But what if he was black? I think you'll see some version of this story from The Hill in tomorrow's state newspapers:
Georgia Republican Rep. Lynn Westmoreland used the racially-tinged term "uppity" to describe Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama Thursday.
Westmoreland was discussing vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's speech with reporters outside the House chamber and was asked to compare her with Michelle Obama.
"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.
Here's hoping that the dialogue coming from having a woman running for vice president and a mixed-race man running for president will drag us closer to the day when words are just words.
When racism is dead and racist intentions are no longer assumed.
UPDATE: You know, when we live all together, in a gumdrop house on lollipop lane.*
Congressman Westmoreland, I believe the word you were looking for was "snob."
At least, it better have been. Probably.