And that is where it can be said that the Democratic leadership doesn't get it. Though we may sit ensconced in one of the bluest of blue states, the basic Democratic message since Clinton left office is considerably out of step with the majority of the country. Furthermore, when it is abundantly clear that Democrats need to moderate their message, particularly on social issues, to appeal to heartland America, they install Howard Dean as their mouthpiece who regularly mocks the very people to whom Democrats need to appeal. Giving Howard Dean a microphone to help solve the Democrats' image problem is like throwing gasoline on a brush fire to try to put it out.