Charles Barkley Abandons Conservatism: ‘The Word Conservative Means Discriminatory’

Former Vice President Dan Quayle walked out of a John Mellencamp concert this weekend after the singer dedicated a song to “all the poor people who’ve been ignored by the current administration.”

Suprisingly, long-time conservative and NBA star Charles Barkley, who for years has suggested he may run for Alabama governor as a Republican, took Mellencamp’s side:

“He’s right,” Charles Barkley said of Mellencamp. “The word conservative means discriminatory practically. It’s a form of political discrimination. [Conservatives are] against gay marriage and for a war that makes no sense. A war that was based on faulty intelligence. That’s all they ever talk about. That and immigration. Another discriminatory argument for political gain.

Barkley’s shift against conservatism may also have something to do with his interest in poverty. “My No. 1 priority is to help poor people,” Barkley has said. “In this country, 90% of the money is controlled by 10% of the people, and that’s not right.”

Tony Snow is quoted in today’s Washington Post: “Does [President Bush] often talk about poverty? No.”