Jenkins Sticks Big White Foot in Mouth

U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins offered encouragement to conservatives at a town hall forum that the Republican Party would embrace a “great white hope” capable of thwarting the political agenda endorsed by Democrats who control Congress and President Barack Obama.

Well, she doesn’t really have any way out of this comment. She’s either

  1. A Racist
  2. Ignorant
  3. A little of both

The phrase “Great White Hope” was, of course, originally used when white sports fans badly wanted to see the defeat of black boxer Jack Johnson. But, who can blame her, she’s been oppressed for … like, 8 months or something. Things are pretty hard.

Mary Geiger, a spokeswoman for Jenkins, said the reference to a great white hope wasn’t meant to denote a preference by Jenkins for politicians of a particular “race, creed or any background.”

Which is, of course, complete and total bullshit. See, the term “Great White Hope” has the word “white” right in the phrase itself. It doesn’t take a secret handshake to figure it out.

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