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Friday, August 15, 2003


WP on Dean's Music Stint

posted by G at Friday, August 15, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Wow, you can't buy press like this! It starts off:
Howard Dean, the man suspected of being too liberal, too untested, too dovish or too cranky to be elected president, quoted another obstacle to his campaign tonight: the specter of public humiliation.

The former Vermont governor is approaching a musty blues club, where he has threatened to play a set of blues tunes on guitar and harmonica. And about 150 people are waiting inside, threatening to watch him.

Dean has taken lessons in neither harmonica nor guitar. He taught himself to play both instruments years ago, and has played in public only once before (at a folly put on by Vermont legislators).

He has had no time to practice for this gig. He just met the man he'll be playing with, blues musician and Iowa native Mike "Hawkeye" Herman, about an hour before. They jammed for a few minutes back at campaign headquarters (Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" and the Animals' "House of the Rising Sun"). Now Dean is shaking his head as he walks into Blues on Grand, a low-ceilinged and dark room just west of downtown.

"This is a very frightening thing," Dean says. "This could be worse than that debate in South Carolina."
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