Something that I suspected for many, many years was confirmed this morning if Matt Drudge's sources are correct. Oprah Winfrey, the most powerful and prominent female civilian in America as well as the most powerful and prominent black civilian in America for many years, has held a grudge against the man who was -- until the meteoric rise of Senator Barack Obama to Democratic Presidential Nominee -- the most powerful and important black person in America; Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. To wit (bold mine):
BIG DILEMMA: OPRAH BALKS AT HOSTING SARAH PALIN; STAFF DIVIDEDOprah's reported block of Palin as a guest reveals that she's not an advocate for women, she's an advocate for liberal women. The fact that she's only an advocate for liberal blacks has been clear for years. Think of the long list of conservative blacks that have been on her program:
Fri Sep 05 2008 08:55:46 ET
Oprah Winfrey may have introduced Democrat Barack Obama to the women of America -- but the talkshow queen is not rushing to embrace the first woman on a Republican presidential ticket!
Oprah's staff is sharply divided on the merits of booking Sarah Palin, sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT."Half of her staff really wants Sarah Palin on," an insider explains.
"Oprah's website is getting tons of requests to put her on, but Oprah and a couple of her top people are adamantly against it because of Obama."
One executive close to Winfrey is warning any Palin ban could ignite a dramatic backlash!
It is not clear if Oprah has softened her position after watching Palin's historic convention speech.
Last year, Winfrey blocked an appearance by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, timed to a promotional tour of his autobiography.
Oprah and executive producer Sheri Salata, who has contributed thousands of dollars to Obama's campaign, refused requests for comment.
Want me to list 'em again? (Bata bing!)
I've called this an "A ha!" moment in the spirit of something that is frequently said on the show (Yes, I have watched the show -- it and she are not without value and I have indeed learned some things from the show, especially from Dr. Mehmet Oz). But in reality, it was more of a Freddie Blassie "I KNEW IT, I KNEW IT, I KNEW IT!" moment. If you are a fan of novelty records from the seventies or professional wrestling, you know what I am talking about. If you aren't, Google "Freddie Blassie Pencil Neck Geek" and you will be on the track to getting it.
Well, get going!