Wait a minute, Ramesh. You are no doubt correct that Dean’s comments were hyperbole and made to make a somewhat comical point. But they are based on a fairly stereotypical premise that blacks are likely to be found washing dishes and bussing tables. If a Republican had come close to making this sort of comment, he’d be slaughtered. I’m not sure whether it was a planned line or not — given that Dean’s best line on the stump was exposed as a Carvilleism during the summer, it’s hard to tell. But it is clearly indicative of a double standard here. That said, Republicans calling for an apology here is absurd. If an apology is owed, it is owed to the black community, who can speak for themselves as to whether they are offended.