Monday, January 11, 2010

Right Wing Fake Outrage... Again

The suddenly-politically-correct right wingnuts have become very sensitive toward African Americans lately, believe it or not. At least that's what they're claiming, in their latest attempt to attack a Democrat in Congress, in an election year.

Their latest pretend outrage is against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. In his latest book, Senator Reid himself acknowledges that 2 years ago he said a few things in an awkward way.

Impressed by Barack Obama’s rhetorical skills, Reid offered the opinion that America is ready for a black president who is “light-skinned,” who speaks “with no Negro dialect, unless he wants to have one.”

He was referring to the current climate in America, and accurately describing the situation for an African American running for high office. No one who knows Reid thinks he's the least bit racist. And no black pundit or politician (including President Obama) had anything bad to say about him the last couple of days on any of the cable networks.

Yet the Republicans continue to try to make this an issue (in an election year, of course). They're trying to compare this to when their own Trent Lott said, at Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday party, “When Strom Thurmond ran for President we voted for him. We’re proud of him! And if the rest of the country had followed our lead we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years either.”

Wow. Trent Lott endorses SEGREGATIONIST Strom Thurmond and claims things would have been so much better if we continued segregationist attitudes of the 1940s... and they compare that to Harry Reid ENDORSING the first black president of the United States (albeit in a clumsy, outdated manner).

One endorses a segregationist, the other endorses the first black president.

Now, did any Republicans get this frenzied and scream, "Racist!" when their mouthpiece Rush Limbaugh referred to President Obama as "Barack the Magic Negro"? Or when their other genius mouthpiece Bill O'Reilly ate at Sylvia's -- a restaurant in Harlem -- and mentioned on his radio show how surprised he was that "even though it's run by blacks, with primarily black patronship, there wasn't one person in Sylvia's who was screaming, 'mother-f**ker, I want more iced tea.'"

Of course not.

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