politics and independent media, but a rejection of mainstream
punditry. It's a far cry from the Iowa presidential caucuses of 2004,
when a media and Beltway drumbeat of "weak on defense" and "hot under
the collar" helped defeat Howard Dean's insurgent campaign.
But Howard Dean was a little too hot under the collar. I
observed it myself, independently. He was frequently flushing red and
had a tendency to say things that a less ‘emotional’ candidate might
have held in reserve (such as when he accidentally embraced the
Confederate battle flag).