Here’s a comment I posted on Kos:
Dean’s big weakness
Ireally like Dean. Overall, I think his strategy of "the best defense isa good offense" is absolutely right on. But he needs to get smarterwhen it comes to religion — and that means listening to people likeJim Wallis and Michael Lernerabout how to address this issue in a more subtle and accurate way. Iknow that subtle is not his style … but still, it’s important for himto get this one right. I know he’s trying, and I hope he’ll keeplistening.
The one time when I really thought that Dean didn’t have it to be acandidate for President was when — after saying he knew a lot aboutthe Bible — he said that Job was his favorite New Testament book. Ugh,ugh, ugh. It was arrogant and factually wrong about something that heshould know about as a matter of history and literature, not to mentionfaith. [Apparently he later corrected himself after realizing that he was just recycling his pre-fab Bible answer … make of that what you will.]
So yeah, if he had said "white fundamentalists", his point would havebeen that much sharper, and more accurate. There are a lot more "whiteChristians" out there than "white fundamentalists", after all — and weneed (and hope to deserve) their votes, too.
Overall, though, I’m happy to see him being willing to take some lumpsin the service of landing some blows on the Republicans. And let’s beclear — the more his quotes get out into the public consciousness, themore they will stick to the Republicans. That’s why you’ve got to bepolitically aggressive with these guys. After all, they’re not going togive us any quarter.
So, I guess I graciously part company with David and the Troll on Dean’s effectiveness. Yes, he’s attracting attention to himself. But he’s not running for office, so I think it’s good that the themes he brings up are discussed at all in the public sphere: voting rights; diversity; corruption, etc.
So, I think he’s a net positive — even with the controversy he creates. It may be the sort of thing where there’s no such thing as bad publicity.