Listen to Episode 23 of Whistlestop:
After a meteoric rise to the top of the polls, Howard Dean’s presidential campaign famously flamed out in January 2004. It’s often attributed to Dean’s overexuberant speech to supporters following his disappointing finish in that year’s Iowa caucuses. But in this episode of Whistlestop, John Dickerson explains why the seeds of Dean’s demise were present almost from the campaign’s beginning.
Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential campaign history. Hosted by our political correspondent and Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson, each installment revisits a memorable (though sometimes forgotten) moment from America’s quadrennial carnival.
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