SETTING THE AGENDA….I realize it might not be helpful to point this out, but I was amused to see that the Washington Post’s trivia question for today is “What percentage of Republicans are white Christians?”

Does it help or hurt Democrats for the media to be focusing on this? I guess it depends on what people think of when they hear the phrase “white Christians.” If they think “intolerant fundamentalists,” then it probably helps. If they think “hey, I’m a white Christian,” then it probably hurts. I’m not really sure, myself.

But Howard Dean sure does have a powerful influence on the political chattering classes, doesn’t he? He’ll be a powerful force for good if he’s careful.

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