Racing the finesse card

And who was it who first associated Barack Obama with Paris Hilton, anyway?

The Senator’s Humble Beginning
Rising Star Barack Obama Is Resolutely Down to Earth

By Mark Leibovich
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, February 24, 2005; Page C01

There’s nothing exotic or complicated about how phenoms are made in Washington, and, more to the point, how they are broken.

“Andy Warhol said we all get our 15 minutes of fame,” says Barack Obama. “I’ve already had an hour and a half. I mean, I’m so overexposed, I’m making Paris Hilton look like a recluse.”

Lately, though, Obama supporters find such loose talk by any one not “The One” to be racist. Here’s one now:

That ad was blatantly racist. Putting a black guy up alongside white women sends a strong racist message.

Well, to a racist, maybe. How does this guy tolerate Elin Nordegren and Tiger Woods? Or Heidi Klum and Seal? Or Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel? Or Richard and Mildred Loving? Oh, wait, that was a white male and a black female. My bad. Definitely racism there.

H/T Instapundit