Senator Barack Obama…
Senator Barack Obama is coming out against Howard Dean’s latest case of foot-in-mouth.

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) criticized Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean Wednesday night for using “religion to divide.”

Obama told reporters gathered at the Rock the Vote awards dinner at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., that Dean needs to tone down his rhetoric. Dean said on Monday that the Republican Party was “pretty much a white, Christian party.”

“As somebody who is a Christian myself, I don’t like it when people use religion to divide, whether that is Republican or Democrat,” Obama said. “I think in terms of his role as party spokesman, [Dean] probably needs to be a little more careful and I suspect that is a message he is going to be getting from a number of us,” Obama explained.

Other Democrats have criticized it as well, but Obama is seen by many to be part of the future of the Democratic Party, and his words would, I think, carry more weight. If the future of the party doesn’t like where the party’s going, it’s really time to reconsider who’s driving.

Terry McAuliffe was there, too, and he’s his usual blindly partisan self, who has trouble seeing reality.

Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, also attending the Rock the Vote event, empathized with Dean.

“I was [DNC] chairman for four years — it’s a tough job — he’s doing a great job,” McAuliffe told Cybercast News Service.

“I gave one piece of advice [to Dean]. I said ‘Howard, you are about to become a human fire hydrant,'” McAuliffe said, referring to a conversation he had with Dean before he became DNC chairman.

Sorry, but I think Dean’s on the other end of that metaphor.

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