If you paused your Director's Cut of Remember the Titans to read this piece, I've got some bad news for you: There are racists in our midst.
Specifically they're in Western Pennsylvania, at least according to that region's Congressman, Jack Murtha. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports…
"There's no question Western Pennsylvania is a racist area," said Mr. Murtha, whose district stretches from Johnstown to Washington County. "The older population is more hesitant."…
It hasn't been easy for Mr. Obama to build a base across the state, Mr. Murtha said, despite the Illinois senator being "one of the most brilliant organizers I've ever seen." Part of the reason is that Mr. Obama is a minority candidate, he said, but recently voters seem to be putting that issue aside.
This comes on the heels of Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell telling the paper earlier this year, "I think there are some whites who are probably not ready to vote for an African-American candidate."
Well the racists have fought back hard against both Murtha (for calling them out) and Rendell (for being Jewish.) This has resulted in a Murtha apology, wherein he still implies his constituents are racist…
Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha, a supporter of Barack Obama's presidential bid, apologized Thursday for calling western Pennsylvania "a racist area."
"While we cannot deny that race is a factor in this election, I believe we've been able to look beyond race these past few months, and that voters today are concerned with the policy differences of our two candidates and their vision for the future of our great country," he said in a statement issued by his office.
A nice gesture, but Murtha's constituents are probably already decided about the presidential election and the fate of Murtha himself. At the end of the day, he will have to let the racists be racists.
And really, is it so bad that they want to elect John McCain simply for being Panamanian?
Tags: Ed Rendell, House of Representatives, John Murtha, Panama, Pennsylvania