SPIEGEL: But that's what we've had for the last two years, and it hasn't worked out well. If anything, the political tone in Washington has gotten worse.
Lewis: It's unfortunate. We have very little control over the fact that the Republican Party is being hijacked by the extreme right. That the Tea Party is gaining influence. We cannot tell the Republican Party who should be their leaders.
SPIEGEL: Of course not. But the question is whether Washington would function better if the Republicans had a majority in either the Senate or the House. Would that not make them less inclined to be obstructionist?
Lewis: No. I think the Republican Party is going to the extreme. If it continues on the path it's on, it will continue to be a minority party for many years to come.
SPIEGEL: There has been a lot of talk about how the black community felt about Barack Obama's election. Now, though, everyone is talking primarily about white anger. How does the black community feel about his presidency thus far?
Lewis: The black masses in America love Barack Obama. Black candidates and black Members of Congress would love to have Barack Obama come and campaign for them. I wish I could get him to come down to Georgia to campaign for me, but he thinks my seat is safe. He is very popular. You cannot say anything negative about Barack Obama in the African-American community and get away with it.
...SPIEGEL: The radicalization of the right, in other words, isn't necessarily due to the US having a black president for the first time ever?
Lewis: In some quarters, it's true, people cannot get used to the idea that a person of color is president of the United States. People cannot get comfortable with the idea that so many people are coming from different parts of the world to America. In just a short time, America will be a minority majority, and that feeds some of the frustration.
You see, John, you may be a touch senile, but we opposed HillaryCare. Not because Hillary's a woman -- though I'm sure you'd like to play the gender card -- but because it sucked.
We support Alan West for Congress. Not because he's black, but because he's teh awesome.
We believe in history, facts, logic and reason -- the distillation of which is the Constitution. Perhaps you've heard of it.
Oh, and that race card? It appears to have seen better days.
Related: Timeline: Anatomy of a Tea Party Smear by the Democrat-Media Complex.
Hat tip: PJ.