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Jewish World Review Feb. 15, 2000 / 22 Shevat 5761

Evan Gahr

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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 you are."

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 -fashioned values."

"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 last night.

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 remarks."

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 thought.

JWR contributor Evan Gahr is senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. To comment click here.


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© 2001, Evan Gahr Adapted from the American Spectator's online edition