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January 22, 2004
Hoist Upon His Own Petard?

Howard Dean, who pioneered the national Internet campaign, is finding out that the Internet is a double-edged sword, as reported by Newsweek and MS-NBC:

You live by the Internet, you die by the Internet. Just ask Howard Dean. One minute, the Democratic presidential hopeful is harvesting new voters, and campaign contributors, online. The next, he’s being haunted by tech-savvy turntablists. Since his kinda-crazy concession speech in Iowa on Monday night, a bunch of audio files mixing music to his exhortations have been circulating on the Web. “We’re going to South Carolina and Oklahoma and Arizona and North Dakota and New Mexico. We’re going to California and Texas and New York!” It's the type of stuff you’d hear at nightclubs, not political rallies. The highlight? Repeated splicing and dicing of Dean’s “Yeagh!” outburst. ...

Thanks for inventing the Internet, Al!

Fellow Northern Alliande blogger James Lileks gets a big mention and the best recommendation for his hot dance mix, Yeagh, and the article provides a link to a shorter entry from Jonathan Barlow. Howard Stern remixed Dean's strangled war cry as well, and yesterday I listened to yet another mix on the KQ Morning Show on my way to work.

Dean managed to do what Iowa voters could not: he has made himself into a national joke. New Hampshire seems to be laughing; CNN reports today that Kerry has vaulted to a 10-point lead against Dean:

The Massachusetts senator leads the former Vermont governor 31 percent to 21 percent in a poll conducted Tuesday and Wednesday, following Monday's caucus victory. Retired Gen. Wesley Clark was third in the poll with 16 percent, followed by Sen. John Edwards at 11 percent and a badly slumping Sen. Joe Lieberman with 4 percent.

In last week's pre-Iowa poll, Dean was the front-runner at 29 percent. Clark was No. 2 at 20 percent, with Kerry third at 15 percent.

Kerry has passed both Dean and Clark, who also seems to be fading -- as I predicted earlier -- now that New Hampshire voters have an un-Dean option that doesn't require supporting a nut like Clark, whose recent outrageous statements have been largely ignored by the media as it focused on Iowa. Edwards seems to be building up to a stronger showing; he's bounced up a couple of percentage points since Iowa, although well within the margin of error.

The verdict: Dean is in trouble -- and so is Clark. At least they're not Lieberman, whose campaign is just about dead.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at January 22, 2004 6:07 AM

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