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Howard Dean compounded his dismal showing in Iowa with a poorly timed “speech” that was as incoherent as it was difficult to see. In fact, some pundits are calling it the worst speech they ever heard. Here were some of the e-mails Dean received in its wake:

♦ “What I meant to say a few weeks ago was that I endorsed you for the Burlington City Council. Not for president. Sorry about the misunderstanding.”— AGore@MTSU.edu

♦ “Thanks for replacing me as the freak of the week.” — MJackson@forthekids.com

♦ “Hey, it’s Joe. Apparently this whole Internet campaign is a little bit overrated. My bad.” — JTrippi@DeanforAmerica.com

♦ “You’re scaring me. Please stop.”— Hannibal@tasteslikechicken.com

♦ “So this is what you dragged me from Vermont for? Damn it. I told you I wanted nothing to do with this.” — Dr.JudyStein@VermontMed.com

♦ “Thanks for following my script. To the tee.” — MDukakis@olddemocrat.com

♦ “A stirring, profound speech. Very effective. I loved every minute of it. You can ride it to the nomination. Everyone thinks that speech sealed your comeback. That part where you started screaming in Spanish was brilliant.” — JaysonBlair@NYTimes.com

♦ “Well, that didn’t go as planned did it? Well, at the very least I appreciate you granting me the opportunity to craft your speech. I guess in hindsight, we should have toned it down a little, huh?” — CManson@serialks.net


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