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Posted by on Jun 15, 2009 in Politics, Society | 24 comments

Post-Racialism in the Republican Party

Rumor has it South Carolina’s Republican leaders are trying to persuade African-Americans to revise their overwhelmingly negative opinion of the GOP and maybe actually consider becoming Republicans.

Here is a progress report:

A prominent South Carolina Republican killed his Facebook page Sunday after being caught likening the First Lady to an escaped gorilla.

Commenting on a report posted to Facebook about a gorilla escape at a zoo in Columbia, S.C., Friday, longtime GOP activist Rusty DePass wrote, “I’m sure it’s just one of Michelle’s ancestors – probably harmless.”

Busted by South Carolina political blogger Will Folks on his FITNEWS blog, DePass told WIS-TV in Columbia, “I am as sorry as I can be if I offended anyone. The comment was clearly in jest.”

Then he added, “The comment was hers, not mine,” claiming Michelle Obama made a recent remark about humans descending from apes. The Daily News could find no such comment.

That is such a sincere apology, don’t you think?

… Because gee, who would be offended by a white politician comparing a black woman to an ape?  Also, it’s not really his fault, because he based it off of something that she said!  Which she didn’t actually say, and which wouldn’t excuse the remark even if she did.

And here is another post-racial Republican:

… Mike Green, another Republican activist who works for gubernatorial candidate Adam Piper had this wonderful comment.