Jewish World Review Feb. 15, 2001 / 22 Shevat 5761
Donna Brazile Speaks out on Clarence Thomas
IT'S doubtful either man would relish the comparison. In fact, the comments
could be construed by both men as no more complimentary than being told,
"Someone said you're not fit to eat with pigs. But I stuck up for you. I said
But former Gore campaign manager Donna Brazile compares Clarence Thomas
favorably to Jesse Jackson. Brazile tells The American Spectator that she
considers Thomas to be a "role model for black Americans" just "like Jesse
Jackson, Tiger Woods and Thurgood Marshall."
Yes, Marshall "had a different path" to the Supreme Court than his successor.
But Brazile calls Thomas a "remarkable man with a great [life] story." She
says he is a modern-day "Booker T. Washington because he speaks to old
"I admire him [Thomas] as a human being and thinker," Brazile says,
emphasizing that she certainly disagrees with him on some issues and knew
nothing of the Justice's speech at the American Enterprise Institute dinner
Brazile spoke from her office at Harvard University where she is a fellow
this semester. Certainly, her favorable comparison of Thomas to Marshall is
cause for the left to ship Brazile off to the nearest available re-education
camp (which shouldn't be too hard to find at Harvard.) Or, at the very least,
there could be demands that she issue a public apology for her "insensitive
But Brazile often has a quick tongue (although she insists her allegedly
anti-white remarks during the campaign were taken out of context). She
realizes her remarks about Thomas are "not kosher" but such considerations
have not and will not keep her from speaking her mind.
It might be interesting to see if the liberal establishment's newfound
penchant for tolerance and civility extends to black liberals who have the
unmitigated chutzpah to judge Clarence Thomas by the content of his
character. But at least in this instance Brazile practices what Thomas
preaches. "Fear not."
As for Maureen Dowd, who, incidentally, practically
drowned herself in self-pity some five years ago when she claimed a New York
Post Page Six story treated her unfairly, let's see how the little lady chews
over Brazile's decidedly unkosher food for
JWR contributor Evan Gahr is senior fellow at the Hudson Institute.
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© 2001, Evan Gahr Adapted from the American Spectator's online edition