01/15/2009 05:43 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Off-Color Commentary at Holder Hearing

Earlier today during Eric Holder's AG confirmation hearing, Democratic Senator Herb Kohl (WI) asked an old white man question (i.e., a racist one) of the African American nominee: Would Holder commit to defeating Obama "as badly as he can" if the two meet up for a little one-on-one on the basketball court.

Quoth Holder: "Senator Kohl, Senator Kohl. Um, he's 10 years younger than me. He plays a lot more frequently than I do. Um, having said that, I got a New York City game. I come from the city that produced Connie Hawkins, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Nate "Tiny" Archibald; I learned how to play ball at PS 127 in Queens. If you give me a little time, a little space to get back in shape, I think I could hang with him. I don't think I'm ever going to be in a position to beat him nor do I think that would be a wise thing to do."

That's a variety of "aw shucks" I was taught to abhor back in my heady college days of political correctness and fearless perversion. Senator Patrick Leahy commented: "I've been here 34 years in these hearings and that's the first time that question's been asked." Indeed... Watch the video....