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Republican Congresswoman: GOP Needs a "Great White Hope"

What decade is this again?

Good morning, kids. It's time for another episode of Racist GOP "Gaffes."

From TalkingPointsMemo:

The Topeka Capitol-Journal reports that freshman Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) told a town hall meeting a week ago that the GOP still had to find a "great white hope."
"Republicans are struggling right now to find the great white hope," said Jenkins. "I suggest to any of you who are concerned about that, who are Republican, there are some great young Republican minds in Washington." As examples, Jenkins mentioned Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).

Wow. There's no spinning that one, right?

Of course, they have to try.

Jenkins' spokeswoman Mary Geiger told the paper that Jenkins' remark was not meant to refer to "race, creed or any background."

Right. Kind of like that Boston cop who called Henry Louis Gates a "banana-eating jungle monkey" made a "poor choice of words." (Four times in one e-mail.)

Liliana Segura is a staff writer and editor of AlterNet's Rights and Liberties and World Special Coverage.
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