Hillary Clinton's former Campaign Chair Terry McAuliffe is
insisting there's no bad blood between Bill Clinton and Barack Obama despite a
report that Clinton said Obama can "kiss my ass." McAuliffe told CNN, "This man doesn't stay mad. He can get mad for 24 hours. It's his Irish ancestry."
His "Irish ancestry." Right. Imagine how that would play if someone said something disparaging about Barack Obama and followed it up with, "Well, he's black - and you know how they are." Or how about New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg getting panned for budget issues: "Well, he's a Jew - and you know how they are." Unimaginable!
So I guess this is my question of the day. If anybody knows, please tell me. Why is one OK but the other is not?
This is obviously an identity issue, and a hugely charged one at that. I'm just mystified at the juxtaposition of acceptable and unacceptable forms of racial stereotyping. I can' t believe I'm just noticing it now. I guess that just shows you how ingrained it is.
But then again, I'm half Irish and half German. And you know how they are.