Maxspeaks about Dean's comment
It speaks a shade of something Michael Moore talked about the other night that perked my ears. There is a tendency for liberals to lean toward exclusivity as in, 'Oh, you voted for Reagan? We don't want you",
or something as silly as an abortion stance being the deciding factor in a candidate's viability.
There are much bigger issues to consider, issues that go way beyond personal choice, or a flag. Embracing the bigger issues and the voters who consider them should be the focus. Dean said, "White folks in the South who drive pickup trucks with Confederate flag decals on the back ought to be voting with us, and not [Republicans], because their kids don't have health insurance either, and their kids need better schools too."
I lived in South Carolina. The Confederate flag issue is really a rather petty issue within the big picture that will go away in time if the kids are allowed access to good schools. Granted, a lot of parents there are pro-voucher, but a quality public system, with recognized diversity is still the desired education by most parents. For liberals to escalate the flag as a dividing line isn't productive. Inclusive tolerance works both ways.
posted by Cyndy