For Dowd, that he thought Obama was being deceptive didn’t just make Wilson emotionally angry-he was reverting to his true Southern, segregationist self. Continues Dowd:
“The congressman, we learned, belonged to the Sons of Confederate Veterans, led a 2000 campaign to keep the Confederate flag waving above South Carolina’s state Capitol and denounced as a ‘smear’ the true claim of a black woman that she was the daughter of Strom Thurmond, the ‘48 segregationist candidate for president. Wilson clearly did not like being lectured and even rebuked by the brainy black president presiding over the majestic chamber.”
There you have it. Wilson is not only a Southerner, but a proud one who blindly defended the honor of a decades-long senator who was as revered in South Carolina as Ted Kennedy was in Massachusetts, someone Democrat partisans, of course, would never stoop to defend. Given Wilson’s hate-filled hillbilly heritage as outlined by Dowd, the columnist assumes the congressman’s primary beef was having to endure a speech by an intelligent black man, not what that black man was actually saying. Though wildly speculative, that Wilson might harbor racial prejudice is at least arguable. That Dowd is prejudiced is not.
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