"To know Steve Cohen is to know that he really does not think very much of African-Americans," Mr. Herenton said in a recent radio interview on KWAM. "He's played the black community well."
Lovely - just what we need. But wait, there's more:
"This seat was set aside for people who look like me," said Mr. Herenton's campaign manager, Sidney Chism, a black county commissioner. "It wasn't set aside for a Jew or a Christian. It was set aside so that blacks could have representation."
Have these guys even listened to themselves? I'm just glad no one seriously tried to make the mirror-image of this argument with regard to Obama last year.
Anyhow, the Times glosses over this, but Nikki Tinker tried the same bullshit last time and got utterly pasted. Sure, Herenton is much better-known, but Tinker had the endorsement of EMILY's List (to their everlasting shame) and spent half a million bucks. With any luck, Herenton will meet the same fate.