Yesterday former Secretary of State Colin Powell told illegal magazine toter and Meet the Press host David Gregory that the Republican Party is having an "identity crisis" and said there is a "dark vein of intolerance" inside the GOP. He accused leaders in the Party of using "code words" to put down minorities as if his own "dark vein" reference wasn't code for something. He predictably slammed Sarah Palin and portrayed birthers as an influentail sector of the Republican Party (they're not).
On the birther thing, I'd like to remind Powell it was Hillary Clinton's people who started that whole thing. I'd also like to remind Powell that White House Press Secretary Jay Carney must also have a "dark vein of intolerance" because he has used the phrase "shuck and jive."
White House press secretary Jay Carney at the beginning of his Wednesday briefing reacts after bringing out the wrong notebook: "Sorry. I'm going to shuck and jive! Time to shuck and jive."
Sarah Palin has already responded to the faux outrage over her "shuck and jive" comments.
For the record, there was nothing remotely racist in my use of the phrase "shuck and jive" – a phrase which many people have used, including Chris Matthews, Andrew Cuomo, and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney to name a few off the top of my head. In fact, Andrew Cuomo also used the phrase in reference to Barack Obama, and the fact that Mr. Cuomo and I used the phrase in relation to President Obama signifies nothing out of the ordinary. I would have used the exact same expression if I had been writing about President Carter, whose foreign policy rivaled Obama’s in its ineptitude, or about the Nixon administration, which was also famously rocked by a cover-up.
I’ve been known to use the phrase most often when chastising my daughter Piper to stop procrastinating and do her homework. As she is part Yup’ik Eskimo, I’m not sure if this term would be deemed offensive when it’s directed at her or if it would be considered benign as in the case of Chris Matthews’ use of it in reference to Rachel Maddow. Just to be careful, from now on I’ll avoid using it with Piper, and I would appreciate it if the media refrained from using words and phrases like igloo, Eskimo Pie, and “when hell freezes over,” as they might be considered offensive by my extended Alaska Native family.
The outrageously outraged reaction to this expression from perennial hypocrites like Chris Matthews has only made me laugh. Mr. Matthews, let me share with you my favorite Irish toast: “May we always be happy, and may our enemies always know it.”
- Sarah Palin
One final note, when Powell implies using the word "lazy" is somehow racist, he must be fogetting President Obama describes himself as lazy.
“There is a deep down, underneath all the work I do, I think there’s a laziness in me,” Obama said in his interview with Barbara Walters that airs Friday night on ABC.