Thursday, September 04, 2008

A Second Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Two years ago, Georgia Congressman Lynn Westmoreland appeared on The Colbert Report's "Better Know A District." Westmoreland had proposed a bill to display the Ten Commandments in the House of Representatives. Colbert asked him to name all ten:

Now, the same Lynn Westmoreland has called Barack and Michelle Obama uppity:

"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 said.

Asked to clarify that he used the word “uppity,” Westmoreland said, “Uppity, yeah.”

Other Democrats have charged that the Republican campaign to paint the Illinois senator as an “elitist” is racially charged, and accused them of using code words for “uppity” without using the word itself...

Political consultant David Gergen, who has worked in both Republican and Democratic White Houses, said on ABC’s "This Week" that “As a native of the south, I can tell you, when you see this Charlton Heston ad, 'The One,' that's code for, 'He's uppity, he ought to stay in his place.' Everybody gets that who is from a Southern background.”

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