Rick Goddard, AKA the guy who drew the short straw among Ross Tolleson, Austin Scott and John Douglas for the privilege of running against Rep. Jim Marshall this year, was scheduled to have a coveted speaking slot at the RNC last week until Hurricane Gustav came along and scattered the schedule leaving no room for poor Rick. As the only Georgia Republican running for Congress in a toss-up seat whose campaign isn’t managed by Phil Kent, Goddard was hoping to emerge as a rising star at the convention. Instead Lynn Westmoreland stole his thunder by telling a reporter that the Obama’s “think they are uppity.”
Well, not to be outdone, Goddard is actually the OG when it comes to calling prominent African Americans uppity. Even though it was just noticed today by Jim Galloway, Goddard bragged to a Macon morning show last week that former Speaker Newt Gingrich had “disarmed a very uppity newscaster” hours before Westmoreland made his gaffe. And I’m sure NPR’s Word for the Wise will give Goddard extra credit for actually using the term correctly — he at least knows that one is either uppity or not (by birth) and that no one aspires to the status as Westmoreland seems to think.
Before you try to claim that Goddard and Westmoreland constitute a modern day English Speaking Vernacular Society whose goal is to restore glorious plantation English to the modern day tongue, I’ll let Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, surely the most prominent African-American Republican of modern times give them just enough rope to hang themselves. Thomas said of his confirmation hearings that they constituted “a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks.” Goddard and Westmoreland might have a thing or two to say about that.