Was it the kiss of Al Gore that did in (or almost) Howard Dean? Was it the Iowa screech? Was it the fact that Dean, supposedly Mr. Regular Guy, hubristically entreated Terry McAuliffe, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, to ask other Democratic candidates to back off and just let Dean win the damned primaries?
Christopher Hitchens investigates in the WSJ's Opinion Journal, which very subtly supplied a cartoon of Dean looking like a Nazi storm trooper. Onward to Wisconsin!
Note: In re-examining the cartoon, I may have been a bit unkind to the WSJ; Dean perhaps doesn't look so much like a storm trooper, though that raised hand looks a tad suspicious, as an aspiring Huey Long.