In an incident that makes Dan Rather’s “watermelons” comment look positively innocuous, Rush Limbaugh made a blatantly racist comment about Governor David Paterson on his radio show today.
After a caller contended that Paterson had the authority to replace former Representative Eric Massa (note: This isn’t true — all Paterson can do is call a special election to fill the seat), Limbaugh engaged in the following conversation with the caller:
Limbaugh: Are you sure that Paterson appoints or is there a special election?
Caller: I am reasonably sure that Paterson will be appointing the replacement, assuming that he, you know, doesn’t resign in the next 60 or 90 days.
Limbaugh: Let’s assume you’re right. So, David Paterson will become the massa …
Limbaugh: … who gets to appoint whoever gets to take Massa’s place. So, for the first time in his life, Paterson’s gonna be a massa. Interesting, interesting.
Rush Limbaugh races to inject racial joke about Paterson into Massa mess [NYDN]