…or so the ScaryRightWing Crosswalk would have you believe:

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.

Anybody want to bet Obama comes back to clarify his statement and use the clarification to take a shot at the partisan hacks who write this kind of crap?

Anybody want to challenge him to do just that?

[Update]: Slightly OT, but oh well: the Rude Pundit has his own take on Dean. Warning: as Atrios says, the RP does live up to his name.

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