Virginia Democrat Jim Moran was asked by the Arab TV news outlet Al-Hurra last night why the Democrats lost in November. His answer: America is filled with racists.

“It [the Republican successes in the 2010 elections] happened for the same reason the Civil War happened in the United States. It happened because the Southern states, the slaveholding states, didn’t want to see a president who was opposed to slavery.  In this case, I believe, a lot of people in the United States don’t want to be governed by an African-American, particularly one who is liberal, who wants to spend money and who wants to reach out to include everyone in our society….”

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It's hard to hear with the translator speaking at the same time, but Moran doesn't seem to explain why all of these allegedly racist Americans weren't successful in blocking Obama's election in 2008. Nor does he explain how his accusation fits in with the president's call for a new civil tone in our political discourse.