Friday, January 23, 2004

Update: It wasn't just the "I Have a Scream" speech that has caused Dean to implode. As The New Republic's Ryan Lizza points out: "There is undoubtedly a strong antiwar streak among Iowa Democrats, but they are not, for the most part, lifestyle liberals.When hordes of kids with dyed hair and multiple piercings descended upon the state to spread Dean's message with Scientology-like evangelism, Kerry began to look real good." And Newsweek's Howard Fineman (with relish, it seems) kicks Dean while he's down -- by pointing to other personality and strategic problems that ruined his campaign. Among them: no sense of humor and endorsements by mainstream, washed-up Democrats that undercut Dean's insurgent image. As a result, the media is now watching for more signs of Dean's fading campaign to fit their new storyline on him.

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