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BuzzChatter Monday: Dean commemorates his own scream

01/20/2014 5:00 AM

01/19/2014 2:09 PM

A heavy Monday of BuzzChatter delights. (That could be the name of a new Girl Scouts cookie, by gosh).

• “YEEEAAARRRRRGGGHHHH!!!” — former Vermont Gov. and head of the Democratic National Committee Howard Dean commemorating the — I kid you not — 10th anniversary of the legendary “Dean Scream” on the night he lost the Iowa caucuses in 2004.

Only the combustible Howard Dean would bring up his most famous moment in politics in connection with a fund-raising appeal for the liberal Democracy for America group he founded. Dean blew a huge early lead in Iowa in 2004, and lost the state to John Kerry. In his speech that night, Dean promised to take his campaign to all corners of the country, and he punctuated his rallying call with his lingering yell-scream, which was subsequently mocked mercilessly on late-night TV and everywhere else. Although Iowa was only the first state, the Dean Scream sealed his fate, and your faithful scribe remembers the moment clearly.

• “Missouri ranks far too low or near the bottom in key areas like voting, holding regular family dinners, and attending public meetings. Weakness in these areas is troubling because they are often bedrock activities for greater participation.” — Professor Michael Stout from Missouri State University

on a new survey

measuring how Missouri and Kansas City residents engage in important civic activities such as voting, volunteering and interacting with neighbors.

The survey concluded that civic engagement is critical because it is linked to the economic and personal health of individuals and communities. The university partners said they want to begin a statewide conversation to bolster civic life in the state.

• “Six Unified Government Commissioners of Wyandotte County announce their Unified and On-going Commitment to Progressive and Open Government for Wyandotte County in 2014.” — opening line of a news release Saturday from six of the 10 UG commissioners (one seat is listed as vacant) outlining a series of 2014 priorities and urging Mayor Mark Holland to meet every Thursday of the month and not just the three scheduled now.

The group of commissioners signing the missive included Ann Murguia, who lost to Holland in last year’s mayor’s race. They are urging Holland to meet EVERY Thursday instead of three Thursdays a month to accomplish all the goals the commission has listed for itself. That only a subset of the commission signed this public declaration could suggest a deeper disagreement.

• “One of the things that I’ve learned to appreciate more as president is you are essentially a relay swimmer in a river full of rapids, and that river is history.” — President Obama

in a new profile in the New Yorker.

Obama waxed philosophical with New Yorker editor-in-chief David Remnick. His point: Presidents don’t start with a clean slate. “...And the things you start may not come to full fruition on your timetable. But you can move things forward. And sometimes the things that start small may turn out to be fairly significant.”

• “I stand by my word.” — Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer on CNN

insisting

that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie directly ordered the withholding of Superstorm Sandy recovery funds unless she backed a redevelopment plan he favored.

The controversy around Christie, a Republican, continues unabated as the governor prepares to celebrate his second inauguration Tuesday. The question of how much damage has been done to a potential presidential bid remains unclear. On the one side, nobody seems surprised by much of this. On the other, this is bare-knuckled politics revealed.

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