Despite previously claiming that Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) “only chance of winning is that he’s black,” right-wing talker Rush Limbaugh claimed yesterday that Obama is misrepresenting his ethnic background. “These polls on how one-third of blue-collar white Democrats won’t vote for Obama because he’s black, and — but he’s not black,” asserted Limbaugh. Instead, Limbaugh declared, “He’s Arab”:
LIMBAUGH: But he’s not black. Do you know he has not one shred of African-American blood? He doesn’t have any African — that’s why when they asked whether he was authentic, whether he’s down for the struggle. He’s Arab. You know, he’s from Africa. He’s from Arab parts of Africa. He’s not — his father was — he’s not African-American. The last thing that he is is African-American.
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Matt Yglesias notes that “Obama’s father was, for the record, from Kenya which is not an Arab part of Africa.”