You may remember this -- from the NY Times in March 2007:
Mr. Obama recalled the opening lines of the Arabic call to prayer, reciting them with a first-rate accent. In a remark that seemed delightfully uncalculated (it'll give Alabama voters heart attacks), Mr. Obama described the call to prayer as ''one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.''
Moreover, Mr. Obama's own grandfather in Kenya was a Muslim. Mr. Obama never met his grandfather and says he isn't sure if his grandfather's two wives were simultaneous or consecutive, or even if he was Sunni or Shiite. (O.K., maybe Mr. Obama should just give up on Alabama.)
Perhaps Nicholas Kristof today regrets his parenthetical remarks. If anyone thought then - or thinks now - that Alabama voters are such a racist lot, they should think again. (And perhaps even apologize for indulging in unfair and old-fashioned stereotypes.)
By way of Don Surber, we learn that Herman Cain won the West Alabama Straw Poll yesterday.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain kicked off a day of appearances in Alabama on Saturday with a win at the West Alabama Straw Poll at the Bryant Conference Center.
Cain took 50.7 percent of 347 total votes cast in the poll, and Ron Paul came in second with 45 percent of the vote....
In Iowa :)
By the way, the Obama administration is suing Alabama. But then you all knew that.