Jim Webb in the WaPo:
“Towel-heads and rednecks — of which I am one. If you write that word, please say that. I mean, I don’t use that pejoratively, I use it defensively. Towel-heads and rednecks became the easy villains in so many movies out there.”
Later, Webb’s press secretary learns of this quote, and the next day Webb is calling a reporter from a fundraiser in Atlanta:
“I used the words that are used to stereotype them,” he says, adding that he was using both terms “defensively.” “I’m really upset if this is going to end up being the guppy that eats the whale here.”
What a dumb comment...