A few YouTube uploaders see a connection between Iggy's rousing "Rise up!" oratory at a town hall, in response to a Grit supporter in the crowd who asked the leader why he insists on being so calm and nice, and Howard Dean's over-the-top exhortation to the troops on losing the 2004 New Hampshire primary.
This is a cheap shot that only folks oblivious to nuance and context would attempt to viralize.
Actually, the only, slight, issue with Iggy's agreeable, controlled passion is that Toronto band Parachute Club's 1983 hit "Rise Up" happens to have been Layton's theme of several campaigns past. "We loved it, obviously, or we wouldn't have used it so much," Layton told me. "But it did get to the point where the media - and frankly some of our own people - were begging me to retire it. You play any tune too much and it becomes monotonous."
With an accompanying video shot entirely on the streets of Toronto, "Rise Up" remains among the most uplifting, inspirational tunes in pop history.