Nader asked last night whether Obama would be Uncle Sam to the people or Uncle Tom to wealthy corporations.
Let's translate that into their culturally-symbolic meanings:
"Will Obama be the personification of the United States for the people, or will he be an ingratiating Black slave sellout to his White corporate masters?"
Nader defends it, apparently believing it to be an honest question, focusing on the point of whether Obama will help the poor or give in to corporate lobbyist pressure. He appears oblivious to fact that "Uncle Tom" is a racially-loaded term that only has meaning because Obama is Black. The commentator on Fox News looks incredulous and repeatedly challenges Nader's use of "Uncle Tom" to describe Obama, and Nader just doesn't get it. (Holy fuck, Fox News is defending Obama from a racist epithet!)
- Ralph Nader is a racist bag of dicks