"November could be dark," said Republican strategist Scott Reed.Um.
(Those of you who've always lived among civilized people may not get it; I know I didn't the first time I heard it. I was in Ann Arbor, Michigan, looking for a place to live, back when the way you did that was by reading classified ads in a newspaper. I made an appointment to see a place, headed to the part of town where all the buses converged, found a bus driver, and asked if he knew which route I should take to get to that address.
He told me, and then, in what seemed a friendly, make-conversation, sort of way asked why I was headed that way.
"I'm looking at an apartment."
"You may want to think about that. That part of town's mighty dark."
I thanked him and went off to catch my bus, trying to figure out why one part of town would be darker than another. Was it in the shadow of one of the area's few hills? It was only when I got there, and realized that I was the only white person on the street, that I figured it out.
I'm not going to say there's no racism in the Northwest, but I had certainly never encountered overt racism in the flesh before. Not only did I not know the code, the code was almost beyond my imagination. I wonder if that (along with plausible deniability, of course) is what Mr Reed was betting on when he used that phrase?)