While Democrats waited for the former presidential candidate, the state GOP held a Dean scream contest in anticipation of Dean’s arrival. A week ago, the party sent out a flier inviting people to a “No-show send Howard home rally” and garnered $22,000 in contributions, said Scott Malyerck, the state GOP executive director.
“We hope Howard Dean comes back every month,” Malyerck said.
The state GOP’s scream-off was intended to poke fun at Dean, whose attempt at a troop-rallying “yeah” after the 2004 Iowa caucus became the most laughed about moment of the campaign. Dean lost the next 16 contests, including a next-to-last showing in South Carolina a couple of weeks later.
The scream-off drew a handful of high school and college Republicans who were judged on “lack of poise in appearance” and “extent of angry, insane ranting.”
Contestants had to repeat Dean’s cry that his campaign was “going to South Carolina 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 – yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!”
Richard Hahn, a Dreher High School student, won the contest – embellishing Dean’s itinerary by adding Canada and Puerto Rico as campaign trail stops.
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