American Spectator: More Reaction to AP

American Spectator

More Reaction to AP

Laura’s Miscellaneous Musings has a good roundup of reaction to the outrageous AP “analysis” about “racism” coming from Sarah Palin. And here’s even more of the “story behind the story,” including third-hand reporting that Ron Fournier had a role in this monstrosity of a story.

Colorado Independent: McCain quietly supports anti-affirmative action agenda

Colorado Independent

McCain quietly supports anti-affirmative action agenda

To figure out where the presidential candidates stand on affirmative action, one need look no further than Colorado’s ballot. Amendment 46, dubbed the Colorado Civil Rights Initiative, will destroy preferential treatment for women and minorities in public contracting, hiring and education. That measure, plus an identical one on Nebraska’s ballot, is part of a national attempt to dismantle affirmative action state-by-state.


The effort’s main backer, a black California businessman named Ward Connerly, has sunk hundreds of thousands of dollars into the Colorado proposal alone. In an interview with The Associated Press, Connerly said that John McCain has tepidly endorsed the measure but “would ideally like to leave [the issue] alone,” if elected.

“Although he supports the initiatives, I believe he would just as soon that it go away,” Connerly said in the article. “He doesn’t want to come across as hostile to black people and Hispanics.”

Mother Jones: McCain Has a Decision to Make on Jeremiah Wright

Mother Jones

McCain Has a Decision to Make on Jeremiah Wright

In April, John McCain condemned a TV ad released by the North Carolina Republican Party that tied Barack Obama to his former pastor Jeremiah Wright.

The ad, which called Obama “too extreme for North Carolina” because of his long-time association with Wright, drew McCain’s ire. “It’s not the message of the Republican Party,” he said. “It’s not the message of my campaign. I’ve pledged to conduct a respectful campaign.” He added that he wanted to “disassociate myself from that kind of campaigning.”

Will McCain disassociate himself from his vice presidential choice? Sarah Palin brought up Obama’s connection to Wright in the New York Times yesterday. And is the McCain campaign, in its efforts to get nasty, going to run with this topic despite McCain’s earlier statements suggesting Wright is off-limits?

NextRight: The Racebaiting Media


The Racebaiting Media

Why are  Douglass K. Daniel, the Associated Press and Andrew Sullivan so eager to race-bait?

I’m not saying they’re racists, per se, but it is rather remarkable how often they imagine they’re hearing “dog whistles”.  It’s even more remarkable that they have no problem fomenting racial tension for political gain every time they find a way to infer racism.

On the other hand, perhaps there’s no important distinction between “racist” and “willing to casually, intentionally racebait for political gain.”

Racism is a genuine problem and Republicans should do more to denounce it when it happens.  This seems like a good opportunity.

Shakesville: Obama Racism/Muslim/Unpatriotic/Scary Black Dude Watch, Parts 88-90


Obama Racism/Muslim/Unpatriotic/Scary Black Dude Watch, Parts 88-90

It’s been quite a weekend for the Obama RMUSBD Watch.

#88: Sarah Palin accuses Obama of cavorting with terrorists:

“We see America as the greatest force for good in this world,” Palin said at a fund-raising event in Colorado, adding, “Our opponent though, is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect that he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country.

#89: Treasurer of the Buchanan County (Virginia) Republican Party and representative on McCain’s Virginia Leadership Team, Bobby May, pens column “joking” about the changes a President Obama would make

#90: Florida teacher is reprimanded after anti-Obama racist commentary:

According to parents and students in Greg Howard’s seventh-grade social studies class, Howard on Friday, Sept. 26 asked the class a question regarding Obama’s call for change, and proceeded to write out what the letters C-H-A-N-G-E stood for. 

“She told me that he wrote on the board ‘Can You Help A (expletive) Get Elected,’ and then laughed about it,” said Shelia Christian, a mother of one of Howard’s students.

Booker Rising: The Grand Plan?

Booker Rising

The Grand Plan?

Ave Tooley discusses a Louisiana state representative who proposes tubal ligation to decrease the welfare burden on taxpayers. Critics charge racism and genocide. The politician responds that the program would be voluntary and participants would be paid $1,000. The black moderate-conservative blogger writes: “I think what’s most interesting to me, aside from the ‘how-close-can-we-flirt-with-government-sponsored-sterilization-and-get-away-with-it’ element is something my old Women’s Studies professor would probably be impressed that I had noticed. That is, why isn’t this aimed primarily at men and vasectomies?…If men were the targets of this legislation, most of the charges of -ism would be negated. More importantly, it wouldn’t represent a permanent solution to a temporary problem.”

He adds: “I could be wrong, but I don’t think very many people actually aspire to go on welfare as soon as they can. I absolutely believe that poor choices send them back to welfare, but I don’t think the woman necessarily lays down with the intent and purpose of getting pregnant and going on welfare. Those are consequences of a poor choice, not evidence of a poor strategy. It’s important to note the difference. I point that out because while tubal ligation would necessarily eliminate the possibility of a woman getting pregnant, one externality of that might be that her window of opportunity would be extended. I’m fairly convinced that it’s not just one or two young women whose dreams and plans were interrupted by an unplanned pregnancy and their lives never recovered. For them, a temporary means of birth control might actually serve them we

National Journal: 10/6: Off Come The Gloves

National Journal

10/6: Off Come The Gloves

Conservative bloggers were delighted by Sarah Palin‘s incendiary remarks aboutBarack Obama, in which she invoked his ties to ex-Weatherman William Ayersand accused the Dem nominee of “pallin’ around with terrorists”. Righty bloggers have been discussing Obama’s connection to Ayers for months, and they’re pleased that John McCain‘s campaign is finally willing to “go there.” Matt Lewis echoes the views of many conservative bloggers when he writes: “If McCain is going to have a chance to win this race, he will need to take the gloves off — or at least — empower Palin to do so.” Liberal bloggers are responding to Palin’s remarks by arguing that she is in no position to portray Obama as un-American, considering that her husbandTodd Palin was a member of a secessionist organization.

Liberal bloggers aren’t surprised by McCain’s “newly aggressive assault on Sen. Barack Obama’s character”Oliver Willis writes: “Did anyone with even half of a brain not see this coming?…McCain is going to throw mud. It is what Republicans do when elections come down to crunch time.” Still, liberal bloggers are criticizing McCain for adopting this strategy, arguing that he is damaging his reputation in a desperate attempt to reverse his slide in the polls. Most lefty bloggers are confident that these tactics won’t work, and they’re applauding Obama for hitting back hard with his“Keating Five” web video.