A nice bit on Slate’s XX factor (an entirely unrelated aside: visually, ‘XX factor’ reads to me like a porn blog, or a blog about really large clothing. I know blog names are hard to come up with (see, for instance, the lame name of this site), but really, Slate, you’re being too clever by half with this one) about Mike Huckabee’s gracious response to Obama’s race speech:
On Obama’s speech:
… I think that, you know, Obama has handled this about as well as anybody could. And I agree, it’s a very historic speech. … And I thought he handled it very, very well.
And on the Rev. Wright:
… One other thing I think we’ve got to remember: As easy as it is for those of us who are white to look back and say, “That’s a terrible statement,” I grew up in a very segregated South, and I think that you have to cut some slack. And I’m going to be probably the only conservative in America who’s going to say something like this, but I’m just telling you: We’ve got to cut some slack to people who grew up being called names, being told, “You have to sit in the balcony when you go to the movie. You have to go to the back door to go into the restaurant. And you can’t sit out there with everyone else. There’s a separate waiting room in the doctor’s office. Here’s where you sit on the bus.” And you know what? Sometimes people do have a chip on their shoulder and resentment. And you have to just say, I probably would, too. I probably would, too. In fact, I may have had a more, more of a chip on my shoulder had it been me.
Funny how you don’t see Mark Penn or Howard Wolfson or Hillary Clinton saying things like that.
True. Though to be fair, Mike Huckabee isn’t running against Obama, so he can afford to be gracious. Read more XX factor here.