Last words on the Dean speech

Published January 24, 2004 6:56PM (EST)

Howard Dean supporters are fighting back, sending around a crowd's-eye-view of the former frontrunner's widely lampooned speech Monday night. It certainly shows the intensity that stoked Dean's fire. But a skeptic has to counter: Dean knew he was talking to a national television audience, not just a roomful of supporters, and the war-whoop wasn't made for primetime. I was more persuaded by, a site run by a self-declared Dean supporter who nonetheless catalogued the many dance-mixes his candidate's speech has inspired. The Web giveth, the Web taketh away, and the Web can giveth back again, if Dean supporters maintain their sense of humor -- and if their candidate maintains a little more control of his mouth.

By Joan Walsh

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