DENVER -- The Illinois delegation to the DNC is apparently still not succumbing to Illinois' Senate President Emil Jones' pressure to support Barack Obama. Jones is being accused today of calling those stubborn Hillary supporters "Uncle Toms." Would Barack Obama's Chicago mentor call fellow Democrats "Uncle Toms"?
The Trib says Jones' denies calling the Clinton supporter Delmarie Cobb a racial slur, but rather admits calling her and the other Illinois-based Clinton supporters "Doubting Thoms" rather than "Uncle Toms."'
Cobb and at least two Chicago aldermen told friends that Jones made the “Uncle Tom” reference after a back-and-forth with the Senate president that started lightheartedly.
The contretemps served to highlight the controversial role that race and gender has played in the extended Democratic presidential campaign against Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York—even among delegates in the home state of Obama, who is expected to claim the nomination on Thursday night.
[UPDATE 2 at 5:20 pm CST: Fox News picked up on the story on Britt Humes just now . . .emphasizing Jones was Obama's political mentor.]
It gets better. Who enters the scene, but Bonnie Grabenhofer, a woman I met leading support rally for Planned Parenthood in Aurora last year. Grabenhofer and her live in friend were the only two area residents to speak on behalf of the Aurora clinic last year at the Aurora City Council marathon meeting.
Bonnie Grabenhofer, the president of the National Organization for Women’s Illinois chapter and a Clinton supporter, said the remarks that Cobb alleged Jones made symbolized “the incredible pressure that had been put on, particularly women, to support Barack Obama.”
“Women in Illinois had that pressure, and it was particularly hard for African-American women who were placed in the untenable position of having to chose between their race and between their gender,” Grabenhofer said.
So an Illinois Planned Parenthood advocate doubles as the president of NOW and is key in the Illinois delegation at the Democratic National Convention. Tell me the pro-aborts aren't running the Democratic asylum!
Let's see how long it takes for Obama to throw Emil under the bus for embarrassing him this way, along with Dr. Wright and his grandmother!