A DNC spokesman "scrambled to soften" the blow by saying that what Dean meant was "Republican leadership" is all white Christian.
Okay, still true. But that just let's the Reeps volley back with "see, even the DNC has to cop to the fact that our membership is diverse. We've got more color than ever!"
We can't win for losing can we? Too soft, too hard. How much longer will we Dems allow ourselves to be Goldilocksed into submission?
Predictably, GOP spin is running rampant on the issue:
"I'm thrilled he's the DNC chair,'' says Tom Del Becarro, chairman of the Contra Costa County Republican Party. "Howard Dean is scaring away the middle. People don't like angry people. They like hopeful people.''Really? They like hopeful people? Funny, most of what you peddle is fear. Do people like scare people too? How about people who are hopeful that scary things will happen - no, check that - who are hopeful that people will fear scary things will happen - so they can stay in power?
And then there's helpful Joe Biden:
Still, the words brought sharp rebukes from fellow Democrats such as Biden, who said on Sunday that Dean "doesn't speak for me ... and I don't think he speaks for the majority of Democrats."Tap, tap. Excuse me, Mr. Biden, sir, [through clenched teeth] off-message.
And the last food for thought - Garry South on Dean's role:
Garry South, a leading Democratic strategist, said of Dean, "The only thing we can hope is that he understands the difference from being a shadow president to being the head of the party when we're out of office.''Still mulling this one.
His job is to "get the Democratic Party ready for the next election,'' South said. But "if he views himself as the public face of the Democratic Party, then we have a problem.''
Howard, I'm a pragmatist, but as long as you're saying something, I'm willing to keep believing it's better than nothing. There is a danger in appearing "shrill, angry, and dismissive of all things Republican," as one commentator offered, it's the possible consequence of presenting yourself as smarter and better able to run the country. But at the same time, don't we have to believe we are smarter and better able to run the country? If not smarter as a matter of IQ or accomplishment, just smarter in the sense that we're taking a better look at things, offering more reasonable plans. That's the kind of confidently offered GOP-alternative we need to be. Just saying we're different but no better wins us nothing. Hells yeah we're smarter about things. Doesn't make the GOP stupid (most of them, anyway), but it means we're being smarter about leading.
Well, at least, that's the goal.