Diary

We haven't spent much time on the RNC Co-Chair Race

The Vice Chairman of the RNC, or the Co-Chairman, however you look at it, it the GOP’s gender quota position. It’s always a woman in that spot.

One of those women running is Renee Amoore. I understand, as an African-American, her enthusiasm for Barack Obama, but still . . . it’s kind of disconcerting when the would be number two says stuff like this:

Even though I’m Republican, I’m African-American first,” said Amoore, who worked and voted for Sen. John McCain. “Just because I don’t believe in some of his policies, it doesn’t mean I don’t want him to be successful. He has made people feel really good and that’s important. Dr. King talked about that dream.”

An outstanding motivational speaker never at a loss for words, Amoore was challenged to describe what she’ll be feeling in D.C.

“We’ll probably be in tears,” she said. “There are no words for it. But it’ll be an awesome experience.”

And then there’s this:

Renee Amoore, a ranking member of the Pennsylvania Republican state committee since 1992, says she wishes her party would quit all of the negative-campaigning shenanigans and get back to important issues like health care, jobs and taxes.

When I pressed her further on whether she’d cross party lines to vote for Obama, she refused to commit either way, saying only that she’d make that call after meeting with party officials.

I do understand the historic nature of Barack Obama’s election — we have moved beyond our past in this election. But I always cringe when any person puts race ahead of all else — we’re a nation wherein the color of one’s skin should be irrelevant. Ms. Amoore does not seem to be there yet.