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What Would a Republican Conference Be Without Racial Controversy?

Posted on Jun 20, 2011

Republicans are still working their way through the five stages of having a black president: denial (birthers), anger (town halls), bargaining (debt ceiling), depression (John Boehner’s tears) and, finally, racially charged jokes, like those told at the Republican Leadership Conference.

In the video below, Obama impersonator Reggie Brown jokes before guffawing GOPers about the president’s race. Eventually, he gets yanked off stage, but only after focusing on some Republican targets, including Michele Bachmann. The RLC released a statement saying Brown got the hook for his insensitive jokes, but the comedian thinks he was over time and “the material was starting to get to a point to where maybe they started to feel uncomfortable with where it was going,” as in “going” after Republicans.

You be the judge.  —PZS


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By Shenonymous, June 24, 2011 at 3:38 pm Link to this comment

The Republican Party is the Party Against the People.

          The Ten Commandments of the Republican Party

1.  The Republicans want to privatize Social Security.

2.  The Republicans want to destroy Medicare and make middle-
    income people and seniors to pay for their own medical care.

3.  The Republicans want to terminate Medicaid.

4.  The Republicans want to enlarge pharmaceutical companies’

5.  The Republicans want to take away women’s right to their own

6.  The Republicans want to ban rights for some people but enlarge
    rights for themselves.

7.  The Republicans want to dictate what you believe and dictate what
    goes into school textbooks.

8.  The Republicans want to take your money and give it to Wall Street
    financial corporations and the banks and credit card companies.

9.  The Republicans want to shelter the money of corporations and the

10. The Republicans want to destroy the Clean Air Act and Clean Water

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By DuaneBidoux, June 21, 2011 at 8:29 pm Link to this comment
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What would a Republican Conference be without racial controversy?

....ah, a Democratic Conference?

Here’s a question I have, seriously it would nice if someone did some real research: why is it so hard for a conservative to be funny w/o being mean?

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By Baaaah, June 21, 2011 at 8:20 pm Link to this comment
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It always amazes me to see what sheep these people are on the right.

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By poodlefree (Greg Leichner, June 21, 2011 at 4:04 pm Link to this comment
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I have stated publicly that I believe Barack Obama has done this country a great service merely by being our first half-black president. His presence in the White House has politicized almost every one of us, and has inspired our many factions to come out of hiding. I am looking for creative activism, in all its forms.

One American faction just can’t seem to tamp down their flip spewing of white supremacy and racism, both overt and covert. Obama was elected and the right-wing stove burner went from simmer to high. In one letter to the editor, I indulged in a bit of name calling. I labeled Republicans and their right-wing zealots and munchkins a bunch of “narrow, artless, humorless, gun toting, Bible thumping, undereducated yahoos.” I called the lower echelon of the right wing “a clot of C-minus.” I called them Neanderthals. I believe the right-wing cult operates from the primal emotions: fear, survival, greed, repulsion, hate, paranoia, tribalism…

The right wing is moving in a direction that is in opposition to evolution. Human beings will eventually move away from mossback racism. We will move away from hate. We will move away from war. In this hour, on many fronts, human beings still act like shallow greedy murderous pigs. Right now we’re stuck: one foot planted in savagery, one foot planted in civilized behavior. The right believes we will always suffer greed and war, the left believes we can change for the better. The election in November 2008 taught me that the left-wing youth of today reject Neanderthal racism and sexual bias and war. If this is true, score one for the Sixties and the left-wing boomers.

I believe that the Sixties (November 22, 1963, to April 30, 1975), from the murder of JFK, to the last chopper rising from the rooftop of the American embassy in Saigon, was an era that helped set the stage for a future of peace and sanity. Peace and sanity could be hundreds of years off, this ultimate change for the better, but I know for a fact that we, the human beings of the planet Earth, “at the end of the day,” are not going to choose the bile and lies spewed by right-wing apologists and think tanks.

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By mackTN, June 21, 2011 at 9:20 am Link to this comment

The Republicans are stupid.  Their extremism works against them and helps the
president hold on to an increasingly disappointed base.

But it is strange that left pundits are suddenly doing more stories about racial
injustice…is that to get black people energized to vote again for a president who
doesn’t even acknowledge them?

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By purplewolf, June 21, 2011 at 8:46 am Link to this comment

I thought the repukelicans were still in the anger stage and never left it since the election 2008. They can dish it out, but they can’t take the truth, even if in a comic way, shows what poor losers they still are.

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By thethirdman, June 21, 2011 at 1:30 am Link to this comment

Wow, that one sure hit close to home.

Couldn’t find a dumber group of people to put in one room.

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By Amon Drool, June 20, 2011 at 6:29 pm Link to this comment

the guy ain’t all that funny, but he did have
barackstar’s speaking style down pat. it was fun
listening to the increasingly nervous laughter when he
started taking shots at the repub’s presidential

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By ribbie149, June 20, 2011 at 4:28 pm Link to this comment

This is why there are no good conservative
comics…they must never stray from the party line,
even at the expense of their best material. 
Republican’ts are the gift that just keeps on giving to
stand-up comedians.  You couldn’t invent Bachmann and
Palin if they didn’t really exist- nobody would believe

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