Said Andrea Mitchell on NBC’s Today Show this morning, reporting on the protracted Democratic primary:

Critics blame [Howard] Dean for creating the calendar and rules that led to the Michigan and Florida debacle, and they say his inability to broker a deal stems partly from his own weakness as a politician.

And what clip do you think NBC used as visual shorthand representing what “critics” call Dean’s “weakness as a politician?”

Think: Sleeves rolled up. Finger - and now fist — in the air. Face reddening.

Yup, The Dean Scream. (A “weakness”/caricature created by the media.)

So, “Who’s The Boss [of the Democratic Party]?” per the chyron accompanying Mitchell’s report.

A shrieking, unhinged loser!

Liz Cox Barrett is a freelance writer and graphic designer in Kalispell, Montana. She worked as a newspaper journalist in Denver and Kalispell for 20 years.