Or, really, he just shat out his mouth and tried to pass it off as political opinion. Here’s the quote from
Roland Martin’s new show on CNN:
I want to say this very quickly—they’re not going to vote for this black guy. I mean, wh-wh…when Jackie Robinson broke through to the Major League Baseball, Branch Rickey took a chance. He took a chance on an exemplary person. I don’t think Barack Obama is that exemplary person for white America, that’s my problem here. That’s the problem here. If he were a better candidate for the job, I think that he would have a better chance. If you’re going to break through that ceiling [Roland Martin has at this point been saying, “Jooooe, Jooooe…”] Look, do you want to be real here, or do you want to talk about something else?”
What he means is, a better black candidate.
It seems that by saying that Barack Obama is not an exemplary figure, Mr. Pagliarulo is saying that he himself is not yet comfortable with the issue of race. That’s what I took from his statement. I would like to know what it is that Mr. Pagliarulo wants from an African-American candidate. Note to self: write to Pagliarulo’s secretary, requesting his scoring rubrics for white candidates, black candidates, Hispanic candidates, Asian candidates, as well as the method by which he prepares his foot before he shoves it down his throat.