Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (R-Topeka) told conservatives at a town hall meeting that “Republicans are struggling right now to find the great white hope” to counter the Democratic agenda (video here). Hmmm. No Freudian slip there!
Jenkins’ spokesperson, Mary Geiger, tried to dig her boss out of the hole:
“There may be some misunderstanding there when she talked about the great white hope,” Geiger said. “What she meant by it is they have a bright future. They’re bright lights within the party.”
Um, yeah, sure. “Bright” rhymes with “white”. And it’s the opposite of “dark”, which is frequently paired with “black”.
Geiger released the following statement on Jenkins’ behalf: “There’s no doubt the Republican Party has gone through some dark and challenging times in recent years, but thankfully bright young leaders have stepped up to lead the party into the future and she hopes to be a part of it. That was the intent of her comments — nothing more and nothing less. Congresswoman Jenkins apologizes for her choice of words.”
Geiger says she’s never heard her boss use that phrase before. I certainly hope she never will again.