Light-Hearted Notes From the Dean Trail

Members of the news media trailing the presidential candidates are easily identified by credentials hanging around their necks. But Howard Dean's (search) campaign offered a locally inspired twist to its traveling media horde in Wisconsin: cheeseheads.

Some of the reporters covering the Democratic hopeful took to wearing the triangular chunks of orange plastic, popular among fans of the National Football League's Green Bay Packers (search).

A few reporters added Dean-inspired slogans in black ink. One read "Ken Lay and the Boys," a line Dean uses when criticizing corporate abuses. "Even the Costa Ricans," read another, which Dean has said when naming countries that control prescription prices.

And, of course, there was "Yeaagh!" from Dean's infamous Iowa concession speech.

Dean appeared amused, autographing some of his favorites.