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Not fair, Sen. Harkin. Not fair.
Sen. Tom Harkin was asked by a Des Moines Register columnist why he thought so many people were still obsessed with seeing "the president fail." His response was, as you may have already heard, a bit interesting:
It was interesting that we had this closed-door session, you know, you heard about the senators we went in this closed-door thing in the Old Senate Chambers, what, how many weeks ago was that, three or four weeks ago? […]

And, not naming any names, but one senator got up from a southern state and said, ‘You’ve got to understand that to my people down here, Obama seems like – he thought for a second and he said – like he’s exotic.’

We kind of laughed at that – what’s that mean? Exotic? That he’s just exotic, that he doesn’t share our values and that kind of thing. It was kind of a strange comment.

I think many Americans would pay good cash money to know which southern senator said that. At least give us the state, Harkin—there are bar bets around the country riding on this one. You're not going to get me to buy the theory that southern Republicans still aren't used to seeing black people around, I don't think even the dumbest senators in the senate would fess up at this point to the long, drawn out farces of the Kenya/Muslim/Secret Santa conspiracy brigades and while I suppose Hawaii is "exotic" in the sense that you can't easily make a quick road trip across state lines to buy cheaper cigarettes (someone's probably tried, mind you), you have to be one heck of an Official Old Crank to think so.

Did the Republican residents Mr. Senator represents learn all they know about Hawaii from old Brady Bunch episodes? Tiki curses aren't real, you know. Greg only fell off his surfboard because Greg sucked, don't take it out on the whole state.

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