedians in business, anyway. That's the problem with Dick Cheney (and Al Gore before him): he's just not ridiculous enough. We haven't had a good vice-president since Dan Quayle.
I think Dean's done but I also think the media let the polls and his web success influence how popular he actually was to begin with. He looks good on paper but that's all I can give him credit for.
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