During the last presidential primaries, I argued on the Grinnell class of 76 listserv that as Governor of Vermont Dean was probably on the fringes of some of the great demographic changes sweeping the country. He probably would have less appreciation for diversity of any of the candidates then running. Dean struck me as guy who would be uncomfortable oustide his own professional-middle-class cohort.
Here's an essay by a student from the University of Chicago in response to Dean's comments on seeking the Confederate Flag vote in his bid for the Democratic nomination. It reflects how out of tune Dean is with American people.