Jeff Adair: No prejudice here, right?

Jeff Adair

It baffles me how some people are frothing at the mouth, going into a tizzy, fearful that they'll wake up Nov. 5, turn on Fox News and find out America elected a black man for president.

And get this, his middle name is "Hussein." He must be a Muslim - a terrorist sympathizer.

Ooh, scary isn't it? "We better hide the children. Honey, it's time to move outta here."

Folks, I'm not making this up. In an interview of voters in the Buckeye State, one woman in Ironton, in Southern Ohio along the river, told a Canadian news service "His middle name worries me. He was not raised Christian ...

"I'm not prejudiced," she went on to say. "I have nothing against his race."

Yeah, sure lady, I believe you. Why mention the word. Thou protest because it must be true.

I've heard the same kind of nonsense on talk radio and on cable. You know, those shows where the host shouts down anyone who dares to disagree, anyone who brings facts to the table.

One rabblerouser, Jay Severin, a talk show host at WTKK in Boston, railed against McCain during the Republican primary for not being a "true conservative," but switched his tune once it came down to McCain or, as he calls Obama, the socialist, Marxist, racist, communist, etc."

"We're looking at the death of America as we know it," Severin told listeners Friday, sounding as if he's accepted the fact that the polls predicting Obama's victory are accurate, and his guy will be on the losing end.

He was "born to an unconventional white mother" - who knows what the heck that means? - "and a bigamous African father," wrote a guest columnist in our weekly newspaper in Weston, Mass. "Obama received much of his early education in a madrassa, or Muslim school, in Indonesia."

The allegation that he attended a madrassa, of course, has been refuted by Obama as "smear" and has never been proven. Those bothersome things called facts, however, never get in the way of people whose minds are set that Obama is the devil reincarnated.

The kicker, the recent event that smearers have shown their true colors, is their reaction to Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama.

Powell, remember, is a war hero, a retired general and statesman who has served honorably in two Republican administrations. He was the one man many conservatives said they would back for president, if he had chosen to run. Personally, I've never bought that line.

So on "Meet the Press," Powell endorses Obama and what happens? It's because of race, some say. Group think was at play. You know, how all those people think alike. Everyone knows, a black man can't think for himself or have solid reasons to endorse another black man.

"Secretary Powell says his endorsement is not about race," conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh told listeners. "OK, fine. I am now researching his past endorsements to see if I can find all the inexperienced, very liberal, white candidates he has endorsed. I'll let you know what I come up with."

Hey Rush, "inexperienced," and "white candidates," sounds like George W. to me.

Oh, wait, my memory is fading a bit, Rush may have a point. Didn't Powell also endorse Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Carol Moseley Braun when they were running for president? Didn't he tell Tom Brokaw Sunday that if Obama's not their choice, voters should select the Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney, just because she's black?

Now, I have no problem if someone says they don't like Obama's policies, or simply think McCain would be a better president. But this other garbage is silly. Haven't we moved beyond this? It's hateful. It's un-American.

Here's a suggestion. Come next Tuesday night when the results are final and if Obama is elected - I'll believe it when I see it - folks who can't stand the fact that America is progressing can move to Canada, Mexico or wherever. Enjoy the living conditions. Stay there, hmm, four years. No, to be safe, how about eight?

Jeff Adair is a Daily News editor and writer. He can be reached at