Here's the quote from the article I like the best:
Karen Finney, a spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee, objected to Cheney's characterization of Dean. "End Slice:
Governor Dean must be doing something right if the vice president of the United States would stoop so low as to use the governor's mother as a way to deflect from answering the concerns of the American people," Finney said Sunday. "It's no wonder President Bush's approval ratings are at an all-time low."
Dean's remarks remind me of the flick, Bulworth - saying it like it is often strikes a blow to the hearts and minds of folks in the wrong. That they doth protest so much, perhaps Dean isn't too far off the mark. That said, Dean is has gone out on a limb, but as Brother Malcolm would say, the extreme view point is very necessary as it makes the middle look more palatable.
A better interpretation of the whole Dean boondoggle is articulated in John Carrol's article.
Most Americans are neither ultraconservative nor superrich, and they are interested in hearing the truth. The Democrats should be interested in telling the truth, and telling it in a strong and convincing manner. They cannot flinch when the White House does one of its "gay marriage booga booga" dances. Be not afraid, Democrats. This is not an occasion in which the meek will inherit the earth. Speak for the people, because the people need you to end the madness.