The redneck Democrats in Tennessee who pass for respected politicians are trying to subtley distance themselves from Barack Obama's candidacy. Having lived down there for 10 years it's not really surprising to me that they would not only have but openly express viewpoints like this. They are probably still trying to wrap their minds around the fact that a black man is very close to being the next leader of this country.
Caught between the rock of their predominantly bigoted constituency and the hard place of their inbred bigoted values Tennessee politicians have no choice but to offer up quotes like this.
Yeah, race is no longer a problem in America (please read with extreme sarcasm).
And if you are confounded by the article don't forget to check out the reader comments. True class of the South right there (more sarcasm).