WE….ARE….OUTRAGED!….Howard Dean, speaking to the Democratic Black Caucus on Friday:

“You think the Republican National Committee could get this many people of color in a single room?,” Dean asked to laughter. “Only if they had the hotel staff in here.”

All the blacks who were actually in the room at the time seemed to get a kick out of Dean’s remark, but today a couple of black Republicans tried to crank up the wheezing old conservative outrage machine one more time over his “racially, insensitive and intolerable remarks.” I shall allow nonwhite conservative writer Ramesh Ponnuru to answer them:

Give me a break. Dean is saying, hyperbolically, that there aren’t many blacks or other nonwhites in the Republican party. He’s right. I’ve been to many, many Republican dinners where most nonwhites present have been serving the food. (Or giving the keynote.) If Republicans are bothered when people make that observation, they should try to make it less true.

I especially liked the “or giving the keynote” parenthetical. Way to twist the knife, Ramesh.

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