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January 26, 2006

Campaign Manager Fired After "Racist" Comment

Oh, for the love of everything holy. This isn't racism!

A gubernatorial candidate challenging pro football Hall of Famer Lynn Swann in the Republican primary fired his campaign manager after the man told a televised call-in show: “The rich white guy in this campaign is Lynn Swann.”

I'm much more interested in Swann for governor than this Scranton feller, but please! That's not racist! It may be dumb, and there's no way to sell it ("I'm really the poor black guy in this contest") but how is it racist to attempt to impugn a black guy by likening him to a rich white guy?

If anything, it's racist against whites, but of course it's not that either. It was just some dumb spin that has no chance of convincing anyone. But offensive? Racist? Give me a break.

This isn't even the insulting "Uncle Tom"/"Oreo" thing. He's just trying (absurdly) to take away Swann's underdog status by reminding everyone he's rich and not disadvantaged at all.

How. Freaking. Stupid. The cause of tolerance is not served by trivializing "racism" down to absurd levels.

Audio at the link above.

Meanwhile... Another rich white guy intends to challenge former Klansman Robert C. Byrd.

John Raese, 55, said he would campaign on a platform touting free enterprise and reduced regulation, among other issues. "What I'm going to run on is a rebirth of capitalism," he said.

...

Though four other Republicans are running in the party primary, the GOP committee called Raese "the first financially credible opponent Byrd has faced since 1982."

Robert C. Byrd immediately announced, "I am the real poor black man running in this race... the true vine-swingin' savage of the darkest jungles of Africa, threatening to taint the American nation with my mongrelized blood."

Barack Obama immediately called him "a great man for identifying so closely with black folks."


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