This is why Benghazi matters

Few bloggers have grasped foreign policy and the significance of world events like Richard Fernandez.

In his latest PJ Media piece, he lays out a brilliant argument that shows exactly why Benghazi is perhaps the most significant foreign policy event of the Obama presidency.  And it’s not something the Administration is proud of.

Fernandez notes that after Sept. 11, 2012, pretty much all of America’s foreign policy – our “Smart DiplomacyTM ” – is now in complete disarray: the “Arab Spring” in Libya and Egypt; the resurgence of al-Qaeda in Africa and the Middle East; Israel/Palestine negotiations; Iran; Syria; the Russia/Ukraine conflict.  This is his take:

“Suppose Benghazi was the night when the administration’s secret policy fell apart. In one devastating attack Obama — and Hillary — realized they had been double-crossed and their whole theory had been a dream. In an instant it was plain they could not control the jihad from the inside.

That setback, by itself, was not necessarily a bad thing. Commanders in chief can make mistakes so why couldn’t Hillary and Obama just admit they had this theory but it didn’t work in practice and just learn from it?

Because they had pursued the policy secretly and possibly illegally. Because of 2012. Because like Hirohito, Obama could do no wrong, so there was nothing but to protect the Throne of Heaven from the accusation of fallibility and the guilt of cover-up. So they lied.

… And now he’s living with the consequences of having to pursue a strategic assumption he knows is wrong but does not dare denounce.”

Hirohito, of course, was the Emperor of Japan during the Second World War.  After the disastrous battle of Midway, the Emperor ordered his military to never speak publicly about the battle.  He also ordered all news and propaganda agencies to report a victory over the American forces at Midway.  Emperor Hirohito may have been able to orchestrate a successful coverup of his nation’s embarrassing defeat, but his propagandists were ultimately powerless to hide the fact that Japan’s navy had been significantly crippled, and its original strategies for defeating the Americans were all but useless.  The Japanese people knew something had happened, because Japan never recovered its offensive momentum, and spent the rest of the war in retreat.

Is Benghazi the Obama Administration’s version of The Battle of Midway?  If the United States spends the next two and a half years on the run from Russia, al-Qaeda, and Iran, the world will be a much more unstable and dangerous place.  But Obama has already won his Nobel Peace Prize, and both he and Hillary Clinton have massive egos and political legacies to protect.  Sadly, this might be the number one policy objective for a lame duck Obama Administration.

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  • Commander_Chico

    I’m still confused. If Benghazi with 4 deaths matters, why doesn’t Iraq with more than 4400 deaths matter?

    And wasn’t that chickenhawk armchair general Fernandez one of the cheerleaders for going into war in Iraq?

    This is what that fool wrote on April 30, 2003:

    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2003

    Now that the war in Iraq is over, it is important to remember some of those who played a part in it. History will record the battles and the command decisions of the Great, but individuals will recall it in increasingly uncertain memory; evidenced by souvenir, a lively story or a uniform kept beyond it’s season.

    Obviously, it wasn’t “over.”

    There’s loads more bullshit from that time on his old blog. Logorrhea taken as Serious Comment. I don’t know how anyone can take any of those neocon chumps seriously now. Only amnesia, I guess.

    • LiberalNightmare

      How many documents were hidden from congressional investigations by General Fernandez?

    • Walter_Cronanty

      Why so bitter, Chico? Your side won. Now girls will have their genitals mutilated and be refused an education while the boys will be raised on a diet of hatred for anything or anyone unlike them so they can grow up to be good terrorists visiting chaos, carnage and calamity on everyone.
      What a glorious victory for you. Be happy.

      • Commander_Chico

        Walter, I thought you said you were a conservative. Where in the Constitution does it say that military forces should be deployed to stop female genital mutilation and every other weird practice around the world? That is Trotskyite neoconism at its finest.

        The boys might grow up to be terrorists because we killed their dad, who was resisting a foreign invasion as any man might.

        • Retired military

          The same place is says that abortion is a constitutionial right.

          Dont you know that the constitution can mean anything that any liberal wants it to mean.
          Of course if it makes the Obama admin looks good than you are all for it.

        • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

          I down ding this chicka idiocy.

    • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

      Ground combat can be won – it’s the diplomatic efforts afterward that can make or break a ‘win’.

      • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

        …and which the progtards consistently piss away.

    • Jwb10001

      So since there was an Iraq war, now anything Obama does is ok? Every time your hero Obama screws up we hear about Iraq from you. Every time some one says anything about your hero Obama they are either a chickenhawk or a war monger. Every time Obama drags the country down you bring up Bush. Maybe you should stop living in the past, there are plenty of current issues.

      • jim_m

        So since there was an Iraq war, now anything Obama does is ok?

        That is the essence of Chico’s argument. It is yet another version of “because some GOP President sometime in the past did something that didn’t turn out perfect, obama is to be forgiven for any and all errors, mishaps and failures, no matter how severe and how unrelated to whatever passed before”.

        Chico believes that this allows him to deny the validity of even questioning whether or not something obama did was wrong.

      • Commander_Chico

        The fact is that even though Obama is a fuck up, Bush fucked up a lot more.

        Benghazi was a covert operation gone wrong. It’s called “blowback.”

        There were also many attacks on US diplomatic missions during Bush’s time, nobody on the right wing got incensed about them. This is a totally partisan witchhunt. And yes, Hillary is a witch.

        http://thedailybanter.com/2013/05/13-benghazis-that-occurred-on-bushs-watch-without-a-peep-from-fox-news/

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        • jim_m

          So you always get warning about blowback? Sure we had covert ops in Libya, but were they being run out of the consulate? Nope.

          Try again dumbass.

          • Commander_Chico

            I know you know nothing about that world, so a little reticence is called for. You don’t even know the facts of the incident.

            First, when people get pissed off at the USG overseas, they don’t distinguish among targets. Which is why diplomatic missions and American businesses are targeted.

            Second, there was a CIA compound close to the “consulate.” That is where the two CIA contractors, Doherty and Woods, were killed.

            http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/9/96/U.S._mission_and_annex_map_for_2012_Benghazi_attack.jpg/800px-U.S._mission_and_annex_map_for_2012_Benghazi_attack.jpg

          • jim_m

            Close, being several blocks away and far enough away that it could not be assaulted at the same time by the same people. Looks to be nearly a kilometer away on the road.

            How’s that video story holding up these days? I will note that you don’t talk about that at all any more. You don’t respond to anyone who points out that you supported that line of bullshit for over a yeah and a half. You say that there is nothing here in this issue, well if there was nothing here why did obama lie about it for so long?

          • Commander_Chico

            Earth to jim: substantial militias can mobilize enough fighters to attack two places in a coordinated way.

            The video might have been a contributing factor. It was in attacks on embassies in Tunis, Cairo, Sana’a and Khartoum. Even if it wasn’t in Benghazi, it does not surprise me that the government would want to obscure the possible real reason, which might have been retaliation for covert assassination raids by JSOC.

          • jim_m

            Oh, right. The video was a contributing factor in a terrorist attack that was planned months previously.

            Give it up. You claimed that this was the sole factor. obama had intel the night of the attack that said otherwise and he lied to the public to cover his ass. He withheld requests for help because to help would mean admitting that this was a terrorist act.

            The whole point of hearings is to get to the bottom of what obama knew and when he knew it and why did he lie to the American people.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            I down ding this apologia as well.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            And I down ding this chicka apologia.

          • Commander_Chico

            Oh no, not that!

        • jim_m

          Totally partisan? obama lied to the US public because his official story was that al qaeda was “on the run” and admitting that this was a terrorist incident would have looked really bad just a month before the election.

          So obama and his hacks contrived to lie to the public, lied about lying and covered up the fact that they knew they were lying.

          Yeah, this is a partisan witch hunt because obama had nothing to hide and as you say it was all Bush’s fault anyway.

        • Retired military

          Ah yes. Once again Chico goes with Option B (twice in one thread).

          Option B. Obama is bad but XXXX is worse.

          “As I said before, try answering what people say, and not try to put words in others’ mouths, debate goes better” – Chico, Famed Wizbangblog poster

          How about practising what you preach Chico.

          1 Oprah,the Lamestream media, Reid, Pelosi, and other major dems have called people racist simply because they oppose Obama’s

          policies. Yet when they oppose those same policies when espoused by Bill, Hillary. Reid, Pelos, Gore, Kerry, etc etc they weren’t considered racist then by Oprah, etc etc (I don’t know isn’t good enough)

          Do you feel that it is because the left is just playing the race card?

          2. People were called racist anarchist terrorists when they tried to delay Obamacare yet Al Franken who did the same thing wasn’t called Racist. Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the call just playing the race card because that is all they have?

          3. People were called racist anarchist terrorist when they called for the delay of all or part of Obamacare and Obama who is unconstitutionally doing the same thing is not called a racist anarchist terrorist. Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the calling are just playing the race card because that is all they have?

          4. Chico stated ” They (duck dynasty guys) were clean shaven before they pitched the TV show.” yet you provided zero proof of this statement. Please do so now.

          Examples of statements 1, 2, and 3 (since you reject the premise)

          Salon writer Joan Wals

          It’s simply stunning: Longtime Republican imagemaker Ailes figured out how to make sure that our twice-elected Democratic president, backed by a coalition that represents an emerging, multiracial America, must periodically be checked and hopefully shamed by a representative of the angry right-wing white male minority that barely considers him a legitimate leader…

          O’Reilly and Ailes and their viewers see this president as unqualified and ungrateful, an affirmative action baby who won’t thank us for all we’ve done for him and his cohort. The question was, of course, deeply condescending and borderline racist. Obama has been afforded “so much opportunity”? What about O’Reilly, who pretends he’s a working-class son of Levittown, Long Island, when he’s actually the kid of an accountant who grew up in Westbury and went to private high school and university

          ]——-

          Wall Street Journal’s Steve Moore: “This is still a pretty conservative country and people are upset about the policies in Washington and they don’t think the politicians are listening.”

          Host Chris Matthews: “Okay, I think, I think some of the people are upset because we have a black President.”

          Talking about the town hall protests against ObamaCare on MSNBC’s Hardball, August 11, 2009.

          If racism is not the whole of the Tea Party, it is in its heart, along with blind hatred, a total disinterest in the welfare of others, and a full-flowered, self-rationalizing refusal to accept the outcomes of elections, or the reality of democracy, or the narrowness of their minds and the equal narrowness of their public support.”

          — MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann on Countdown, March 22, 2010.

          “The Republican Party in this country has been running on hate and division for the last 50 years….What black person, gay guy or girl, immigrant or Muslim American in their right mind would vote for the Republican Party? They might as well hang a sign around their neck saying, ‘I hate myself.’”

          — Fill-in host Cenk Uygur on MSNBC’s The Ed Show, August 26, 2010

          Clip from RNC ad: “Stop Obama and his union bosses today. The Republican National Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising.”

          Host Lawrence O’Donnell: “The Republican Party is saying that the President of the United States has bosses, that the union bosses this President around, the unions boss him around. Does that sound to you like they are trying to consciously or subconsciously deliver the racist message that, of course, of course a black man can’t be the real boss?”

          Ex-Governor Jennifer Granholm (D-MI): “Wow, I hadn’t thought about the racial overtones….”

          — MSNBC’s The Last Word, February 25, 2011.

          “The interesting question is: what is it about this President that has stripped away the veneer of respect that normally accompanies the office of the President? Why do Republicans think this President is unpresidential — unpresidential, and shouldn’t dare to request this kind of thing? It strikes me that it could be the economic times, it could be that he won so big in 2008, or it could be, let’s face it, the color of his skin.”

          — MSNBC political analyst and ex-Newsweek reporter Richard Wolffe talking about the brief contretemps over scheduling Obama’s speech to Congress, The Last Word, August 31, 2011.

          “I get out of all of these things that many of these [Republican] candidates would rather take legislation to build a time machine and go back in time to where we had, you know, no women voting, slavery was cool. I mean, it’s just kind of ridiculous.”

          — Daytime anchor Thomas Roberts on MSNBC Live, September 23, 2011, talking about the previous night’s GOP debate.

          “Plus, what Mitt Romney has in common with the KKK. Details on a rare Romney campaign blunder ahead….So you might not hear Mitt Romney say ‘keep America American’ anymore. That’s because it was a central theme of the KKK in the 1920s. It was a rallying cry for the group’s campaign of violence and intimidation against blacks, gays and Jews.”

          — Anchor Thomas Roberts on MSNBC Live, December 14, 2011.

          Host Chris Matthews: “How does this guy [Mitt Romney] go from hard right, severely conservative, to this new regular mainstream character he’s portraying himself as?…He ran as a full mooner, Michael. You know, he was saying ‘There’s no such thing as science.’… How can he go from Flat Earth, ‘I don’t believe in evolution,’ to all of a sudden, ‘I’m teaching biology’?… It certainly was in the Grand Wizard crowd over there, okay?”

          Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele: “Wait, I resent that! No. Come on, what is this ‘Grand Wizard’ nonsense? Are you saying that we’re Ku Klux Klan?”

          Matthews: “Okay, I’m just saying, the far-right party.”

          Steele: “Give me a break! Don’t go there with me on that.”

          — MSNBC’s Hardball, April 23, 2012.

          You notice he [Romney] says ‘anger’ twice. He’s really trying to use racial coding and access some really deep stereotypes about the angry black man. This is part of the playbook against Obama. The other-ization, he’s not like us. I know it’s a heavy thing to say. I don’t say it lightly. But this is niggerization, ‘You are not one of us,’ and that ‘you are like the scary black man who we’ve been trained to fear.’”

          — Co-host Touré on MSNBC’s The Cycle, August 16, 2012.

          Host Martin Bashir: “Of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s forthcoming oration, can I quote something [to] you? ‘For four years, Barack Obama has been running from the nation’s problems. He hasn’t been working to earn re-election. He’s been working to earn a spot on the PGA tour.’ How about that?”

          MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell: “Well, we know exactly what he’s trying to do there….These people reach for every single possible racial double-entendre they can possibly find in every one of these speeches.”

          — MSNBC’s Martin Bashir, August 29, 2012, talking about McConnell’s speech at the Republican National Convention.

          They hate Obama. They want him out of the White House more than they want to destroy al Qaeda. Their number one enemy in the world right now, on the right, is their hatred — hatred for Obama. We can go into that about the white working class in the South, and looking at these numbers we’re getting in the last couple days about racial hatred in many cases. This isn’t about being a better president. They want to get rid of this president. That’s their number one goal and they’re willing to let Romney go to the hard center, even if it’s to the left on issues, as long as they get rid of this guy.”

          — Chris Matthews during MSNBC’s post-debate coverage, October 22, 2012

          “I look at Obama as a perfect American. I don’t mean politically. We can disagree left and right on him. You can argue about the drones. Argue about the fiscal policy, all that stuff. But as a citizen. The guy went to school, he never broke a law. He did everything right. He raised a wonderful family. He’s a good husband, a good father. My God I don’t think he’s ever gotten a speeding ticket. The guy does everything right and these right-wingers — and he’s really been pretty moderate on guns until the horror of Newtown — and I don’t know what they’re so afraid of, except that he happens to be black.”

          — Host Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s Hardball, March 6, 2013

          What does your study tell you about the nature of the racial piece here of the Tea Party?…Is it sort of a resumption of the Old South, of the way things were before the Civil War, for example? Is it like that old dreamy nostalgia you get in the old movies, Gone With the Wind? Is it that kind of America they want to bring back or what? When there were no gays, where blacks were slaves, Mexicans were in Mexico? I mean, is this what they want?”

          — Chris Matthews to author Christopher Parker on MSNBC’s Hardball, March 20, 2013

          The problem is there are people in this country — maybe 10 percent, I don’t know what the number, maybe 20 percent on a bad day — who want this President to have an asterisk next to his name in the history books, that he really wasn’t President….They can’t stand the idea that he is President, and a piece of it is racism. Not that somebody in one racial group doesn’t like somebody in another racial group. So what? It is the sense that the white race must rule. That’s what racism is. And they can’t stand the idea that a man who is not white is President.”

          — Chris Matthews appearing as a guest on MSNBC’s PoliticsNation, May 15, 2013

          “The IRS is being used in exactly the same way as they tried to use the President’s birth certificate…Despite the complete lack of any evidence linking the President to the targeting of Tea Party groups, Republicans are using it as their latest weapon in the war against the black man in the White House….This afternoon, we welcome the latest phrase in the lexicon of Republican attacks on this President — the IRS. Three letters that sound so innocent, but we know what you mean.”

          — MSNBC host Martin Bashir, June 5, 2013.

          ¦ “At least back in 1939, when Marian Anderson had to sing here, ‘My Country ‘Tis of Thee’ rather than at the Constitution Hall, because — they said the reason was she was black. At least they were honest back then….[Today] you’ve got people talking about nullification of the law of the land [ObamaCare]. You got people talking impeachment like [Senator Tom] Coburn. You got Ted Cruz out there. They never say their problem with Obama is that he’s black, but look at the pattern….At least the Daughters of the American Revolution knew what they were saying and they said it out loud: ‘He’s black, she’s black, she can’t sing here.’ These guys today use all the techniques of nullification and talking about illegitimacy and accusing the President of being a crook, basically, for even being president, because he’s here illegally. And then they talk about impeaching him on grounds they can’t even come up with. At least in the old days they were honest about it. Today, they’re not.”

          — Chris Matthews during MSNBC live coverage of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, August 28, 2013.

          ¦ “I want to talk today about a controversial word….A word that was originally intended as a derogatory term, meant to shame and divide and demean. The word was conceived of by a group of wealthy white men who needed a way to put themselves above and apart from a black man, to render him inferior and unequal and to diminish his accomplishments…. Y’all know the word that I’m talking about: ‘ObamaCare.’”

          — Host Melissa Harris-Perry on her MSNBC show, December 8, 2013.

          Host Ed Schultz compared Tea Party activists to Nazi brownshirts and said that the Republican Party stands for racism; and accused Texas Gov. Rick Perry of referring to Obama in racial terms when he described the national debt as a “big black cloud” hanging over the heads of the American people.

          Reporter Lawrence O’Donnell accused Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell of using a “racial double-entendre” when McConnell complained that Obama spends too much time golfing;

          Daytime anchor Thomas Roberts famously claimed that Republicans want to go back to a time when “slavery was cool;”

          Contributing analyst Toure – so self-important that he goes by only one name – accused Romney of participating in the “niggerization” of Obama;

          PRESS: I just think the whole thing is outrageous. I hate this apology, I think it was unnecessary and just, just played right into their hands. And, I mean, they won’t (laughs), they’re not going to let conservatives watch MSNBC, fine! You’re not even going to notice that. How many conservatives, seriously, are watching Ed Schultz or Rachel Maddow, you know, or Al Sharpton every night?

          JEREMY HOLDEN OF MEDIA MATTERS: Yeah, yeah, I don’t know, but, uh, I’m just …

          PRESS: It’s silly.

          HOLDEN: I want to see how this probation looks and when it ends. (Alluding to RNC chair Reince Priebus’s response to Cheerios ad tweet). And what, you know, is there going to be a soft landing from the probation? This is kind of silly at this point.

          PRESS: It is and, you know, first of all, good for Cheerios for bringing that spot back and not bowing into the pressure and as far as this tweet goes, again, “maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everybody else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family,” that’s the truth. That is the truth! The right winger, the racist right winger will hate it. Everybody else will like it. It’s a beautiful spot.

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          Hunter – Daily Kos

          MSNBC bending over themselves to apologize for someone in the network thinking the American right wing was made up of people who pore over the nation’s television commercials to find companies acting Not Bigoted Enough is, and there’s no other word for it, pathetic. As are, of course, the predictable reactions from the right wing themselves. You would think that people who get so very, very, very mad whenever someone suggests that they might be bigoted simpletons would be able to go at least one weekend without proving to be exactly that, but no. Never quite works out that way.

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          Ron Fournier – Twitter

          The GOP argument on Obamacare has more than a whiff of Reagan-era racial “welfare queen” politics —>

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          Ron Fournier – Twitter

          In light of today’s #Obamacare column, a little background: “How and Why Romney is Playing the Race Card.”

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          “There are certain elements of the party who go out of their way to demonize people who don’t look like the way they’d like them to look like or came from some other place,” Powell said. “I think

          the party has to deal with this.”

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          Markos MoulitsaS

          …[T]he GOP has a problem. It can’t win national elections without getting some support from immigrant demographics—Asians and Latinos, the fastest growing in the country. Yet conservatives hate brown and different-looking people. They speak foreign languages and eat weird stuff and play strange music and vote Democratic. Those are all unforgivable sins.

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          GERALDO

          “What we had here with you and President Obama was a culture class… It was the president of most of the white guys of America, that’s you. And, Barack Obama the president of almost everybody else. And the discussion was at that level… To watch it was some ways unsettling to me… What you did was strip him of his majesty…”

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          From An examiner story about congressman Cummings

          In fact, the authors of the very report cited by Cummings, Devin Burghart and Leonard Zeskind also “exposed” alleged links between “certain Tea Party factions and acknowledged racist hate groups,” for the NAACP in 2010, as reported by Jack Cashill at the American Thinker, who writes wryly that Zeskind “could find racists in each of the nine choirs of angels and feel comfortable designating at least three of those choirs as hate groups.”

          At the time, Burghart and Zeskind wrote in part that Tea Party members were

          “defending their special pale-skinned privileges and power.”

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          HOWARD FINEMAN (on MSNBC): And as if that’s some kind of explanation, some kind of explanation for the weird phenomenon of the fact that the Republicans didn’t win. There was this extraterrestrial force out there of African-Americans and Hispanics.

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          CHarlie Crist – ““Sadly I think another part of it was that he was a Democrat, but not just a Democrat, an African-American.””

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          MSNBC interview regarding rejection of union.

          WAGNER: – nails this a little bit. And he talks about the UAW has, or the idea of organized labor and finds, y’know, great welcome in NYU and in bastions of sort of liberal, progressive thought. But then when it comes down to it, here you have workers on an assembly line in Chattanooga, Tennessee, who have turned down the option. And he makes a point that, “As many unions have discovered, generally to their woe, the politics of race and culture often eclipse those of class in the United States.” [1]

          NOAH: Right.

          WAGNER: And these sort of cultural means around unions, um, distracted from the actual economic benefits of them. [2]

          NOAH: The South has always been hostile territory for union organizing. Y’know, as Harold said, the culture war in the South trumps the class war. [1] You already have in a number of Southern states right to work laws, which means that even if they had unionized the plants, those who benefitted from the presence of that union wouldn’t have had to pay union dues if they didn’t feel like it.

          So you’re in an overwhelmingly hostile climate. And the opposition I gather, through, portrayed this as a kind of northern invasion, a refighting of the Civil War. [3] Apparently there are not a lot of, uh, black employees in this particular plant. [4] And so, that kind of, uh, uh, uh, waving of the Confederate flag was an effective strategy. [5]

          WAGNER: That would explain also the sign, “United Obama Workers,” which speaks volumes [6] in terms of the, uh, cultural differences in certain parxts of the country. Author Timothy Noah, thank you as always for your time and thoughts.

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          In May 2010, he told guests at a private White House dinner that race was probably a key component in the rising opposition to his presidency from conservatives, especially right-wing activists in the anti-incumbent “Tea Party” movement that was then surging across the country. Many middle-class and working-class whites felt aggrieved and resentful that the federal government was helping other groups, including bankers, automakers, irresponsible people who had defaulted

          Harry reid – ““We’re not going to bow to tea party anarchists who deny

          the mere fact that Obamacare is the law. We will not bow to tea party anarchists who

          refuse to accept that the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare is constitutional,”

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          Former Wash Post Editor Robert Kaiser

          “The base consists principally of white evangelical Christians who, the pollsters tell us, fear that their America is disappearing. Of course they are right; it has probably disappeared already. Their America would not have elected a black president.

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          From Wash times regarding Obama appointee

          A furious Mr. Reid hinted that Republicans’ opposition was based on racism, pointing to to several other black nominees that GOP senators had opposed earlier. But in the case of Mr. Adegbile, his defense of Abu-Jamal was too much for even some Democrats

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          Andrew O’Hehir Salon.com

          When you think of the face of white rage in America, it belongs to a red-faced Irish dude on Fox News.

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          Paul krugman NY Times

          Indeed, race is the Rosetta Stone that makes sense of many otherwise incomprehensible aspects of U.S. politics.

          We are told, for example, that conservatives are against big government and high spending. Yet even as Republican governors and state legislatures block the expansion of Medicaid, the G.O.P. angrily denounces modest cost-saving measures for Medicare. How can this contradiction be explained? Well, what do many Medicaid recipients look like – and I’m talking about the color of their skin, not the content of their character – and how does that compare with the typical Medicare beneficiary? Mystery solved.

          One odd consequence of our still-racialized politics is that conservatives are still, in effect, mobilizing against the bums on welfare even though both the bums and the welfare are long gone or never existed. Mr. Santelli’s fury was directed against mortgage relief that never actually happened. Right-wingers rage against tales of food stamp abuse that almost always turn out to be false or at least greatly exaggerated. And Mr. Ryan’s black-men-don’t-want-to-work theory of poverty is decades out of date.

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          Huffington post 8 apr 2014

          There has been a long-simmering controversy about whether supporters of the Tea Party are more racially prejudiced than the average American, with some solid public opinion evidence suggesting that they are. However, well beyond the Tea Party hard core, there is evidence that race does play a role.

          Is the problem of relentless partisan animus in the Obama era one of lingering racism?

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          Candy Crowley: Do you think your Republican colleagues are racist?

          DCCC Chairl Steve Israel: Not all of them, no. Of course not. But to a significant extent, the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism.

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          Pelosi : Racist GOP won’t deal with immigration.

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          WAPO article entitled “Democrats are talking about race and the Republican Party an awful lot lately. Is it a smart midterm strategy?”

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          The New Republic – The Right’s Racial Blinders What really explains the politics of the Obama era

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          Dana Milbank – “Let’s compare Holder to Kathleen Sebelius, who has presided over Obamacare, which is the thing that has most antagonized the Right and the Republicans over all these years. You’re not seeing calls for her impeachment, you’re not seeing the same level of personal vitriol.

          I think, that’s why, again, it’s fair to ask the question, and let every individual say why it is that they have that particular antipathy toward this attorney general, toward this president, and why not, say, toward Kathleen Sebelius, who they’re obviously much more at odds with.”

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          Salon: ABC News ‘Bending Over Backwards’ to Offer Laura Ingraham a Platform for ‘Vile Racism’

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          WAPO article

          “Baseball great Hank Aaron is catching hell for telling the truth. Actually, the Hall of Famer is catching hell from racists because he had the temerity to point out that racism still exists. Those who think otherwise are delusional and willfully ignorant of the racial state of play in the United States.

          Aaron’s alleged offense occurred in a USA Today interview with sports reporter Bob Nightengale. Aaron explained why he still has the racist hate mail he received as he closed in on breaking Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record 40 years ago last week.”

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          Hank Aaron

          “Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated. We have moved in the right direction, and there have been improvements, but we still have a long ways to go. The bigger difference is back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.””

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          Yahoo news article by Matt Bai

          So now it’s out there. After five years of studied reticence (unless they were talking privately to one another or their supporters), Democratic leaders in Washington finally went public last week with what they really think is motivating Republican opposition to Barack Obama. As Steve Israel, one of the top Democrats in Congress, told CNN’s Candy Crowley, the Republican base, “to a significant extent,” is “animated by racism.”

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          Leonard Pitts – Indy Star

          Race plays part in how Holder, Obama are treated

          • Retired military

            Part 2 since proof of Dems calling republicans racist have outstripped the capacity of a DISCUS reply.

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            Frank James NPR “Social scientists who have studied voters have found that voter participation rises when voters are emotionally engaged,” he noted. “For some voters, suggestions that some of the opposition to Obama and his policies is more than just honest disagreement – and is indeed racially based – could help do the trick.”

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            Pelosi tweet – Over 50% of food stamp recipients are people of color. The GOP Budget takes food out their mouths

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            Brent Terry, professor at Eastern Connecticut “If racist republicans win than colleges will start closing up”

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            Jonathon Chait “”America’s unique brand of ideological anti-statism is historically inseparable…from the legacy of slavery,”

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            WAPO columnist Jonathan Capehart “republicans extolled the wonders and the virtues and the beauty of slavery,”

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            Dem Ill Gov Quinn “Black republicans are like Jews (who) collaborated with the Nazis during World War II, helping them to round up their own people in the hopes they’d be the last to go.”

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            Ed Schultz MSNBC

            “So the president goes to the other side of the world and that’s what he gets asked about, racism. How sad is that? But you know what? When you’re the first, you always get picked on. And I have to tell you that this president, I think, is very bold, very strong, very well guided, and has a moral compass. And there’s absolutely no question about it that he has been picked on because of the color of his skin. And there’s no doubt that he has been called many names by conservative talkers in America, many names. He has been targeted, he has been obstructed. And I think that the way this president has been treated empowers jokers like this (alluding to Sterling), like, well, the government does it, we all see it. I guess we can say whatever the hell we want and act however we want. That’s my take on it. I, I, I think that this is a scab that’s been ripped off again and it’s a scab that really, undoubtedly is gonna happen again and again on America. But I believe, I pin this attitude that we have in society being inflamed by right-wing talkers who hate this president, that embolden people such as this guy to go on and act disrespectful against society.”

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            Dorian Warren, Columbia professor “There’s a distinction we should make between racist words and speech, and racist practices and policies. We should be focused on the policies and the racial impact of policies that those Republican leaders frankly stand for,”

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            MSNBC’s Touré “Some of these folks who own these NBA teams, and this is breaking news, Ari. Some of them are not the most savory folks. Some of them are bankrolling anti-gay marriage initiatives. Some of them got rich off of fracking. Some of them are Russian oligarchs.”

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            Dem Rep. Bennie Thompson “Let’s face it, pretty much all criticism of Obama is racist”

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            Eugene Robinson WAPO ” This worldview has found a home in the tea party movement, which harbors — let’s be honest — a racist strain.”

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            Democratic Congressman Bennie Thompson ” Justice Thomas is an Uncle Tom” “Sen. McConnell is a racist”

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            “Voting Rights Erosion Is Greater Racist Outrage” Albert Hunt Bloomber

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            New York magazine Jonathan Chait, “America’s unique brand of ideological anti-statism is historically inseparable…from the legacy of slavery.”

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            Theatlantic.com

            Dem Rep Bennie Thompson told a radio show. “That Mitch McConnell would have the audacity to tell the president of the United States … that ‘I don’t care what you come up with we’re going to be against it.’ Now if that’s not a racist statement I don’t know what is.”

            For good measure, Thompson added that Clarence Thomas “doesn’t like black people, he doesn’t like being black.”

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            “I think not raising the minimum wage is a racist policy,” stated Ed Schultz

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            Charlie Crist “Crist: Race Motivates GOP Opposition to Obama”

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            Speaker at Democrat sponsored White Privilege Conference

            “The longer you are in the Tea Party, the more racist you become.”

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            New York Times columnist Bob Herbert “Republicans are hostile to the interests of African-Americans” a

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            Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Racism–and sexism and homophobia–are about organizing power, not merely disliking the cut of one’s jib. And if Hillary Clinton becomes president, she will have to cope with being perceived as a woman representing the interests of black people and women of all ethnicities. Sexism will never be off the stage. Nor will racism.”

            the Atlantic

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            Progressivestoday.com “race is driving almost everything that’s happening in the country”

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        • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

          I down ding this chicka fecklessness.

    • ikonag

      Most combat deaths have occurred under Obama.

      • Commander_Chico

        are you a total idiot or just a shill?

        • jim_m

          Face it Chico, your credibility on Benghazi is crap since you defended the “It’s the video’s fault” line all the way up to two weeks ago.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            You do a disservice to crap.

        • Retired military

          You have a lock on the total idiot part Chico.

          • Sky__Captain

            I must protest. It is quite obvious that Chico is both a total idiot AND a shill.

          • Retired military

            Well when you are right you are right.

        • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

          …pluckest thou first the beam from thine own eye.

          • Retired military

            beam? beam? that is a whole fucking forest.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            Indeed it is.

      • SeanThomes

        yeah, except for the reality that they actually didnt

        http://icasualties.org/Iraq/ByYear.aspx

        • ikonag

          Afghanistan? I don’t see that in your link.

    • JWH

      I, for one, am not interested in relitigating Iraq. You can die on that hill if you choose, but I’d rather move on.

      • jim_m

        I’m all for it. Let’s convene a select committee and investigate why dems like Hillary voted for the authorization bill. Let’s hear them defend their statements on the floor of the Senate. Chico wants to blame it all on Bush. There is plenty of blame to go around. But if the idiot wants to make this a big deal go right ahead.

        But let’s be clear, it is a separate issue from Benghazi. Chico can have his exhumation of Iraq when we are done with Benghazi.

      • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

        There is no un-ringing that bell.

    • Retired military

      And chico goes with Option B.

      Obama is Bad but XXXX is worse

      “As I said before, try answering what people say, and not try to put words in others’ mouths, debate goes better” – Chico, Famed Wizbangblog poster

      How about practising what you preach Chico.

      1 Oprah,the Lamestream media, Reid, Pelosi, and other major dems have called people racist simply because they oppose Obama’s

      policies. Yet when they oppose those same policies when espoused by Bill, Hillary. Reid, Pelos, Gore, Kerry, etc etc they weren’t considered racist then by Oprah, etc etc (I don’t know isn’t good enough)

      Do you feel that it is because the left is just playing the race card?

      2. People were called racist anarchist terrorists when they tried to delay Obamacare yet Al Franken who did the same thing wasn’t called Racist. Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the call just playing the race card because that is all they have?

      3. People were called racist anarchist terrorist when they called for the delay of all or part of Obamacare and Obama who is unconstitutionally doing the same thing is not called a racist anarchist terrorist. Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the calling are just playing the race card because that is all they have?

      4. Chico stated ” They (duck dynasty guys) were clean shaven before they pitched the TV show.” yet you provided zero proof of this statement. Please do so now.

      Examples of statements 1, 2, and 3 (since you reject the premise)

      Salon writer Joan Wals

      It’s simply stunning: Longtime Republican imagemaker Ailes figured out how to make sure that our twice-elected Democratic president, backed by a coalition that represents an emerging, multiracial America, must periodically be checked and hopefully shamed by a representative of the angry right-wing white male minority that barely considers him a legitimate leader…

      O’Reilly and Ailes and their viewers see this president as unqualified and ungrateful, an affirmative action baby who won’t thank us for all we’ve done for him and his cohort. The question was, of course, deeply condescending and borderline racist. Obama has been afforded “so much opportunity”? What about O’Reilly, who pretends he’s a working-class son of Levittown, Long Island, when he’s actually the kid of an accountant who grew up in Westbury and went to private high school and university

      ]——-

      Wall Street Journal’s Steve Moore: “This is still a pretty conservative country and people are upset about the policies in Washington and they don’t think the politicians are listening.”

      Host Chris Matthews: “Okay, I think, I think some of the people are upset because we have a black President.”

      Talking about the town hall protests against ObamaCare on MSNBC’s Hardball, August 11, 2009.

      If racism is not the whole of the Tea Party, it is in its heart, along with blind hatred, a total disinterest in the welfare of others, and a full-flowered, self-rationalizing refusal to accept the outcomes of elections, or the reality of democracy, or the narrowness of their minds and the equal narrowness of their public support.”

      — MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann on Countdown, March 22, 2010.

      “The Republican Party in this country has been running on hate and division for the last 50 years….What black person, gay guy or girl, immigrant or Muslim American in their right mind would vote for the Republican Party? They might as well hang a sign around their neck saying, ‘I hate myself.’”

      — Fill-in host Cenk Uygur on MSNBC’s The Ed Show, August 26, 2010

      Clip from RNC ad: “Stop Obama and his union bosses today. The Republican National Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising.”

      Host Lawrence O’Donnell: “The Republican Party is saying that the President of the United States has bosses, that the union bosses this President around, the unions boss him around. Does that sound to you like they are trying to consciously or subconsciously deliver the racist message that, of course, of course a black man can’t be the real boss?”

      Ex-Governor Jennifer Granholm (D-MI): “Wow, I hadn’t thought about the racial overtones….”

      — MSNBC’s The Last Word, February 25, 2011.

      “The interesting question is: what is it about this President that has stripped away the veneer of respect that normally accompanies the office of the President? Why do Republicans think this President is unpresidential — unpresidential, and shouldn’t dare to request this kind of thing? It strikes me that it could be the economic times, it could be that he won so big in 2008, or it could be, let’s face it, the color of his skin.”

      — MSNBC political analyst and ex-Newsweek reporter Richard Wolffe talking about the brief contretemps over scheduling Obama’s speech to Congress, The Last Word, August 31, 2011.

      “I get out of all of these things that many of these [Republican] candidates would rather take legislation to build a time machine and go back in time to where we had, you know, no women voting, slavery was cool. I mean, it’s just kind of ridiculous.”

      — Daytime anchor Thomas Roberts on MSNBC Live, September 23, 2011, talking about the previous night’s GOP debate.

      “Plus, what Mitt Romney has in common with the KKK. Details on a rare Romney campaign blunder ahead….So you might not hear Mitt Romney say ‘keep America American’ anymore. That’s because it was a central theme of the KKK in the 1920s. It was a rallying cry for the group’s campaign of violence and intimidation against blacks, gays and Jews.”

      — Anchor Thomas Roberts on MSNBC Live, December 14, 2011.

      Host Chris Matthews: “How does this guy [Mitt Romney] go from hard right, severely conservative, to this new regular mainstream character he’s portraying himself as?…He ran as a full mooner, Michael. You know, he was saying ‘There’s no such thing as science.’… How can he go from Flat Earth, ‘I don’t believe in evolution,’ to all of a sudden, ‘I’m teaching biology’?… It certainly was in the Grand Wizard crowd over there, okay?”

      Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele: “Wait, I resent that! No. Come on, what is this ‘Grand Wizard’ nonsense? Are you saying that we’re Ku Klux Klan?”

      Matthews: “Okay, I’m just saying, the far-right party.”

      Steele: “Give me a break! Don’t go there with me on that.”

      — MSNBC’s Hardball, April 23, 2012.

      You notice he [Romney] says ‘anger’ twice. He’s really trying to use racial coding and access some really deep stereotypes about the angry black man. This is part of the playbook against Obama. The other-ization, he’s not like us. I know it’s a heavy thing to say. I don’t say it lightly. But this is niggerization, ‘You are not one of us,’ and that ‘you are like the scary black man who we’ve been trained to fear.’”

      — Co-host Touré on MSNBC’s The Cycle, August 16, 2012.

      Host Martin Bashir: “Of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s forthcoming oration, can I quote something [to] you? ‘For four years, Barack Obama has been running from the nation’s problems. He hasn’t been working to earn re-election. He’s been working to earn a spot on the PGA tour.’ How about that?”

      MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell: “Well, we know exactly what he’s trying to do there….These people reach for every single possible racial double-entendre they can possibly find in every one of these speeches.”

      — MSNBC’s Martin Bashir, August 29, 2012, talking about McConnell’s speech at the Republican National Convention.

      They hate Obama. They want him out of the White House more than they want to destroy al Qaeda. Their number one enemy in the world right now, on the right, is their hatred — hatred for Obama. We can go into that about the white working class in the South, and looking at these numbers we’re getting in the last couple days about racial hatred in many cases. This isn’t about being a better president. They want to get rid of this president. That’s their number one goal and they’re willing to let Romney go to the hard center, even if it’s to the left on issues, as long as they get rid of this guy.”

      — Chris Matthews during MSNBC’s post-debate coverage, October 22, 2012

      “I look at Obama as a perfect American. I don’t mean politically. We can disagree left and right on him. You can argue about the drones. Argue about the fiscal policy, all that stuff. But as a citizen. The guy went to school, he never broke a law. He did everything right. He raised a wonderful family. He’s a good husband, a good father. My God I don’t think he’s ever gotten a speeding ticket. The guy does everything right and these right-wingers — and he’s really been pretty moderate on guns until the horror of Newtown — and I don’t know what they’re so afraid of, except that he happens to be black.”

      — Host Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s Hardball, March 6, 2013

      What does your study tell you about the nature of the racial piece here of the Tea Party?…Is it sort of a resumption of the Old South, of the way things were before the Civil War, for example? Is it like that old dreamy nostalgia you get in the old movies, Gone With the Wind? Is it that kind of America they want to bring back or what? When there were no gays, where blacks were slaves, Mexicans were in Mexico? I mean, is this what they want?”

      — Chris Matthews to author Christopher Parker on MSNBC’s Hardball, March 20, 2013

      The problem is there are people in this country — maybe 10 percent, I don’t know what the number, maybe 20 percent on a bad day — who want this President to have an asterisk next to his name in the history books, that he really wasn’t President….They can’t stand the idea that he is President, and a piece of it is racism. Not that somebody in one racial group doesn’t like somebody in another racial group. So what? It is the sense that the white race must rule. That’s what racism is. And they can’t stand the idea that a man who is not white is President.”

      — Chris Matthews appearing as a guest on MSNBC’s PoliticsNation, May 15, 2013

      “The IRS is being used in exactly the same way as they tried to use the President’s birth certificate…Despite the complete lack of any evidence linking the President to the targeting of Tea Party groups, Republicans are using it as their latest weapon in the war against the black man in the White House….This afternoon, we welcome the latest phrase in the lexicon of Republican attacks on this President — the IRS. Three letters that sound so innocent, but we know what you mean.”

      — MSNBC host Martin Bashir, June 5, 2013.

      ¦ “At least back in 1939, when Marian Anderson had to sing here, ‘My Country ‘Tis of Thee’ rather than at the Constitution Hall, because — they said the reason was she was black. At least they were honest back then….[Today] you’ve got people talking about nullification of the law of the land [ObamaCare]. You got people talking impeachment like [Senator Tom] Coburn. You got Ted Cruz out there. They never say their problem with Obama is that he’s black, but look at the pattern….At least the Daughters of the American Revolution knew what they were saying and they said it out loud: ‘He’s black, she’s black, she can’t sing here.’ These guys today use all the techniques of nullification and talking about illegitimacy and accusing the President of being a crook, basically, for even being president, because he’s here illegally. And then they talk about impeaching him on grounds they can’t even come up with. At least in the old days they were honest about it. Today, they’re not.”

      — Chris Matthews during MSNBC live coverage of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, August 28, 2013.

      ¦ “I want to talk today about a controversial word….A word that was originally intended as a derogatory term, meant to shame and divide and demean. The word was conceived of by a group of wealthy white men who needed a way to put themselves above and apart from a black man, to render him inferior and unequal and to diminish his accomplishments…. Y’all know the word that I’m talking about: ‘ObamaCare.’”

      — Host Melissa Harris-Perry on her MSNBC show, December 8, 2013.

      Host Ed Schultz compared Tea Party activists to Nazi brownshirts and said that the Republican Party stands for racism; and accused Texas Gov. Rick Perry of referring to Obama in racial terms when he described the national debt as a “big black cloud” hanging over the heads of the American people.

      Reporter Lawrence O’Donnell accused Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell of using a “racial double-entendre” when McConnell complained that Obama spends too much time golfing;

      Daytime anchor Thomas Roberts famously claimed that Republicans want to go back to a time when “slavery was cool;”

      Contributing analyst Toure – so self-important that he goes by only one name – accused Romney of participating in the “niggerization” of Obama;

      PRESS: I just think the whole thing is outrageous. I hate this apology, I think it was unnecessary and just, just played right into their hands. And, I mean, they won’t (laughs), they’re not going to let conservatives watch MSNBC, fine! You’re not even going to notice that. How many conservatives, seriously, are watching Ed Schultz or Rachel Maddow, you know, or Al Sharpton every night?

      JEREMY HOLDEN OF MEDIA MATTERS: Yeah, yeah, I don’t know, but, uh, I’m just …

      PRESS: It’s silly.

      HOLDEN: I want to see how this probation looks and when it ends. (Alluding to RNC chair Reince Priebus’s response to Cheerios ad tweet). And what, you know, is there going to be a soft landing from the probation? This is kind of silly at this point.

      PRESS: It is and, you know, first of all, good for Cheerios for bringing that spot back and not bowing into the pressure and as far as this tweet goes, again, “maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everybody else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family,” that’s the truth. That is the truth! The right winger, the racist right winger will hate it. Everybody else will like it. It’s a beautiful spot.

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      Hunter – Daily Kos

      MSNBC bending over themselves to apologize for someone in the network thinking the American right wing was made up of people who pore over the nation’s television commercials to find companies acting Not Bigoted Enough is, and there’s no other word for it, pathetic. As are, of course, the predictable reactions from the right wing themselves. You would think that people who get so very, very, very mad whenever someone suggests that they might be bigoted simpletons would be able to go at least one weekend without proving to be exactly that, but no. Never quite works out that way.

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      Ron Fournier – Twitter

      The GOP argument on Obamacare has more than a whiff of Reagan-era racial “welfare queen” politics —>

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      Ron Fournier – Twitter

      In light of today’s #Obamacare column, a little background: “How and Why Romney is Playing the Race Card.”

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      “There are certain elements of the party who go out of their way to demonize people who don’t look like the way they’d like them to look like or came from some other place,” Powell said. “I think

      the party has to deal with this.”

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      Markos MoulitsaS

      …[T]he GOP has a problem. It can’t win national elections without getting some support from immigrant demographics—Asians and Latinos, the fastest growing in the country. Yet conservatives hate brown and different-looking people. They speak foreign languages and eat weird stuff and play strange music and vote Democratic. Those are all unforgivable sins.

      ————–

      GERALDO

      “What we had here with you and President Obama was a culture class… It was the president of most of the white guys of America, that’s you. And, Barack Obama the president of almost everybody else. And the discussion was at that level… To watch it was some ways unsettling to me… What you did was strip him of his majesty…”

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      From An examiner story about congressman Cummings

      In fact, the authors of the very report cited by Cummings, Devin Burghart and Leonard Zeskind also “exposed” alleged links between “certain Tea Party factions and acknowledged racist hate groups,” for the NAACP in 2010, as reported by Jack Cashill at the American Thinker, who writes wryly that Zeskind “could find racists in each of the nine choirs of angels and feel comfortable designating at least three of those choirs as hate groups.”

      At the time, Burghart and Zeskind wrote in part that Tea Party members were

      “defending their special pale-skinned privileges and power.”

      ——————-

      HOWARD FINEMAN (on MSNBC): And as if that’s some kind of explanation, some kind of explanation for the weird phenomenon of the fact that the Republicans didn’t win. There was this extraterrestrial force out there of African-Americans and Hispanics.

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      CHarlie Crist – ““Sadly I think another part of it was that he was a Democrat, but not just a Democrat, an African-American.””

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      MSNBC interview regarding rejection of union.

      WAGNER: – nails this a little bit. And he talks about the UAW has, or the idea of organized labor and finds, y’know, great welcome in NYU and in bastions of sort of liberal, progressive thought. But then when it comes down to it, here you have workers on an assembly line in Chattanooga, Tennessee, who have turned down the option. And he makes a point that, “As many unions have discovered, generally to their woe, the politics of race and culture often eclipse those of class in the United States.” [1]

      NOAH: Right.

      WAGNER: And these sort of cultural means around unions, um, distracted from the actual economic benefits of them. [2]

      NOAH: The South has always been hostile territory for union organizing. Y’know, as Harold said, the culture war in the South trumps the class war. [1] You already have in a number of Southern states right to work laws, which means that even if they had unionized the plants, those who benefitted from the presence of that union wouldn’t have had to pay union dues if they didn’t feel like it.

      So you’re in an overwhelmingly hostile climate. And the opposition I gather, through, portrayed this as a kind of northern invasion, a refighting of the Civil War. [3] Apparently there are not a lot of, uh, black employees in this particular plant. [4] And so, that kind of, uh, uh, uh, waving of the Confederate flag was an effective strategy. [5]

      WAGNER: That would explain also the sign, “United Obama Workers,” which speaks volumes [6] in terms of the, uh, cultural differences in certain parxts of the country. Author Timothy Noah, thank you as always for your time and thoughts.

      —————-

      In May 2010, he told guests at a private White House dinner that race was probably a key component in the rising opposition to his presidency from conservatives, especially right-wing activists in the anti-incumbent “Tea Party” movement that was then surging across the country. Many middle-class and working-class whites felt aggrieved and resentful that the federal government was helping other groups, including bankers, automakers, irresponsible people who had defaulted

      Harry reid – ““We’re not going to bow to tea party anarchists who deny

      the mere fact that Obamacare is the law. We will not bow to tea party anarchists who

      refuse to accept that the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare is constitutional,”

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      Former Wash Post Editor Robert Kaiser

      “The base consists principally of white evangelical Christians who, the pollsters tell us, fear that their America is disappearing. Of course they are right; it has probably disappeared already. Their America would not have elected a black president.

      ————

      From Wash times regarding Obama appointee

      A furious Mr. Reid hinted that Republicans’ opposition was based on racism, pointing to to several other black nominees that GOP senators had opposed earlier. But in the case of Mr. Adegbile, his defense of Abu-Jamal was too much for even some Democrats

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      Andrew O’Hehir Salon.com

      When you think of the face of white rage in America, it belongs to a red-faced Irish dude on Fox News.

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      Paul krugman NY Times

      Indeed, race is the Rosetta Stone that makes sense of many otherwise incomprehensible aspects of U.S. politics.

      We are told, for example, that conservatives are against big government and high spending. Yet even as Republican governors and state legislatures block the expansion of Medicaid, the G.O.P. angrily denounces modest cost-saving measures for Medicare. How can this contradiction be explained? Well, what do many Medicaid recipients look like – and I’m talking about the color of their skin, not the content of their character – and how does that compare with the typical Medicare beneficiary? Mystery solved.

      One odd consequence of our still-racialized politics is that conservatives are still, in effect, mobilizing against the bums on welfare even though both the bums and the welfare are long gone or never existed. Mr. Santelli’s fury was directed against mortgage relief that never actually happened. Right-wingers rage against tales of food stamp abuse that almost always turn out to be false or at least greatly exaggerated. And Mr. Ryan’s black-men-don’t-want-to-work theory of poverty is decades out of date.

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      Huffington post 8 apr 2014

      There has been a long-simmering controversy about whether supporters of the Tea Party are more racially prejudiced than the average American, with some solid public opinion evidence suggesting that they are. However, well beyond the Tea Party hard core, there is evidence that race does play a role.

      Is the problem of relentless partisan animus in the Obama era one of lingering racism?

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      Candy Crowley: Do you think your Republican colleagues are racist?

      DCCC Chairl Steve Israel: Not all of them, no. Of course not. But to a significant extent, the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism.

      ===================

      Pelosi : Racist GOP won’t deal with immigration.

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      WAPO article entitled “Democrats are talking about race and the Republican Party an awful lot lately. Is it a smart midterm strategy?”

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      The New Republic – The Right’s Racial Blinders What really explains the politics of the Obama era

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      Dana Milbank – “Let’s compare Holder to Kathleen Sebelius, who has presided over Obamacare, which is the thing that has most antagonized the Right and the Republicans over all these years. You’re not seeing calls for her impeachment, you’re not seeing the same level of personal vitriol.

      I think, that’s why, again, it’s fair to ask the question, and let every individual say why it is that they have that particular antipathy toward this attorney general, toward this president, and why not, say, toward Kathleen Sebelius, who they’re obviously much more at odds with.”

      ——-

      Salon: ABC News ‘Bending Over Backwards’ to Offer Laura Ingraham a Platform for ‘Vile Racism’

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      WAPO article

      “Baseball great Hank Aaron is catching hell for telling the truth. Actually, the Hall of Famer is catching hell from racists because he had the temerity to point out that racism still exists. Those who think otherwise are delusional and willfully ignorant of the racial state of play in the United States.

      Aaron’s alleged offense occurred in a USA Today interview with sports reporter Bob Nightengale. Aaron explained why he still has the racist hate mail he received as he closed in on breaking Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record 40 years ago last week.”

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      Hank Aaron

      “Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated. We have moved in the right direction, and there have been improvements, but we still have a long ways to go. The bigger difference is back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.””

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      Yahoo news article by Matt Bai

      So now it’s out there. After five years of studied reticence (unless they were talking privately to one another or their supporters), Democratic leaders in Washington finally went public last week with what they really think is motivating Republican opposition to Barack Obama. As Steve Israel, one of the top Democrats in Congress, told CNN’s Candy Crowley, the Republican base, “to a significant extent,” is “animated by racism.”

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      Leonard Pitts – Indy Star

      Race plays part in how Holder, Obama are treated

      • Retired military

        Part 2 since proof of Dems calling republicans racist have outstripped the capacity of a DISCUS reply.

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        Frank James NPR “Social scientists who have studied voters have found that voter participation rises when voters are emotionally engaged,” he noted. “For some voters, suggestions that some of the opposition to Obama and his policies is more than just honest disagreement – and is indeed racially based – could help do the trick.”

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        Pelosi tweet – Over 50% of food stamp recipients are people of color. The GOP Budget takes food out their mouths

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        Brent Terry, professor at Eastern Connecticut “If racist republicans win than colleges will start closing up”

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        Jonathon Chait “”America’s unique brand of ideological anti-statism is historically inseparable…from the legacy of slavery,”

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        WAPO columnist Jonathan Capehart “republicans extolled the wonders and the virtues and the beauty of slavery,”

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        Dem Ill Gov Quinn “Black republicans are like Jews (who) collaborated with the Nazis during World War II, helping them to round up their own people in the hopes they’d be the last to go.”

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        Ed Schultz MSNBC

        “So the president goes to the other side of the world and that’s what he gets asked about, racism. How sad is that? But you know what? When you’re the first, you always get picked on. And I have to tell you that this president, I think, is very bold, very strong, very well guided, and has a moral compass. And there’s absolutely no question about it that he has been picked on because of the color of his skin. And there’s no doubt that he has been called many names by conservative talkers in America, many names. He has been targeted, he has been obstructed. And I think that the way this president has been treated empowers jokers like this (alluding to Sterling), like, well, the government does it, we all see it. I guess we can say whatever the hell we want and act however we want. That’s my take on it. I, I, I think that this is a scab that’s been ripped off again and it’s a scab that really, undoubtedly is gonna happen again and again on America. But I believe, I pin this attitude that we have in society being inflamed by right-wing talkers who hate this president, that embolden people such as this guy to go on and act disrespectful against society.”

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        Dorian Warren, Columbia professor “There’s a distinction we should make between racist words and speech, and racist practices and policies. We should be focused on the policies and the racial impact of policies that those Republican leaders frankly stand for,”

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        MSNBC’s Touré “Some of these folks who own these NBA teams, and this is breaking news, Ari. Some of them are not the most savory folks. Some of them are bankrolling anti-gay marriage initiatives. Some of them got rich off of fracking. Some of them are Russian oligarchs.”

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        Dem Rep. Bennie Thompson “Let’s face it, pretty much all criticism of Obama is racist”

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        Eugene Robinson WAPO ” This worldview has found a home in the tea party movement, which harbors — let’s be honest — a racist strain.”

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        Democratic Congressman Bennie Thompson ” Justice Thomas is an Uncle Tom” “Sen. McConnell is a racist”

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        “Voting Rights Erosion Is Greater Racist Outrage” Albert Hunt Bloomber

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        New York magazine Jonathan Chait, “America’s unique brand of ideological anti-statism is historically inseparable…from the legacy of slavery.”

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        Theatlantic.com

        Dem Rep Bennie Thompson told a radio show. “That Mitch McConnell would have the audacity to tell the president of the United States … that ‘I don’t care what you come up with we’re going to be against it.’ Now if that’s not a racist statement I don’t know what is.”

        For good measure, Thompson added that Clarence Thomas “doesn’t like black people, he doesn’t like being black.”

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        “I think not raising the minimum wage is a racist policy,” stated Ed Schultz

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        Charlie Crist “Crist: Race Motivates GOP Opposition to Obama”

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        Speaker at Democrat sponsored White Privilege Conference

        “The longer you are in the Tea Party, the more racist you become.”

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        New York Times columnist Bob Herbert “Republicans are hostile to the interests of African-Americans” a

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        Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Racism–and sexism and homophobia–are about organizing power, not merely disliking the cut of one’s jib. And if Hillary Clinton becomes president, she will have to cope with being perceived as a woman representing the interests of black people and women of all ethnicities. Sexism will never be off the stage. Nor will racism.”

        the Atlantic

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        Progressivestoday.com “race is driving almost everything that’s happening in the country”

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  • Lawrence Westlake

    The presidency has vast powers and it matters a great deal for whom you vote and for whom you don’t vote. You’d have to be as naive as a trust fund baby not to realize that for all of his many, many faults Benghazi simply wouldn’t have happened had a McCain administration been in charge. And if by some cosmic infarction it had occurred under McCain there simply would not have been this Tammany Hall-style coverup. If anything McCain would have taken too much personal responsibility. Duty and honor and such. Keep that all in mind when Nov. 2016 rolls around and you’re deliberating whether to stay home to “send messages” or to “prove your point.” Hillary will be counting on your non-vote. Crazy thing is she might just get it, despite all this horrific corruption.

    • Commander_Chico

      If McCain were president we’d have a draft for the Iran War, the Syria War, the Georgia War.

      • jim_m

        No. Because the military has said repeatedly that they do not want a draft. I doubt McCain would have gone against the military on that.

        You are so full of it. For someone who has claimed to know as much as the Joint Chiefs you sure as heck don’t know much.

      • Retired military

        The only people who have submitted legislation for a draft in the past 15 years have been democrats. Like you Chico.

        • jim_m

          Charlie Rangle submitted a draft bill and was explicit about his intent, which was to hamstring the military and make it impossible to fight a war.

          The only people that want a draft are people that want the US to lose and want soldiers to die.

      • Retired military

        Chico will be 100% pro McCain after Hillary announces him as her running mate.

  • Brucehenry

    Well, this piece by Fernandez is conjecture and speculation.

    This guy concocts this theory that “Obama’s advisers” back at the time of the Iraq surge, decided to adopt a secret, sneaky policy of being more like Pakistan’s ISI than the ISI. The US would “take over” al Qaeda, according to the imaginary plot Fernandez fantasizes that “Obama’s advisers” urged on the President. Yada yada.

    When he finishes describing his fever dream, he states flat out “All of this is conjecture…” In the next paragraph he begins “So let me insert a guess into the field.”

    Yes according to this genius Obama is Hirohito and Benghazi was Midway. Perfect analogy right? No difference at all!

    Yet Michael praises his article in the prestigious “PJ Tatler” as “brilliant.” God that’s funny.

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      I down ding this comment.

    • Commander_Chico

      One good thing in recent years is that most of the pompous chickenhawk “warbloggers” have shut up. A few have just carried on like they hadn’t been wrong about everything, but the glory days are over.

      One of them who used to be highly touted in the right-wingnut blogs, Steven Den Beste, stopped blogging about military matters and returned to blogging about what he really knew about – Japanese schoolgirl anime.

      http://marypmadigan.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/chicken_hawk.jpg

      • Retired military

        When you said Chickenhawks I thought you were talking about all the libs who called Afghan the just war. Dont here that any more.

  • Paul Hooson

    One big problem is that some Republican Party organizations and fundraisers have been publicly using Benghazi for fundraising activity, which further strongly suggests that this is not a sincere attempt to improve embassy security around the world, but an attempt to manufacture a synthetic political issue. The same U.S. Embassy in Egypt was struck twice during the George W. Bush Administration for example, yet in a show of mutual support by both parties as a united front against terror, no one sought to make this second attack a political issue. – It might have been a stupid remark for Susan Rice to not believe that this was an act of terrorism in her appearance on MEET THE PRESS. But, that’s hardly a political scandal of any sort.

    • jim_m

      The reason the GOP can raise money off of Benghazi is because so many people see it as a prime example of the corruption of oabama and the lies and bullshit that his administration spew out in an attempt to cover for their corruption. People see that obama is willing to put people in prison to cover for his failures and people want this exposed.

      The political part is the left claiming that there isn;t anything but political gamesmanship. I suppose that since to the left all there ever is is political gamesmanship (it is all they believe in) that they assume that for everyone else this must be the same.

    • LiberalNightmare

      The Dems are also using Benghazi for fund raising. Just like they used the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the shooting deaths in Sandy Hook, and the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.