Sunday, January 10, 2010
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In a soon-to-be-released book about the 2008 Presidential campaign, Harry Reid is quoted as saying that what he liked about Obama was the fact that he was "light-skinned," and spoke with "no Negro dialect...except when he wanted to have one."
Harry, Harry, Harry - where do we even start? With your assertion that light-skinned African-Americans are somehow superior to those who are dark-skinned? With your use of the word "Negro" in 2008? Or how about your twin assertions that Obama is appealing because he doesn't sound black when speaking to the power brokers...but he disingenuously assumes a "Negro dialect" when it's politically useful?
Sadly, what we really have here is a peek behind the curtains at the politics of racial gamesmanship, and rare insight into the cynical attitude of the Democratic leadership towards African-Americans.
Bonus: The same book says that Teddy Kennedy had a falling out with Bill Clinton in 2008, after Clinton said of Obama "a few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee."