Crazy Howard in the Mix

Remixes of Dean's amped-up Iowa speech were the online flava of the week

A question: Has the scream and its aftermath destroyed Howard Dean?

Ozdemir -- a Dean supporter -- says no. "All our politicians are scripted and gay," he reasons. "They just don't let it go. The reason I like Dean is he just doesn't give a damn. He says the first thing that pops in his head, which I think is nice. Even if he loses and fails miserably, I still think that shouldn't disappear."

Strong, the staunch conservative, obviously feels otherwise: "This is kinda his final over-the-top, go-out-with-a-bang demise." That opinion is shared by Michael Green, a 52-year-old consultant and engineering part-timer responsible for the Ozzy Osbourne "Crazy Train" Dean remix currently housed on Ozdemir's site and Green's own FarmGolf.com.

Green, who's not entirely comfortable with the phrase the Grandfather of the Remixers -- "Well, I'm not a grandfather, so you can't call me that" -- admits to a somewhat nefarious agenda. "If I can help Howard go down, I guess I would get a little bit of enjoyment out of it," he admits. "We're kinda taking odds...we're figurin' Wes Clark is gonna be the next one to make a major mistake. We'll see what happens. When it does, I'll see if I can't come up with somethin' else."

As will everyone with a decent computer, a slight political bent and nothing to do for the next, oh, say, fifteen minutes. "I wish I was getting calls from ABC for doing something really cool," Barlow laments as he tidies up his house. "I sorta feel like I'm getting calls from ABC for doing something that really anyone could do, if they tried to."

Say what you want about Dean's politics, but he's certainly been an inspiration.

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