And one final thought: we don't believe that the Bud-I will be running. He's having too much fun tearing everyone else to shreds. (Disclosure: P&J regularly appear on The Buddy Cianci Show on WPRO-AM radio). But, the idea that he could prevail in a three-way race against Patrick Kennedy at his most vulnerable in years and John Loughlin, a state representative from Little Compton/Tiverton/Portsmouth with a fairly low name recognition, is not unthinkable.


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) made a rather foolish statement about his belief that Barack Obama stood a good chance of being elected president because he was "light skinned" and had "no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one" (whatever that means). It was not exactly a blatantly racist statement, just a stupid white guy comment. It has been compared by some to the comments former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott's (R-Mississippi) made on the occasion of the late Strom Thurmond's birthday.

That there is any comparison between the two is absurd. The point of Lott's comments — that America would have been better off if the country had been more accepting of Thurmond's point of view at the time that he was running for President on a third party ticket — should be obvious. Thurmond was wholly identified with the concept of "Segregation Forever." While Thurmond's anchor was the concept of "states' rights," the state right that he was most concerned about was the right to impose racial segregation.

Therefore, the only logical conclusion one could make of Lott's comment was that America would have been better off if the country had rejected integration efforts and maintained a system where African-Americans were legally denied equal rights in those states that desired to keep that despicable system in place.

Perhaps Lott just wanted to kiss Strom's buttocks. But the only practical interpretation of his words were just this: segregation was a good system and America was better off denying rights to a specific group of people.

On the other hand, what Harry Reid said was that Obama (whom he supported for president) had a better chance of winning than a lot of other people of color because of his lightness of hue and the fact that he didn't have a stereotypical "Negro dialect." It's hard to say if this is "sad but true" but, regardless it was a dumb-ass thing for some white guy to say.

One statement is actually racist, the other is just monumentally dumb. There's a big difference and, if you can't tell the difference, you are obviously seriously lacking in intelligence. That many Republicans are trying to make hay with this once again indicates that they will grab onto anything to attack Democrats, to try to divide and conquer and obstruct and deny those elected to office the ability to make changes.

Democrats may have a lot to answer for, but at least they are not relentlessly despicable, idiotic, and complicit in distorting all political dialogue.


Your superior correspondents note with some sadness the passing of Tavern On the Green in New York City. Jorge dined there only once but it was, indeed, a memorable experience. The occasion was the wedding of Bridget LeRoy, whose father, the late Warner LeRoy, owned the joint.

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