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From Don Imus, defender of African Americans: "I meant he was being picked on because he's black." That's how the radio jock explained his comment about the half dozen arrests of suspended Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam Jones. "What color is he?" Imus had asked. When told that Jones is African-American, Imus said, "Well, there you go. Now we know."
What do we know?
On the same day, Karl Rove described Obama as a "coolly arrogant" country club elitist before an audience who'd know about country clubs and elitists: Republican insiders at a Capitol Hill Club breakfast.
"Even if you never met him, you know this guy," Rove said, according to ABC. "He's the guy at the country club with the beautiful date, holding a martini and a cigarette that stands against the wall and makes snide comments about everyone who passes by."
Just picture that - Barack Obama, bi-racial son of an African dad and a single white mom, a former community organizer/Democratic vote getter in Chicago - now an arrogant country club guy with martini making snide comments at passers by? And that's entertaining for its reach, and politically lethal for a presidential campaign.
Rove added McCain "needs to come right at him," ABC reported, apparently just as Rove did.
Obama predicted this kind of attack with his own preemptive shot at Republicans: “We know what kind of campaign they’re going to run,” he told Florida fundraisers on Friday. “They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. ‘He’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black?’"
Nearly half of white Americans say race relations are in bad shape, according to to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Sunday. Three in 10 acknowledge feeling racial prejudice. (There was no way to count those who feel but don't acknowledge racial prejudice.)
So... anyone who thinks that Obama's presumptive victory in the Democratic primary means we're in a post-racial America might want to think again.
Race will play the falling knife in this... race. And you can bet your country club membership, we're just getting started.
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