No, "Dark Horse" Isn't Racist

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Jan. 4 2011 5:52 PM

No, "Dark Horse" Isn't Racist

James Fulford defends my honor from Rick Shaftan, referring to the time I called longshot 2012 presidential candidate Herman Cain a "dark horse."

I wondered what it’s about–turns out Weigel was interviewing Herman Cain, who is black and Republican, and wrote " I interviewed the dark horse 2012 GOP presidential candidate…"

Of course, the term "dark horse" goes back to the Polk administration of 1844 when everyone in politics was white–it has no racial connotation. But it goes to show you that you can’t say anything without someone thinking it’s a gaffe .

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The thing of it is, Cain calls himself a "dark horse" candidate! Witness:

There is a political message here, and it is "Hey, dominantly white audience -- I am the least PC person you will ever meet."

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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