"You think the Republican National Committee could get this many people of color in a single room? Only if they had the hotel staff in here... We have to never be afraid to say what we believe"
- Howard Dean addressing the Congressional Black Caucasus
A fun conservative game to play is "what if a republican had said this". Imagine if the head of the RNC, Ken Mehlman, threw out this joke at a meeting? After Robert Byrd (D-KKK) was done laughing, he would run to the nearest camera to decry the Mehlman and the GOP as the party of racists and bigots. The media would jump all over it and call for an investigation, Jesse Jackson would march.
But since it was the Democratic Golden Child (Dean).....nothing
Update: Ken Mehlman called Dean's joke "racist". (hat tip - Oxen)
Update: Former Congressman J.C. Watts and Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele issue a statement on Dean's comments.
Update: Charles Rangel (D-NY) says Dean should apologize
Newsday prints the story from the AP
Slant Point points to Dean's other racist moments
Confessions of a Political Junkie reports
RightSided posts the quote
Hube's Cube checks in
Even harpists are upset over this quote