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Jumping the shark: Dean takes deep-water dive
Washtimes ^ | 21 Jan 03 | By Jonah Goldberg

Posted on 01/21/2004 8:59:41 AM PST by .cnI redruM

Edited on 07/12/2004 4:12:49 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

Now, I could be wrong - indeed, all the pundits have been so far - and Howard Dean certainly has a lot of money and staff left to keep going, but he certainly looks to have jumped the shark.

Oh, sorry, you might not know what that term means. There's a Web site called JumpTheShark.com that is dedicated to "chronicling the moments when TV shows go downhill." The name is a reference to the "Happy Days" where Fonzie - played by Henry Winkler - literally jumped a shark on water skis. The Fonze never even took off his leather jacket. The authors of the site argue - and I agree with them - that this dumb plot device signaled the moment the show had reached the critical mass of lameness.


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TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2004; dean; iowa; loon; sharkjumper
Dean takes deep-water dive - and forgets to sufficiently decompress on the way back up!
1 posted on 01/21/2004 8:59:42 AM PST by .cnI redruM
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To: hobbes1
jonah gets it.
2 posted on 01/21/2004 9:05:48 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: .cnI redruM
I dunno about jumpin da shark but he has definitely screw'd da pooch.
3 posted on 01/21/2004 9:06:53 AM PST by evad (Welcome back Joe Gibbs...we've been waitin')
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To: .cnI redruM
Dean will win New Hampshire, which will guarantee a Demo bloodbath and calls for Hillary to intervene, which, IMO, she will if GWB continues to suffer the backlash of triangulation and widens the gap between himself and conservatives. The interesting thing is that triangulation may not work as it did for Clinton because, again IMO, conservatives will choose their principles over their candidate.
4 posted on 01/21/2004 9:09:08 AM PST by Spok
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To: xsmommy
. Disc jockeys like Howard Stern are already - unfairly, it should be said - playing Dean's diatribe against the soundtrack of Nuremberg rallies.

LOL....They'll be revisiting this discussion, after he wins New Hampshire......JFKs bounce will bring it close, but MadHow is fairly well known there, and NH hates a Front runner.

And Edwierd will drop off the Radar in NH, finishing 4th, or worse.....Then South Carolina, where Edweird, and Sharpton finish 1,2....

5 posted on 01/21/2004 9:11:56 AM PST by hobbes1 (Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "I know everything so you don't have to" ;)
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To: xsmommy
Hmmm...

I'm thinking Dean jumped the shark when he told a 66-year old retiree to "Sit down! You've had your say."

The screaming "victory" conniption the other night just confirmed it.
6 posted on 01/21/2004 9:15:27 AM PST by Choose Ye This Day (Then: "Ask not what your country can do for you" Now: "You sit down. You had your say.")
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To: .cnI redruM
I miss Dean already.
7 posted on 01/21/2004 9:15:39 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Leave Pat, Leave!)
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To: MNLDS
oh the angry little teapot was always just shy of going off, but this was a full topblowing moment, and THIS is what is getting the airplay....
8 posted on 01/21/2004 9:16:47 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: Spok
I pray Dean wins NH. The far left is just looney enough to do it , too.
9 posted on 01/21/2004 9:17:07 AM PST by mlbford2
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To: .cnI redruM
"YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAGGGHHHHHH!"

This could also turn into the Dean rally cry.

10 posted on 01/21/2004 9:17:24 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: .cnI redruM
This article is helpful because I've been hearing the term 'jumping the shark' and didn't know what it meant.
11 posted on 01/21/2004 9:19:32 AM PST by Cinnamon Girl
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To: Semper Paratus
Dean was just trying (again) to appeal to folks with Confederate flags on their pickup trucks. This was his lame attempt at a Rebel Yell.
12 posted on 01/21/2004 9:20:57 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (I'm having an apotheosis of freaking desuetude)
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To: .cnI redruM
"YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAGGGHHHHHH!" Very presidential. For a Democrat.

Has Gravitas too.

13 posted on 01/21/2004 9:21:37 AM PST by narby (The Greens, like the Nazis before them, are inordinate, i.e., there is no limit to their demands.)
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To: evad
BWAAHAHAHAHAH!
14 posted on 01/21/2004 9:22:14 AM PST by .cnI redruM (Iowa Headline - Kerry, Firefighters Hose Howard Dean!)
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To: ClearCase_guy
This was his lame attempt at a Rebel Yell.

If Ethan Allen and the 'Green Mountain' boys started the charge on Fort Ticonderoda with that yell they would have walked in while the Brits were doubled over with laughter.

But then again Dean is from NYC.

15 posted on 01/21/2004 9:29:50 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: .cnI redruM

What a
PERFECT
description of what Dean did Monday night.
16 posted on 01/21/2004 9:32:50 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat (I'm so glad to no longer be associated with the Party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: xsmommy

Some of you artistic types..add Howard Dean to this picture...please!
17 posted on 01/21/2004 9:34:00 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat (I'm so glad to no longer be associated with the Party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: .cnI redruM
Disc jockeys like Howard Stern are already - unfairly, it should be said - playing Dean's diatribe against the soundtrack of Nuremberg rallies.

Forget about Howard Stern. There were parts of Don Imus' Tuesday morning show that ought to be enshrined in the Radio Hall of Fame.

About the third time they played Dean's clip, they cut straight from Dean's "primordial scream" to the opening strains of Ozzy Osborne's "Crazy Train" -- which then cuts straight into a promo "jingle" for the Imus in the morning show. It went something like this . . .

[Dean]: "You know something? If you had told us one year ago that we were going to come in third in Iowa, we would have given anything for that. . . . Not only are we going to New Hampshire, we're going to South Carolina and Arizona and North Dakota and New Mexico, and 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! . . . YEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAGGGHHHHHH!" [Ozzy]: "ALL ABOAAAARRRRRRD - HA HA HA HA HA HA! . . . I- I- I- " [IMUS SHOW JINGLE]: "IMUS IN THE MORNING!!"

18 posted on 01/21/2004 9:34:09 AM PST by Alberta's Child (Alberta -- the TRUE North strong and free.)
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To: .cnI redruM
I hope Dean wins in NH.

He's nuts, but so is Clark. He's a liar, but so is Kerry. He's goofy, but so is Edwards. He can pander, but so can Joe. He's a demagogue, but so is Al. He's kooky, but so is Kookinich.

In other words, he's a perfect match for the Democrat electorate!

19 posted on 01/21/2004 9:36:15 AM PST by Gritty ("Dean is a sane man pretending to be crazy; Clark is a crazy man pretending to be sane-Mark Steyn)
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To: .cnI redruM
bump
20 posted on 01/21/2004 9:37:04 AM PST by Kermit the Frog Does theWatusi
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To: MNLDS
His arrogance is breathtaking. If he'd just apologize for one of his gaffes, he'd be alive.
21 posted on 01/21/2004 9:39:51 AM PST by AmishDude
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To: .cnI redruM
"YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAGGGHHHHHH!"

...he sounded like he meant to go to a proctologist but accidentally visited a chimney sweep instead..."

LOL!

22 posted on 01/21/2004 9:41:43 AM PST by Califelephant
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To: Kermit the Frog Does theWatusi
Great (if different) screen name.

Have you been away a while?
23 posted on 01/21/2004 9:41:56 AM PST by Choose Ye This Day (Then: "Ask not what your country can do for you" Now: "You sit down. You had your say.")
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To: Alberta's Child
Perfect! I can't laugh at that pile of deracinated Yuppie Scum enough. I detest Howard and his ofey, cheesy Dean Team. He revolts me utterly.
24 posted on 01/21/2004 9:42:05 AM PST by .cnI redruM (Iowa Headline - Kerry, Firefighters Hose Howard Dean!)
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To: Califelephant
I laughed for about 5 minutes at that one myself.
25 posted on 01/21/2004 9:42:38 AM PST by .cnI redruM (Iowa Headline - Kerry, Firefighters Hose Howard Dean!)
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To: Gritty
Yeah, Dean needs to win by about 2 points. Then, Kerry and Clark need to accuse him of cheating. That's the type of primary season I wish upon the So-Called Democratic Party.
26 posted on 01/21/2004 9:43:57 AM PST by .cnI redruM (Iowa Headline - Kerry, Firefighters Hose Howard Dean!)
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To: hobbes1
We'll see on Tuesday but I think Dr Dean is done. Anyone who has heard or seen that performance following the Iowa results will see him for the lunatic he is!
27 posted on 01/21/2004 9:44:25 AM PST by Rummyfan
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To: .cnI redruM

http://jumptheshark.com/

28 posted on 01/21/2004 9:47:10 AM PST by Ichneumon
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To: MNLDS
Dr. Dean clearly needs serious Sock Puppet Therapy, preferably in a sterile white padded cell. Maybe he and Michael Jackson can go in together and split the bill.
29 posted on 01/21/2004 9:47:14 AM PST by Kermit the Frog Does theWatusi
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To: Rummyfan
Dean is not done. He has far too much Money, and the Newly reduced DNC primary season is so short, that he is here for a while.

There is only one number that really counts. 62.8

That is the percentage of the 3500 delegates needed to nominate. 2 N.E. Liberals, and Two guys from the South, make gaining that Number a mighty tall order.

30 posted on 01/21/2004 9:47:52 AM PST by hobbes1 (Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "I know everything so you don't have to" ;)
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To: narby
Has Gravitas too. Very good.
31 posted on 01/21/2004 10:20:08 AM PST by TheGeezer
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To: hobbes1
That is very likely, which means that the RAT candidates will spend much of their war chests in trying to get the nomination. Ketchup Kerry will still have plenty of money, but as the process gets nastier and nastier the public image of all of them will suffer.
32 posted on 01/21/2004 10:23:14 AM PST by 91B (NCNG-C/Co 161st ASMB-deployed to theater since April 19th)
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To: .cnI redruM
Please help me to find a link to the video or audio of his speech where Diver Dean let's out the primal yell.

Thanks.
33 posted on 01/21/2004 10:24:52 AM PST by gathersnomoss
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To: Semper Paratus
Doesn't the troll in the film Cat's Eye yell something like that when it attacks Drew Barrymore's kitty cat?
34 posted on 01/21/2004 10:30:14 AM PST by Kermit the Frog Does theWatusi
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To: Kermit the Frog Does theWatusi
LOL!
35 posted on 01/21/2004 10:48:14 AM PST by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: hobbes1
Wonder how Al Gore feels about his stake horse now.

That guy can pick a loser from a mile away. And endorse him.
36 posted on 01/21/2004 10:49:03 AM PST by kinghorse
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To: Ichneumon
Speaking of "jumping the shark," I've been wondering about the exact moment that SNL did it...

I'm positive they have, and I know it had to have been in the last few seasons (possibly last season), just can't pinpoint when EXACTLY. This is going to bother me all day now.
37 posted on 01/21/2004 11:20:51 AM PST by GiveEmDubya
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To: Brad Cloven
NOOOOOOO!!! we don't want Dean to go away. Dean needs to be there to provide the entertainment value for this election season ;).
38 posted on 01/21/2004 12:20:29 PM PST by Toidylop
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To: GiveEmDubya
It occurred the week after the Steve Martin did his "let's get small skit" back in 1978.
39 posted on 01/21/2004 2:28:48 PM PST by Tribune7 (Vote Toomey April 27)
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bump to read later.
40 posted on 01/21/2004 2:44:25 PM PST by meema
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