It's getting more bizarre by the hour in Illinois as the race-baiting Congressman Bobby Rush let fly another salvo at Harry Reid and the senate, comparing Democrats to George Wallace Bull Connor for "standing in the doorway" barring racial progress:
"You know, the recent history of our nation has shown us that sometimes there could be individuals and there could be situations where schoolchildren -- where you have officials standing in the doorway of schoolchildren," Rush said. "You know, I'm talking about all of us back in 1957 in Little Rock, Ark. I'm talking about George Wallace, Bull Connor and I'm sure that the U.S. Senate don't want to see themselves placed in the same position." Rush, a former Black Panther gang member and close ally of Mayor Daley, used rather colorful language to castigate Harry Reid at yesterday's press conference announcing Blago's choice of Burris for senator by alluding to the denial of Burris's appointment as a lynching:
We need to have not just one African-American in the U.S. Senate, we need to have many African-Americans in the U.S. Senate, " he said, calling the Burress choice an issue of "tremendous national importance, and asked listeners "not to hang or lynch the appointee as you try to castigate the appointor."
And just to prove he's got this race card thing down pat, Rush made another plea for appointing a black senator based solely on his race on CBS this morning. That brought this response from African-American Atlantic blogger Ta-Nahesi Coates:
Here's Rush arguing for the importance of a black senator. To which I respond--Nigga, please!!
I don't know if I've shifted politically or what. But after watching a black man named Barack Obama--who couldn't get into the Democratic convention eight years ago--win Virginia, North Carolina, New Mexico and Colorado, my tolerance for Negroes claiming that we need an appointment like this--in this kind of situation--is zilch.
Look, I say this as a black dude obviously concerned about race in this country. If you want a black senator go out and do the work to get yourself one. Build the organizations, build the fund-raising, do a black version of Emily's List, if need be. At some point, you have to stop bitching about the track. You have to stop bitching about your hand-me-down spikes. At some point, you just have to go out and run. I have little tolerance for the racial grievances of upper-middle class blacks. Do for your damn self, and speak for your damn self. Keep my name out your mouth.
I think that just about covers it.