I had a brief conversation with Bustamante at the 2000 Democratic Convention and he didn’t seem entirely there. A few months later, he was giving a speech in honour of Black History Month to the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and carelessly referred to the Negro Labor Council as the ‘Nigger Labor Council’. He carried on speaking, apparently oblivious, until it occurred to him rather a lot of people seemed to be walking out. I’d love to see a Republican use the N-word at a Black History Month dinner and live to tell the tale. But what’s relevant here is the delay between the unfortunate error and realising he’d made it.
Sunday, August 24, 2003
Mark Steyn has a few things to say about the California recall election, most of them quite funny and right on the mark: