A little too late for him to win his party's nomination... but perhaps he's running for the Vice Presidency now.
"As easy as it is for those of us who are white to look back and say 'That's a terrible statement!' ... I grew up in a very segregated South. And I think that you have to cut some slack -- and I'm gonna be probably the only conservative in America who's gonna say something like this, but I'm just tellin' you -- we've gotta cut some slack to people who grew up being called names, being told 'you have to sit in the balcony when you go to the movie, you have to go into the back door when you go to the restaurant and you can't sit out there with everyone else, there's a separate waiting room in the doctor's office, here's where you sit on the bus... and you know what? Sometimes, people *do* have a chip on their shoulder and resentment, and you have to say to yourself, 'I probably would too. I probably would too. In fact, I may have had more of a chip on my shoulders had it been me."
He's correct, and it's good to actually see a Republican admit that black anger about America is justifiable.
But would we listen to or tolerate a black politician saying the same thing on TV right now... or would it be considered an inappropriate, long, angry, divisive rant?
It's great to hear him say this, but it still reminds me of Pat Boone getting top-ten hits by covering Little Richard songs.