Thursday, September 4, 2008

Republicons Use Racist Language (Again) to Describe Obama

Lynn Westmoreland, Republicon of Georgia has referred to the Obamas using classically racist language. In April, Kentucky Republicon Geoff Davis (Geoff as in Jeff as in Jefferson?) referred to Obama with similarly racist language: "That boy's finger does not need to be on the button."

From the McClatchy story:
A Republican lawmaker is facing criticism over using the racially charged term "uppity" to describe Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, on Thursday.

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia used the word in a conversation with reporters just outside the House chamber about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Michelle Obama.

According to The Hill newspaper, a Washington publication, Westmoreland said, "Just from what little I've seen of her and Mr. Obama, Sen. Obama, they're a member of an elitist-class individual that thinks that they're uppity."

Westmoreland has distinguished himself in other ways:

- 2005: distributed a memo to fellow members of Congress. The memo copied verbatim points lobbied for by the auto industry.

- Co-sponsored a bill to place the Ten Commandments in the House and in the Senate. Yet, when he appeared on the Colbert show, was only able to name three of those Commandments (presumably the three he's violated).

- Dropped out of college (frankly, that doesn't mean much).

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