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Racism in the Democratic Party

The recent racist comments by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have once again moved the real ideals and attitudes of the wealthy, powerful, white liberals who run the Democratic Party out from behind closed doors and directly into the national spotlight.

But Reid's remarks about President Obama were not the first disparaging comments to be made about him by powerful Democrats. We all remember Vice President Biden's embarrassing "articulate and bright and clean" gaffe, but do you remember these other major racial blunders that occurred during the 2008 Presidential campaign?

Geraldine Ferraro: "If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept."

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell: "You've got conservative whites here, and I think there are some whites who are probably not ready to vote for an African-American candidate."

Bill Clinton: "Jesse Jackson won South Carolina in '84 and '88. Jackson ran a good campaign. And Obama ran a good campaign here."

Racial tensions ran so high during the campaign that Obama supporters accused the Clintons of employing a new "Southern strategy" to galvanize white voters around Hillary; in other words, a vote for Hillary was an antidote to the supposedly near-universal support of Barack Obama by black voters.

And in a new revelation gleaned from the upcoming 2008 campaign tell-all book Game Change, The Politico's Ben Smith writes:

I've finally gotten my hands on a copy of Game Change, in which John Heliemann and Mark Halperin report:

[A]s Hillary bungled Caroline, Bill's handling of Ted was even worse. The day after Iowa, he phoned Kennedy and pressed for an endorsement, making the case for his wife. But Bill then went on, belittling Obama in a manner that deeply offended Kennedy. Recounting the conversation later to a friend, Teddy fumed that Clinton had said, A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.

Whew. But seriously, what should we expect from someone who was mentored into politics by none other than Sen. William Fulbright, one of Arkansas' staunchest defenders of segregationist policies?

Obviously there is a lot more to the Democrats' supposed open embrace of African-Americans than they want us to know.


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Comments (16)

I think you missed the boat... (Below threshold)

I think you missed the boat on the Ferraro quote. She was dead-on accurate that Obama was benefiting from the left's desire for a (half)black candidate to do well, despite his innumerable flaws - so much so that they overlooked things that would never be passed over for a white guy (Edwards) or a woman (Clinton).

Remember that it was the left that attacked her for daring state the obvious out loud. Her comment there was not even close to being on the same level as the others.

Not surprising..a lot of wh... (Below threshold)

Not surprising..a lot of white Americans are the same, left or right or center. Lefty whites will talk about liberalism, but let their daughter or son date outside the race, all hell will break loose. I know white Americans in Asia who proclaim leftist leanings but will not allow their children to bring local kids into their home..even in an advanced country such as Singapore. Until recently, I thought Minnesota was devoid of racism until I ran into Michelle Bachman.

Your entire statement there... (Below threshold)

Your entire statement there George, is total BS, evidence that on its face isn't believable because its entirely hearsay.

KTHNX, no charge.

The Democrat party is all about keeping their slaves on the plantation. Witness the BS they spin out when ANY of them drop statements like the one Harry Reid spewed.

Perhaps the reason the left... (Below threshold)

Perhaps the reason the left assume the right is racist is the left themselves are such big racist.

How did Reid's words demean... (Below threshold)

How did Reid's words demean African American people?

Sorry it should have read</... (Below threshold)

Sorry it should have read

Perhaps the reason many on the left assume the right is racist is that so many on left themselves are such big racist.

Michelle Bachman rocks!... (Below threshold)

Michelle Bachman rocks!

It would be nice to forget and get by all this racist crap but the libturds wont let it die for fear of losing their voting base.


Democrats have their politi... (Below threshold)

Democrats have their political life at stake, the white ones anyway, to keep minorities under their rule. Conservatives believe anyone can achieve anything if they put their mind to it. See: Obama. ww

Can something even be a "co... (Below threshold)

Can something even be a "controversy" if it's entirely within the FoxNews/WorldNutDaily/RightWing bubble?

"Obviously there is a lot m... (Below threshold)

"Obviously there is a lot more to the Democrats' supposed open embrace of African-Americans than they want us to know."

Always has been. Surprised they don't refer to Blacks as "the white man's burden". It would be one hell of a lot closer to the truth about how they feel. 50 years after the Great Society and TRILLIONS of dollars. Are inner-city Blacks any better off? Are their schools any better? Is their unemployment level any better? What's changed?

jp2,He certainly was... (Below threshold)

He certainly wasn't complimenting any with dark skin or those that speak in any "dialect"

As others have noted, and I... (Below threshold)

As others have noted, and I agree, the statements made by Reid, Ferraro, Rendell, Clinton are completely accurate. Unfortunately, Republicans fighting this double standard - and there is no doubt this is a double standard - is a losing battle for Republicans. The black vote is a very, very difficult thing for Republicans to attract and this type of argument serves no benefit in attracting black interest in the Republican agenda. If blacks are to be offended by these statements they should be offended without Republican help. We should be putting all our energies into derailing the statist agenda of the far left Democrats. If the average black American does not see some of the condescension inherent in these Democrat statements on his/her own I don't believe the Republicans are going to be able to generate that awareness either.

jp2 "How did Reid's wo... (Below threshold)

jp2 "How did Reid's words demean African American people?"

Better ask those that speak using Ebonics or with darker skin than "creamed coffee," he very plainly said they had zero chance at being elected.

frosty "Can something ... (Below threshold)

frosty "Can something even be a "controversy" if it's entirely within the FoxNews/WorldNutDaily/RightWing bubble?"

what's the matter, your TV stuck on a single channel?

I'd suggest you tune into BBC, ABC, CNN and a few others Reid's BS was the lead story.

Actually, what Reid was say... (Below threshold)

Actually, what Reid was saying could have been similar to someone in the Navy referring to a black serviceman shortly after President Truman desegregated the services. The black would have been restricted to a working in the mess hall and thus "would have been serving us coffee". Had Reid been pushing for Obama, he would have been able to use it as a sign how far the Democrat party had finally come. Since he was pushing against Obama, he was hinting that he had not enough experience and was not ready for the position (which is true). Had he said that about a white man, it would have been seen as a reference to the fact that he had just recently been a "gofer" and was "not ready for prime time".

Better ask those t... (Below threshold)
Better ask those that speak using Ebonics or with darker skin than "creamed coffee," he very plainly said they had zero chance at being elected.

I would ask them...but they just aren't elected.

Do you honestly think being black doesn't hinder ones chances of holding public office?






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