Rush Limbaugh Steps Into 'Negro' Fray

Says, 'It was negroes that brought Ted Kennedy his booze'
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2010 7:33 AM CST
Updated Jan 12, 2010 7:55 AM CST
In this Jan. 18, 2009 file photo talk show host Rush Limbaugh is interviewed on the sidelines before the start of the NFL AFC championship football game in Pittsburgh.   (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)

(Newser) – The word negro hasn't seen this much action in years, but Rush Limbaugh last night joined Harry Reid in resuscitating the term—with a little speaking ill of the dead thrown in for good measure. Discussing the 2008 presidential campaign on his radio show last night, Limbaugh jumped into the fray by saying, rather gratuitously, "It was negroes that brought Ted Kennedy his booze," the Huffington Post reports.

Limbaugh was referring to the claim in recent book Game Change that Kennedy endorsed Barack Obama after Bill Clinton, who was hitting him up to back Hillary, had said that just a few years earlier, Obama would have been serving Clinton and Kennedy coffee. The writers missed the point, Limbaugh said: "What made Teddy Kennedy mad was it's women get him coffee. It was negroes that brought Ted Kennedy his booze. And that's why he was all offended."

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