January 20, 2004

RAGIN' BEIGE

Hostile Howard Dean, the angry bland man of America, knows something:

You know what? You know something? You know something? If you had told us one year ago that we were going to come in third in Iowa, we would have given anything for that ...

And you know something? You know something? Not only are we going to New Hampshire, 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! And we're going to South Dakota and Oregon and Washington and Michigan! And then we're going to Washington, D.C.. To take back the White House!

You know something? You know what? Itís even funnier when you hear it.

As well, thereís this puzzling Dean line:

Most of all, let me thank you from all over America, coming here to change this country. We haven't seen this in 30 years.

Whatís he talking about? Watergate? The thrilling era of change that ushered Gerald Ford into the White House? The age of optimism inspired by the oil crisis? Neil Sedakaís pact with Satan? What event from 1974 is Shouty Dean referencing here?

Posted by Tim Blair at January 20, 2004 06:19 PM
Comments

They actually played this quote on the radio here in the UK a couple of hours ago, just as I was chewing my muesli. When I first heard the last part I thought: Ah, that's got to be Dean. And then I thought, no it must be Kerry, no one who actually lost could actually talk such stuff without feeling a little embarrassed. And now I learn it really was the third-placed Dean.
Clearly the guy is nuts and has absolutely no chance at all.

Posted by: Peter Briffa at January 20, 2004 at 07:14 PM

In 1974 was discovered that Nixon that called Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau an asshole.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at January 20, 2004 at 07:15 PM

Dean, you are going nowhere (but down and out).

Posted by: perfectsense at January 20, 2004 at 07:25 PM

Listen to the mp3 and picture a muppet. Just do it. Hee hee. The ending is pure Kermit. "It's the Muppet Show. YEEEEAAAHH!"

Posted by: scott h. at January 20, 2004 at 07:32 PM

AHAHAHSHAHSDHAShDahhdhgdf oh my god that was priceless.

Posted by: Sum Gai at January 20, 2004 at 07:45 PM

Well, according to George Monbiot, 1974 is the year our quality of life peaked.

The reason should not be hard to grasp. Our economic system depends upon never-ending growth, yet we live in a world with finite resources. Our expectation of progress is, as a result, a delusion.

This is the great heresy of our times, the fundamental truth which cannot be spoken. It is dismissed as furiously by those who possess power today - governments, business, the media - as the discovery that the earth orbits the sun was denounced by the late medieval church. Speak this truth in public and you are dismissed as a crank, a prig, a lunatic.

Capitalism is a millenarian cult...blah, blah, blah.

So, maybe Mad How thinks we're peaking again?

As it happens, 1974 is also the year that HoF pitcher Dizzy Dean died.

Posted by: Lawrence at January 20, 2004 at 07:52 PM

All morning on the local talk station here in D.C., Fred Grandy has been alternating that Dean clip with recordings of Hulk Hogan screaming into the microphone in wrestling interviews. It really does sound like Dean's been studying pro wrestlers' interview technique to develop his public speaking skills. Could Jesse Ventura be his secret mentor?

Posted by: Combustible Boy at January 20, 2004 at 09:11 PM

Maybe Dean is aiming for the Wrestling loving demographic?

Posted by: madne0 at January 20, 2004 at 10:30 PM

I reckon that 1974 was the last time moonbat got laid?

Posted by: Rob Read at January 20, 2004 at 11:36 PM

Rob,

that would be when Moonbat was about 8. Which of course is possible...

Posted by: Peter Briffa at January 20, 2004 at 11:55 PM

What's with the crazy "yeaaaaaaaaaaahhhhgggg!" at the end?

Posted by: Bill at January 21, 2004 at 12:08 AM

Dear God, please, please, please, please let Howard Dean be the Democratic canidate. We need some more laughter in this world. Pls ok thx bye.

Posted by: Sortelli at January 21, 2004 at 12:26 AM

"As well, there’s this puzzling Dean line: Most of all, let me thank you from all over America, coming here to change this country. We haven't seen this in 30 years."

Actually, the really puzzling thing about that line is how he got people from all over America to go to the Iowa caucuses.

Posted by: Ken Summers at January 21, 2004 at 01:28 AM

Is this the real Howard Dean?
BC

Posted by: BC at January 21, 2004 at 02:36 AM

I never realized it, but Howard Dean is just using this campaign to get Vince McMahan to sign him as a new wrestler.. seriously, that was the funniest thing I've heard in a long time.

I can already envision the Bush campaign's ads targetting Dean.. Please, let him be the candidate.

Posted by: Steve at January 21, 2004 at 05:31 AM

I knew Ho Ho Dean had to be a Republican plant . . . 1974 is the year President Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon.

It's also the year when running naked (streaking) became very popular.

I think he's referring to both . . . so be very afraid and keep your distance from Ho Ho at the next campaign stop.

Posted by: Lardog at January 21, 2004 at 06:51 AM

one hates to be a pedant, but presumably the '30 years' is not exact and he's referring to mcgovern's 1972 campaign. anyway the man is clearly a wanker.

nice work tim. your blog is one of the first things i read after crawling out of bed most days.

Posted by: kinch at January 21, 2004 at 07:32 AM

Well, he's clearly talking about the release of one of the greatest rock albums of all time - Mott The Hoople's "The Hoople". Plus the year I first held hands with a girl. I get excited about that year as well. I do recall that Homer Simpson said something about 1974 being the year Rock Music reached its peak.

Lots to get excited about!!!

Posted by: Mark at January 21, 2004 at 07:56 AM

Actually, the Moonbat is right. By 1974 we had run out of whale oil, so now we sit in the darkness. Plastic will be running out any time now. And, of course, he is referring to that hated day when the Stone Age ended due to a lack of stone.

Posted by: JorgXMcKie at January 21, 2004 at 08:01 AM

1974: Richmond won the flag for the second year in a row. I remember it as if it was only yesterday. The tigers haven't been able to match it for 30 years.

Posted by: mike at January 21, 2004 at 09:46 AM

Jeezus, Tim, a Neal Sadaka reference? Neal friggin' Sadaka?

Where did you pull that one from? I don't really want to know, I guess.

The mind is a terrible thing to waste.

Sheesh.

SMG

Posted by: SteveMG at January 21, 2004 at 01:08 PM

They played it on the radio here in Norway too. Pretty wild.

I also think the "30 years" was approximate, but I guess he refers to the Carter campaign. Carter came as an anti-establishment figure, aided by general disgust with Nixon and Watergate.

Posted by: Jan Haugland at January 21, 2004 at 08:06 PM

Carter came as an anti-establishment figure, aided by general disgust with Nixon and Watergate.

And he left as....well, lets be a frank...a loser.

Well, according to George Monbiot, 1974 is the year our quality of life peaked.

My life peaked before I was born. Interesting.
Silly old twit. I had a far better childhood than my elder cousins born in the late sixties/early seventies, and I was born in the eighties.

Posted by: Quentin George at January 21, 2004 at 08:17 PM

McGovern's dominatrix spanking was administered in 1972. That's pretty close to 30 years.

Posted by: Tongue Boy at January 22, 2004 at 01:17 AM