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    Saturday Night Card Game (It’s only going to get worse)

    Saturday Night Card Game (It’s only going to get worse)

    This is the latest in a series on the use of the race card for political gain:

    A couple of weeks before the 2008 election, in one of my first blog posts, I wrote:

    The suppression of legitimate political expression through false accusations of racism by the Obama campaign and its supporters is the defining theme of the 2008 campaign.

    And as we have seen in this series and other posts here, the false accusations of racism have been almost non-stop ever since.  Every time I say it cannot possibly get worse, it does.

    With Obama sinking in the polls and the Republican presidential field beginning to sort itself out, the media is lashing out with increased fury and anger.

    Ed Schultz on MSNBC was caught this week cutting off the sound on a tape in order to create a pretext for calling Rick Perry racist for using the term “black cloud” supposedly to describe Obama.  This was both factually incorrect (the full audio shows that Perry was referring to the national debt as a black cloud) and more of the gotcha word games we have seen before where racially neutral or completely non-racial terms are used as pretexts for false claims of racism.

    When caught, Schultz apologized for showing the clip at all, but not for the false accusation of racism.  Despite the false accusation having been exposed, the next day MSNBC ran the same story again on the Al Sharpton show.

    Next came Janeane Garofalo appearing on what’s left of Keith Olbermann’s career, in one of the most vile attacks we have seen, claiming that Herman Cain is a paid puppet of white political masters in order to deflect the racism of the Republican Party and Tea Party movement:

    They have become their own self-parody, but they are dangerous because the constant repetition works in creating a public imagination that Republican candidates are racist.

    So if you think it cannot get any worse, trust me, it will.


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    Anchovy | August 20, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    The glasses, like, make her look totally, like you know, intelligent.

    I predict that, in the future, first year philosophy students will study, Plato, Aristotle and Garofalo and still be confused.

    LukeHandCool | August 20, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    The only thing funny about Janeane Garofalo is that she is labelled a “comedian.”

    She is to comedy what Al Sharpton is to theology and Keith Olbermann is to newcasting. All three are nasty pieces of work.

    workingclass artist | August 20, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    It’s the only way the Liberals think they can win and distracts the voter from Obama’s epic failure.

    1. Blame Republicans in Congress for economy & debt.
    2. Stoke the class envy & the guilt
    3. Regional warfare
    4. Racial US v Bitterclingers
    5. Stoke fear of race riots
    6. Bribe the illegals and load the polls

    Issa needs to blow the scandal wide open.

    Chicklet | August 20, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Who is that woman? Did she used to be famous?

      Precisely my point…why should we care what this woman (or Olbermann or Ed Shultz) says? Do using the race card over an over again making less effective as a political tool? Will the average voter fall for that? Only if we get defensive about it and not have the courage to dismiss those accusations for the foolishness that they are…

        VetHusbandFather in reply to Ulises. | August 21, 2011 at 11:14 am

        Do using the race card over an over again making less effective as a political tool? Will the average voter fall for that?

        Based on response from my left leaning friends. No and Yes.

    JEBurke | August 20, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    I think at this point, it is more self-defeating parody than dangerous. A Black man is the most powerful man in the country — and arguably still the most powerful in the world. Phony charges of racism were wearing thin a dozen years ago. Now, every time one is thrown out, in my opinion, it solidifies a few more white voters against Obama. Worse for the Dems, when this stuff comes from the likes of Al Sharpton — who remains the most detested Black man anywhere with the possible exception of Louis Farrakhan — it does Obama further harm.

    So why do they keep doing it? Two reasons:

    1) They cannot help themselves. It’s what they do. For some, it is so deeply ingrained in their world view, they actually believe it.

    2) It helps — or they think it helps — shore up the base, Blacks and liberals.

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