Suddenly the idea that there might be a racial component in the opposition to President Barack Obama is popping up everywhere: Maureen Dowd and her buddies brought it up in a Sunday op-ed, Politico has a piece on the growing consensus among Democrats that it is, in fact, the case, and even Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), whose “You lie!” outburst provided the moment of clarity by which so many people were able to finally say, “Oh, yeah, I get it now, it’s racism,” was forced to respond to the difficult question.
No, no. Hey, I respect the president. Actually, there’s a relationship, in a way. His wife — her family’s from Georgetown. My family’s from next door in McClellanville. So I have a great respect for the Obama family.
Well, okay! We all know that if black people live nearby you can’t be racist against them. I mean, hell, this is South Carolina we’re talking about. Everyone’s practically family.