With a name like Colonel Bud Day, Gov. Charlie Crist had to know this was coming.
A day after Crist announced he had a real live war hero backing his U.S. Senate campaign, the 85-year-old Day showed why you don't put a microphone in the face of an elderly vet with no mouth filter.
"You know, we just got through (electing) a politician who can run his mouth at Mach 1, a black one, and now we have a Hispanic who can run his mouth at Mach 1,” Day told the Northwest Florida Daily News. “You look at their track records and they’re both pretty gritty. Charlie has not got a gritty track record.”
Day confirmed he was speaking of Obama and Rubio.
“You’ve got the black one with the reading thing. He can go as fast as the speed of light and has no idea what he’s saying,” Day continued. “I put Rubio in that same category, except I don’t know if he’s using one of those readers.”
Now we're not saying referring to the President of the United States as "the black one" is racist, but it's not like Day called Crist the "white one" or "the tanned one." At least he didn't call Obama Buckwheat.
This isn't Day's first controversial comment on ethnicity. He also had some less than pleasant things to say about Muslims a few years ago.
For the record, "the Hispanic one" is pulling away from Crist in the race for the U.S. Senate, according to several recently released polls and voters in the Panhandle seem to like Rubio a little more than the governor. Can't imagine Day's remark helping Crist close the gap.
Crist's campaign hasn't commented on Day's remarks yet, but somebody had better call the Medal of Honor recipient and tell him that this isn't the 1940s anymore.