Rep. Foxx: Look, A Black Person Disagrees With Obama!

September 15, 2009 11:58 am ET — Matt Finkelstein

Over the past few months, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) has offered some interesting reasons why she opposes health care reform.  In July, she dismissed the idea of a health care crisis when she declared, "There are no Americans who don't have health care." Just days later, she suggested that the House reform bill will "put seniors in a position of being put to death by their government."

Now, Foxx has delivered another doozy.  While speaking on the House floor this morning, the conservative lawmaker brought up a recent article in which Thomas Sowell criticized President Obama.  Then, inexplicably, she stipulated that Sowell is also "an African American":

In a recent article, conservative commentator Thomas Sowell, an African American, examined some of President Obama's claims about the health care reform legislation moving through the Congress.  I wanted to quote some excerpts from his column that I found insightful.

Foxx went on to cite several of Sowell's concerns -- none of which had anything to do with race.  Apparently, Sowell's blackness was supposed to be compelling on its own.  Watch it:


The GOP seems to have a problem with this sort of thing.  The moment was reminiscent of Justice Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings, when Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) condemned Sotomayor for not agreeing with another judge of Puerto Rican descent.  "Had you voted with Judge Cabranes, himself of Puerto Rican ancestry, had you voted with him, you could've changed that case," Sessions said.