Dean's play of the race card seems off base to me. Apparently he is not aware that Colin Powell is not white . . . Condoleezza Rice is not white . . . Clarence Thomas is not white. All three seem more successful than any minority Democrat since Thurgood Marshall.
Marshall, of course, was the last African-American Democrat to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court where Thomas now serves. Thomas, a Republican, was appointed by another member of the "white" party, George H.W. Bush. Democrat Bill Clinton, by the way, appointed two of the nine current justices and, last I checked, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer are both white.
Powell and Rice, arguably, are more "successful" than any other African-Americans in history. As Secretary of State, Powell was and Rice now is fourth in line to the presidency. Since there has never been a minority President, Vice President, Speaker of the House, or President pro tempore of the Senate, and never before a black Secretary of State, these two Republicans rose higher than any minority Democrat ever did. And one of them is "even" a woman.
I also find it a bit ironic in this context that the white man directly ahead of Condoleezza Rice in the order of presidential succession is Senator Robert Byrd is a former Ku Klux Klan member, recruiter, and "Exalted Cyclops." But Byrd doesn't belong to the "white" party . . . he's a Democrat.
Powell, Rice, and Thomas are not the only minority Republicans who have achieved great success. They are simply three great examples to refute Howard Dean's latest stupid comments.