Pink Flamingo: Obama Surrogates Screaming Racism (Again) to Change the Subject

Pink Flamingo (9/10/08)

Obama Surrogates Screaming Racism (Again) to Change the Subject

I was wondering when we were going to get around to this one.  Every time things don’t go his way, either Barack Obama or one of his surrogates starts crying “Racism”.  True to form, now that Barack Obama is taking a pounding for being exposed as the he-man-woman-hating liberal that he is, we’re going to be treated to another chorus of “John McCain is a Racist!”.

This time, NY governor (and philanderer) David Paterson is the one crying ‘fire in a crowded theater’.  If this article is loaded with cliches, it is intentional, rather like putting lipstick on a pig.  It’s like the Obama Campaign, loaded with hard-working cliches and smears, none of them working right now.  Ergo – we start screaming racism!  Actually, “community organizer” is a new term for smearing African Americans.


Media Matters: Fox’s Cameron: Obama “run[s] the risk of appearing a little bit arrogant” if he doesn’t offer “lipstick on a pig” apology

Media Matters (9/10/08)

Fox’s Cameron: Obama “run[s] the risk of appearing a little bit arrogant” if he doesn’t offer “lipstick on a pig” apology

Summary: Fox News’ Carl Cameron claimed that Sen. Barack Obama “run[s] the risk of appearing a little bit arrogant” if he doesn’t offer an apology for his “lipstick on a pig” comment. Cameron made the comment even though he twice stated during the program that the McCain campaign’s complaints about Obama’s comment may amount to “crocodile tears.”


Media Matters: KSFO’s Sussman suggested Obama’s “lipstick on a pig” comment may be his Muslim father’s “genetic DNA welling up inside of him”

Media Matters (9/10/08)

KSFO’s Sussman suggested Obama’s “lipstick on a pig” comment may be his Muslim father’s “genetic DNA welling up inside of him”

Summary: On The Lee Rodgers Show, a caller suggested that Sen. Barack Obama’s remark that “you can put lipstick on a pig; it’s still a pig” was directed at Gov. Sarah Palin and said: “[I]t’s a little indicative of a Muslim attitude towards women that’s creeping up, you know, and he just can’t help but say it, how he feels.” Brian Sussman responded: “Well, there’s no question that Muslims, at least the religious ones, look at women as second-class citizens. … I don’t know if it was his father’s genetic DNA welling up inside of him or not, but I’ll tell you something: It was stupid.”


Right Wing News: Saying “Community Organizer” Is Now Racist

Right Wing News (9/10/08)

Saying “Community Organizer” Is Now Racist

In an attempt to suppress discussion of Obama’s extremely dubious background as a community organizer, New York’s second-string Governor David Paterson has declared that even mentioning the Obamessiah’s former job title is racist:

“Community organizer” can now join “black hole” and “devil’s food cake” on the list of phrases black politicians forbid us to speak.

Look for “inexperienced,” “unqualified,” “post turtle,” and “arrogant punk” to join the list soon.


Media Matters: Conservative radio hosts seize on Obama comment to revive false rumors about his faith

Media Matters (9/10/08)

Conservative radio hosts seize on Obama comment to revive false rumors about his faith

Summary: Conservative talk radio hosts have recently seized on comments Sen. Barack Obama made on ABC’s This Week in order to suggest that the comments prove Obama is really a Muslim, not a Christian.


American Spectator: Racism?

American Spectator (9/10/08)


Now that I have ripped into the McCain folks for charging “sexism,” let me try to verbally eviscerate New York Gov. David Paterson for suggesting that it is somehow “racism” to make fun of Barack Justanotherlyingpolitician Obama’s background as a “community organizer.” That’s bunk, and Paterson knows it. The fact is that Obama again and again has publicly tried to make a virtue of his job as a community organizer, and that it is perfectly fair game therefore to note that the job may not have been much to brag about. Just as Willie Horton was not a Republican attack (Al Gore raised it) and not racism (the same guy who did the ads, Floyd Brown, on his own produced the single most effective ad aver against David Duke), but about the real issue of crime, the belittling of Obama’s accomplishments (or lack thereof) is a legitimate way to raise a serious issue, which is the lack of his qualifications for the office he seeks.


Ankle Biting Pundits: Jesus Was Black?

Ankle Biting Pundits (/10/08)

Jesus Was Black?

But then today NY Dem Governor David Paterson decided to inject race into the mix, (which is generally the last refuge of liberals when they can’t respond substantively) saying:

“I think the Republican Party is too smart to call Barack Obama ‘black’ in a sense that it would be a negative. But you can take something about his life, which I noticed they did at the Republican Convention – a ‘community organizer.’ They kept saying it, they kept laughing,” he said.

Paterson sees the repeated use of the words “community organizer” as Republican code for “black”.

“I think where there are overtones is when there are uses of language that are designed to inhibit other people’s progress with a subtle reference to their race,” he said.

Paterson raises the question of whether the Presidential race has become desperate or devious.

“At this point, Americans wouldn’t tolerate a racial appeal. What I’m saying is that there are sneaky ways to try to hurt someone,” he said.

What a friggin buffoon. Nobody was making a racist statement. What was being done, rightfully, was mocking Obama for making such a big deal of being a “community organizer” and claiming that somehow gives him the experience to be President.


DCNewsUpdates: Chris Matthews: “This picture is appealing to ‘traditional Americans’”

DCNewsUpdates (9/10/08)

Chris Matthews: “This picture is appealing to ‘traditional Americans’”

Chris Matthews digs himself another hole:

“Do you think what is appealing here? I’ll be careful here. This is not about sexual relations… Everybody watching this. This is not what I am talking about. When you see the picture together of John McCain, who is an older man, but he is a kind of Audie Murphy hero image and this obviously attractive woman much younger than him, it’s like they are offering themselves up as a kind of a political couple, almost like Clinton and Mrs. Clinton, Senator … President and Senator Clinton. They are offering themselves. It’s a fascinating tableau. They’re hugging and even Elizabeth Bumiller on the front page of the Times today. When have we ever had running mates hug? I mean obviously they are different genders. But what I find here, is that, it is a fascinating, are they offering themselves up to run as an alternative to Barack and Michelle Obama to go to the White House? I am telling you. Politically speaking. This picture is appealing to traditional Americans. They go, yeah, that’s a nice traditional formal, we’ve seen that picture before.”

This alternative to Barack Obama and Michelle Obama makes an appealing picture “to traditional Americans”? Matthews must have used up half a Chapstick after blowing the dog-whistle that hard.

African Americans vs. Real Americans.


BagNewsNotes: The Wolves Den: McCain, Schmidt Fully Playing The Race Card Now

BagNewsNotes (/10/08)

The Wolves Den: McCain, Schmidt Fully Playing The Race Card Now

Returning to a motif that is not exactly new, Schmidt hits the racial trifecta matching expressions, orientation and even shadows to activate stereotypes of animalism, the angry black man, and the black man lusting to dominate the white woman with this one hit piece.


BagNewsNotes: McCain Ad Ties Sex With Race

BagNewsNotes (9/9/08)

McCain Ad Ties Sex With Race

In today’s trip to the swamp, the McCain campaign’s latest attack video ostensibly targets the Obama’s education plan.

… Except, the issue serves as nothing more than a foil to intimate that Obama — shown in the screen shot with a smarmy grin and his coat looking frumpy — desires to sexualize the lives of young children.  More odious, however, it’s also an example of the McCain campaign playing the race card, activating stereotypes of the black man — seeming to gaze dreamily at something below (or shorter than) him — as driven by sexual appetite.