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Saturday, February 14, 2004

Revisionist history re Dean's "I Have a Scream" speech

I can well understand why, and even somewhat sympathize with, Dean supporters' bitterness at the public fascination with his "I Have a Scream" speech. And Gov. Dean has given various explanations for it (none nearly so good as the one Hugh Hewitt suggested) — usually that he was "just having fun," or trying to recognize and energize his troops after a tough loss. But this rationalization, from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, is just silly:

"The coverage of that speech was a lie," said Bagley, a retired bread truck driver. He was referring to Dean's much-debated Iowa concession speech, in which Dean yelled partly to be heard in a noisy hall.

Yes, the hall was noisy. Yes, Dean was tired and his voice was frayed and he was bellowing. But he frequently speaks to noisy crowds, and he bellows more often than not. Under no possible interpretation of the facts can the bizarre noise that he made that night be explained "partly [as Dean trying] to be heard in a noisy hall."

Gov. Dean concedes that "the scream" was "unpresidential." He should just leave it at that. In fact, he should just leave it. Neither he, nor friendly reporters like the one who created the above-quoted rationalization, does the struggling Dean campaign any favors by offering up this kind of obviously bogus excuse.

Posted by Beldar at 01:27 PM in Politics (2006 & earlier) | Permalink

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