Don’t you just hate it when you say something you really mean, but then it comes out kinds of funky and everyone looks at you and points, then screams “bigot!” That’s what kind of day Kansas Rep. Lynn Jenkins was having. In yet another episode of “When Keepin’ It Real Goes Wrong,” Jenkins made the faux pas of saying that the Republicans “are struggling right now to find the great white hope. I suggest to any of you who are concerned about that, who are Republican, there are some great young Republican minds in Washington.”
She then went on to name some potentials she liked, all white of course. Oopsie daisy! Bring on the “See? What I had meant was” in 1 … 2 … 3 …
Mary Geiger, a spokeswoman for Jenkins, said the reference to a great white hope wasn’t meant to denote a preference by Jenkins for politicians of a particular “race, creed or any background.” Jenkins was expressing faith fellow GOP representatives in the House would be key players in returning Republicans to a leadership role in Washington, Geiger said.
“There may be some misunderstanding there when she talked about the great white hope,” Geiger said. “What she meant by it is they have a bright future. They’re bright lights within the party.”
See? All good. We’re all good! The article is kind enough to educate those who don’t know about the history of the phrase “Great White Hope,” pointing out that it dates back to legendary black boxer Jack Johnson who dominated the sport to the point that white sportscasters bemoaned the need of a “great white hope” to take back the championship title. It’s also a marvelous film starring James Earl Jones (which he should have got an Oscar for) that makes me cry like a baby every time.
Of course, I wonder has anyone asked RNC Chairman Michael Steele what he thinks of this yet, you know? Because I enjoy listening to him find the silver lining in these situations rather than going with “no comment.” I’m predicting something bizarre rather than the rote “she was just misusing a common phrase to say something positive.” That would be too simple. Too not Michael Steele. I’m thinking, “Well, we ARE looking for the Great White Hope! And the great black hope! And the great purple hope! We Republicans will take any brand of non-Obama flavored Hope-Aid that we can get!”