Saturday, September 19, 2009

Craziness Nostalgia

Every time I think these fools just hate having a black president, I remember that they acted more or less like this over Bill Clinton. Rachel Maddow puts a little more historical context to it:

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Blogger Sandman said...

The scenario that I always bring up to people is, what if Colin Powell, Shelby Steele, Alan Keyes, or any other black conservative had run for president? Republicans, as a party, are not racist I don't believe...........they just genuinely don't agree with Obama's politics. If Hillary would have won, would they not be having the same outraged town hall meetings and protests? They would.

Are there racists in the republican ranks? Of course! But I think it's silly for Jimmy Carter and others to paint all opposition of Obama as racism.

9/23/2009 9:54 AM  
Blogger Chris Oliver said...

But let's be clear...Carter is not saying anyone who is opposed to the President is a racist. I'm willing to engage anyone in an honest political debate. But when I see a mob of Southern, white conservatives making utterly incoherent rants about the president, it's pretty hard to avoid the conclusion that race is a part of this. And the arguments are incoherent. They aren't out there making clear, reasoned arguments about policy. Most of these people are die-hard Bush supporters who never said anything when he drove us billions of dollars into debt, but suddenly, the moment a democrat is in charge, they find our deficit problems to be a threat to their very way of life. I find it suspicious. And when someone demands that a white guy prove that he was born in the U.S., I'll be a bit more convinced. So I don't think what Carter said is at all outrageous.

But ultimately, I agree with you. If it had been Hillary, or even John Edwards, we'd be seeing the same thing. I'm sure race is a factor, but I don't think it's the primary factor.

9/23/2009 3:04 PM  

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