Howard Dean and the ‘Dean Scream’
Another Vermont politician energized liberals a decade before Sanders
Former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean teased his infamous “Dean Scream” at the Democratic National Convention, this time laughing all the way to thunderous cheers.
His guttural outburst after losing the Iowa caucus in 2004 is now the stuff of campaign lore.
Sleeves rolled up, holding a microphone, Dean stood on stage and listed off states in the upcoming primary race before saying: “And then we’re going to Washington, D.C., to take back the White House.” Then, pumping his fist, he yelled “yeah.”
The exclamation came out part scream and part squeal. But it was a full-fledged disaster. The episode set in motion an avalanche of ridicule that spelled the end of his insurgent campaign that had energized the liberal base much like Bernie Sanders has done this year.