Marion Barry: A Little Racist Slur Can't Touch This

Marion BarrySo, who was surprised to hear Marion Barry has screwed up again? Anyone? Really? The Washington, D.C. councilman is making his apologies today for racially insensitive remarks about Asian shop owners in the nation's capital.

Barry's official comment was: "We got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops." Way to keep it classy there Marion! And now for the real news: people are actually wiggling their eyebrows and wondering whether this could hurt his chances at re-election. Ah, I really needed a Friday morning giggle. Thanks for that folks!


Marion Barry is, after all, the mayor who spent six months in federal prison back in the '90s for being caught -- on videotape no less -- smoking crack. And they still elected him mayor! Four times!

Heck, in four decades, Barry has only lost one election. And during a primary this week for the council seat in D.C.'s Ward 8, Barry had a whopping 73 percent of the vote.

Oh, and we might as well add in that Barry has been married three times, faced allegations of adultery, and told a national talk show host that he was addicted to sex. That's the kind of stuff that sends most campaign managers back to their computers to brush up their resumes because they know this job is over.

But not Marion Barry's.

Who knows why. Maybe it's because people in Washington are so used to politicians screwing up, they can forgive anything. Maybe it's because the good Barry has done outweighs the bad -- in their minds anyway. If you don't live in D.C., you don't get it. I don't get it.

And yet, we just figure that's the way it's going to be. They've elected the cheating, crack-smoking scoundrel over and over and over again because they think he's worth it. I'm highly doubting some racial insensitivity will suddenly change that.

How about you? Why do you think D.C. residents continue to re-elect Marion Barry?


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