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Smearing the president: an anti-Obama poster.

By Eugene Robinson

The first African-American president takes office, and almost immediately we see the birth of a big, passionate national movement—overwhelmingly white and lavishly funded—that tries its best to delegitimize that president, seeks to thwart his every initiative, and manages to bring the discredited and moribund opposition party roaring back to life. Coincidence?

Not a chance. But also not that simple.

First, I’ll state the obvious: It’s not racist to criticize President Obama, it’s not racist to have conservative views, and it’s not racist to join the tea party. But there’s something about the nature and tone of the most vitriolic attacks on the president that I believe is distinctive—and difficult to explain without asking whether race is playing a role.

One thing that struck me from the beginning about the tea party rhetoric was the idea of reclaiming something that has been taken away.

At a recent campaign rally in Paducah, Ky., Senate candidate Rand Paul, a darling of the tea party movement, drew thunderous applause when he said that if Republicans win, “we get to go to Washington and take back our government.”

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Take it back from whom? Maybe he thinks it goes without saying, because he didn’t say.

On Sunday, in a last-minute fundraising appeal, Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee implored his supporters to help “return American government to the American people.”

Again, who’s in possession of the government right now, if not the American people? The non-American people? The un-American people?

There’s an obvious answer, but it’s one that generally comes from the progressive end of the political spectrum: Americans must fight to take back their government from the lobbyists and big-money special interests that shape our laws to suit their own interests, not for the good of the nation.

That may be what some tea partyers have in mind, but the movement hasn’t seen fit to make campaign finance reform one of its major issues. And the Establishment Republicans who are surfing the tea party wave—while at the same time scheming to co-opt the movement—would view the idea of taking money out of politics with horror, if they thought it might actually happen.

So who stole the government? What makes some people feel more disenfranchised now than they were, say, during the presidency of George W. Bush?

After all, it was Bush who inherited a budget surplus and left behind a suffocating deficit—I’m not being tendentious, just stating the facts. It was Bush who launched two wars without making any provision in the budget to pay for them, who proposed and won an expensive new prescription-drug entitlement without paying for it, who bailed out irresponsible Wall Street firms with the $700 billion TARP program.

Bush was vilified by critics while he was in office, but not with the suggestion that somehow the government had been seized or usurped—that it had fallen into hands that were not those of “the American people.” Yet this is the tea party suggestion about Obama.

Underlying all the tea party’s issues and complaints, it appears to me, is the entirely legitimate issue of the relationship between the individual and the federal government. But why would this concern about oppressive, intrusive government become so acute now? Why didn’t, say, government surveillance of domestic phone calls and e-mails get the constitutional fundamentalists all worked up?

I have to wonder what it is about Obama that provokes and sustains all this tea party ire. I wonder how he can be seen as “elitist,” when he grew up in modest circumstances—his mother was on food stamps for a time—and paid for his fancy-pants education with student loans. I wonder how people who genuinely cherish the American dream can look at a man who lived that dream and feel no connection, no empathy.

I ask myself what’s so different about Obama, and the answer is pretty obvious: He’s black. For whatever reason, I think this makes some people unsettled, anxious, even suspicious—witness the willingness of so many to believe absurd conspiracy theories about Obama’s birthplace, his religion, and even his absent father’s supposed Svengali-like influence from the grave.

Obama has made mistakes that rightly cost him political support. But I can’t help believing that the tea party’s rise was partly due to circumstances beyond his control—that he’s different from other presidents, and that the difference is his race.

Eugene Robinson’s e-mail address is eugenerobinson(at)washpost.com.
   
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By kerryrose, November 2, 2010 at 1:13 pm Link to this comment

GRYM

Don’t be lazy.  Read the article.

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By Go Right Young Man, November 2, 2010 at 1:10 pm Link to this comment

kerryrose,

You write that “shadowy money” can’t be tracked but you have a media source which allows us all to track shadowy money?

Have I misunderstood your intentions?

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By Inherit The Wind, November 2, 2010 at 1:02 pm Link to this comment

GRYM:

You should go on SNL and spout this stuff.  You contradict yourself within one paragraph.

After all the funniest thing they did since Eddie Murphy’s days was Tina Fey and Amy Poehler doing the Sarah Palin and Katie Couric interview VERBATIM!

The ONLY thing you’ve always done is obfuscate to cover the absurdities of your right-wing advocacy.

Why don’t you and Ardee cut out the middle man (me) and just post at each other?  I’ll even bring the popcorn.

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By ASChin, November 2, 2010 at 1:00 pm Link to this comment
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Some are racists, for sure but overall this movement owes more to the amount of
once unreported information that’s spread about over the last ten years.

How do we know the Left/Right puppets can’t be trusted?
Who else would spend a half billion dollars in order to win a job that pays $400
grand?

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By kerryrose, November 2, 2010 at 12:54 pm Link to this comment

rico

Please.  Shadowy money is the money corporations are allowed to dispense to PAC’s without declaring the source.  It can’t be tracked.

And $171 million blows away $100 million anyday.

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By rico, suave, November 2, 2010 at 12:39 pm Link to this comment

kerryrose:

I wasn’t talking about “shadowy” money, whatever that is. I was talking about total campaign money raised, from whatever source, for all races nationwide. The gap, favoring Democrats, is approaching $100 million.

And besides, you use Mother Jones as a source? Please.

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By Go Right Young Man, November 2, 2010 at 12:33 pm Link to this comment

ITW,

I have never written that, so-called, liberals are racist or violent.  In fact, as you well know, I have always written that it’s impossible to label entire groups as more or less bigoted and/or racist.

I have been consistent for 21 months.  I have written that individuals like you and Eugene Robinson are clear and overt bigots.

I will point this out once again.  ONLY a bigot intently focused on the color of the current president’s skin can take “I Want My Country Back” and turn the well worn phrase into a matter of race.

What you do is dangerous.

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By kerryrose, November 2, 2010 at 12:19 pm Link to this comment

Sorry rico

Your facts are wrong, or ‘opinion’ is wrong, I mean.  Shadowy money flowing into this year’s election because of Citizen’s United has favored Republicans big time.  The number ‘fact’ is $218 million to $71 million.

http://motherjones.com/politics/2010/11/2010-midterms-campaign-finance-secret-spending

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By FRTothus, November 2, 2010 at 12:14 pm Link to this comment

The man could be green, and he still would have been the same corporate shill.

Forget the color of the man’s skin, and look at the content of his character, and you will then see why he is despised by progressives.  Look at his party affiliation (the party of the reviled class-traitor FDR), and you will then see why he is hated by the Regressives.

This is not about race, it’s about a lack of integrity and courage.  It’s about lack of leadership.

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By joe, November 2, 2010 at 12:02 pm Link to this comment
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I hate to put up another tea party article, but this Matt Taibbi article from Rolling stone is excellent if you take it with the same grain of salt that he and Eugene Robinson missed.

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/17390/210904#sortBy

What I think they missed and is important is the ability of the tea party to distance themselves from criticism from Taibbi, Robinson, and anyone else.  They are so many groups with no central leadership that 1/2 of them could(not saying they are???) be crackpots and racists and the other 1/2 could legitimately deny the racist or extremest charge.  I think that that is why this debate has gone on so long.  It is a pure genius political tool.  Get any message you want out there and legitimately deny any part that catches flak.  WOW!

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By freddie cook, November 2, 2010 at 11:58 am Link to this comment
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I hope he has saved his money because Fox won’t hire him. The truth will set you free from your job and maybe your life. 

Still, if Obama and the Democrats survive, I hope they grow a spine.  If you lose badly for a half effort you might as well lose badly for a full one.

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By reynolds, November 2, 2010 at 11:50 am Link to this comment

Mr. Robinson’s point is demonstrated most saliently by
the flaming reaction of his detractors.
It is the cheapest, least effective, most transparent
ploy to use a vile pejorative as rhetorical question.
Why deny an emotion so strong it rules your life? Why
lie about who you are?

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, November 2, 2010 at 11:44 am Link to this comment
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Clinton faced some of the same kind of thing from the republican hate machine but it’s a thousand times worse for Obama because of his race.  There are those on the left who say we should sympathise with the tea partiers because their pain and anger is legitimate, but I can’t because their racism is so repulsive.  Everything was just fine with this country until noon on January 20, 2009.  Everything suddenly went to hell at that point in time.
 
There is a good biography of Obama which has just been published entitled, THE BRIDGE, The Life and Rise of Barack Obama by David Remnick, Knopf 2010.  Everything else that’s been written so far seems to be either hagiography or a hatchet job but this is a well written, objective look at his life.

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By Inherit The Wind, November 2, 2010 at 11:44 am Link to this comment

On the one side we have GRYM trying desperately to plug the 10,000 holes that let the light shine through showing the TeaParty IS designed and intended to appeal to White racism with wild and crazy accusations that it’s really the liberals who are racist and violent.

On the other side we have Ardee who studiously ignores my acrid criticism of the Democrats spinelessness to make ad hominem attacks on me again, deliberately mis-representing my position.

He may not THINK anything changed in the last two years but much did.  First of all, the hemorrhaging was stopped. The patient is deathly ill, but the bleeding has stopped.  Unemployment has finally stopped rising, the bank failures have slowed, all but $40 billion of the $350 billion in TARP money has been repaid, and much of the STIM money has been repaid as well. The deficit has been reduced, not by much, but it’s not rising any more.  Even our involvement in Iraq has been greatly reduced.

We KNOW that if the GOP takes control, any and all control measures will be abandoned—they voted against them as a block.

So the continued assertion that nothing will change, and nothing has changed is, for lack of any other words, is either duplicitous or flat-out stupid. 

There’s just no other way to see it.

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By rico, suave, November 2, 2010 at 11:41 am Link to this comment

ITW:

The validity of your “documentable conspiracy” appears to rest on the twin premises that the election will be “stolen” by money and that foreign money somehow has greater punch than domestic money.

I think we can agree that money has become a convenient proxy for the ultimate success or failure of most campaigns.

Unfortunately, the Democrats have raised far more money nationwide than the Republicans have this cycle, so if money will in fact steal the election, then your conspiracy would tend to favor the Dems. (The single leading contributor is AFSCME, in at $87.5 million, probably didn’t contribute much to the GOP.)

As for your second premise, you need to prove that a thirty second pro-GOP ad, funded by some foreign affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce is more effective at “stealing” votes than an similar pro-Democratic spot paid for by AFSCME or the SEIU. Or that foreign funding necessarily makes opposition reasearch or dirty tricks more effective than domestically funded efforts.

If you can’t show these things then the source of the money is irrelevant, only the success of the effort on which it is spent matters. I think your only valid complaint can be that Republican money was spent more effeectively than Democratic money since in your view ideas, policy, vision, all that crap is drown out by the noise of money.

(BTW- Do you think that Gene McCarthy and George McGovern, back in the day, didn’t get money from the CPUSA and the like?)

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By rico, suave, November 2, 2010 at 11:04 am Link to this comment

G.Anderson and fearnotruth:

Your posts of course begs the question- Why did the plutocracy and oligarchy allow Obama to get elected in the first place?

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By SarcatiCanuck, November 2, 2010 at 11:00 am Link to this comment
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Mr.Robinson,very simplistic rationalization of America’s current problems.Imagine this:A theoretical rally was held at the White House and everybody who attended was given a mask to hide thier identity.All these nameless people would then be allowed to yell NIGGER as loud and as many times as they wanted at the W.H. without anyone ever knowing who they were.Total anonymity.How many people from all walks of life would show up?My guess,there’d be millions.Hot Dog vendors would make a killing,people would be arm in arm,celibrating thier hate of the common boogyman,parents would be tossing thier babies joyfully into the air.You’d see Spike Lee filming it all for his next motion picture entitled “I Told You So” and CNN and FOX would be analyzing it for weeks….Nothing unites men and women more then thier hate of a common perceived enemy.Hitler proved that fact beyond all reasonable doubt.
  The real problem is that America is currently in decline and da people don’t like it.At the turn of the millenium they saw themselves as the greatest civilisation ever known to mankind.In ten short years they have seen terrorism on thier own shores,two wars,corporate greed and fraud destroying thier jobs,savings and standard of living.They have been blatantly lied to by thier elected leaders,had thier rights rescinded,seen they’re sons and daughters killed or maimed in the middle east and constant horrendous crimes throughout the nation.Need I go on?
  No wonder everybody is pissed off.Now,where do all these disenfranchised people vent this rage and anger.Some go postal and kill thier coworkers,families,neighbours and themselves.Others bury themselves in booze,drugs and other addictions,but most are looking for that common enemy to focus thier frustrations on.Hmmmmm,we can’t attck ethnics because we are all ethnics now,and we can’t attack Muslims because they are actually very nice people even if they do wear thier pajamas to work.Gays?Nope,I’ve met a few of them and they were pretty cool.Clowns or Mimes?Tempting,but its been done already and the perps went to jail,ouch….I’ve got it,its all the politicians fault.They must pay and pay dearly.
  I don’t think it would matter if Mr.Obama could walk on water,while juggling 3 running chainsaws,blowing smoke out of his ears and whistling show tunes out of his ass.He is screwed and screwed big time…The people’s anger has hit fever pitch and they want thier pound of flesh.And the GOP knows this.Good luck Mr.Obama,the sleeping giant has awoken and is looking straight at you.Mr.Robinson,racism is just a narrow slice of a big troubled pie.

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By G.Anderson, November 2, 2010 at 10:55 am Link to this comment

What did you think was going to happen Eugene?

Did you think that the plutocracy was going to roll over and let the voters take away their control over the government?

They’ve been enjoying their fortune for the last 40 years, they seem untouchable, they’ve bought and paid for that.

When Obama was elected I will never forget the feeling, the excitement and the promise of his administration.

However no one has done more to discredit him, than he has. That’s right, and those nasty Teabaggers, and Republicans couldn’t have done it without him.

He’s made one mess after another, health care, the bailout, the mortgage relief bills, the gulf disaster….

Then he walks away and lets others deal with it.

I bet he’s done this his whole life, creates a mess and then walks away and expects someone else to clean up after him….

But now he’s done it to the whole country..

He’s good at smiling, and looking thin in a suit…

If things get too messy expect him to walk away..

If he has the guts for it, he should make a commitment now to stay and fight..that’s what the people will be doing..

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By Go Right Young Man, November 2, 2010 at 10:52 am Link to this comment

Fear, - “THE GLOBAL FINANCE OLIGARCHY”

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If pressed; would you be able to name this group of oligarchs you write of?  Are you able to lend names and faces to these people?

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By fearnotruth, November 2, 2010 at 10:40 am Link to this comment

Once again the issue of racism generates 10 times more commentary than the war
- the so-called Tea Party is now countered by the so-called New Black Panther
Party, whose leader was just on the airwaves telling Beck and his TP minion that
he’ll meet them on the Mall and that he’s “...ready to rumble!”

Obviously they’re both COINTEL and the whole side show is a PSYOP designed to
keep so-called Lefties and Righties at odds - distracted from focussing on our
common enemy: THE GLOBAL FINANCE OLIGARCHY, who order up provocations to
instigate the launch of wars anywhere needed to advance their hegemonic agenda,
for which we all pay, in blood, guts and gelt.

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By rico, suave, November 2, 2010 at 10:10 am Link to this comment

ardee:

Just noticed your avatar- Nice looking ride!

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By mdgr, November 2, 2010 at 10:06 am Link to this comment

Why now, Eugene?

Whether what you say is true or not (it absolutely is, in part), the thrust of most of your articles tend to be pro-Obama. One of your recent article even pegged your support to the racial issue itself.

So bearing all that in mind—along with the fact that all along, you’ve acted as a reliable Truthdig Apologist for Democrats (TAD)—why NOW, on the morning of the election?

http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2010/10/2010103175555761506.html

This is an eloquent and persuasive refutation of the TAD perspective from someone who should know.

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By adc14, November 2, 2010 at 10:04 am Link to this comment

I’ve no doubt that race is playing a role in the Tea Party’s ascendancy. This is America, how could it not? But the Tea Party would have had less to squawk about if Obama had done what he was elected to do—stand-up for the common man. Instead, he cut deals with crooks, told Main St to take a walk and gave his progressive base the finger. Sorry, he brought much of this upon himself. When people are out of jobs and homes, telling them “things could have been worse” simply doesn’t resonant. He and the rest of the Democrats dithered away a once in a lifetime to make real, substantive change to our corrupt political system and stop the middle class descent to the basement. He didn’t do it and you can’t blame the Tea Party for that.

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By jchristensen, November 2, 2010 at 9:33 am Link to this comment
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Apparently Eugene missed the thousand plus “take our
country back” comments spouted by the Dem’s during
Obama’s run.

How you can read racism into that statement is beyond
me.

I won’t deny there are elements of racism in the Tea
Party movement…just as there are elements of racism
in comedic performances, on every street corner, in
the Black Panther movement, in biker bars, at a
barber shop, etc, etc, etc…however the tea Party
movement, what they stand for, and what they are
trying to achieve has nothing to do with race.

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By Rigor, November 2, 2010 at 9:27 am Link to this comment

Eugene, YOU are a racist.


Turn your words from white to black, tea party to
black panthers, and conservatives to liberals… and
your racist crap would never make it on the web -
wheres the SPLC when this bigotry squirms out from
under its slimy rock ?!

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By siladas, November 2, 2010 at 8:22 am Link to this comment

I am right and you are wrong. Wait - is it the other
way round? What does that mean I am? Or are ‘you’ the
bad thing in the universe?

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By ardee, November 2, 2010 at 7:56 am Link to this comment

“That, once the power has been won back, nothing much will change should also be obvious.”

“The Democratic majority in the Legislature, coupled with a Democrat in the White House, has produced nothing at all to be proud of, thus we get apologists like Robinson attempting to make political unrest into racism.”

That the same poster can make these two statements back to back, the first of which is hideously and obviously wrong, the second which is tragically and transparently true, is paradigmatic of why the catastrophe will happen to our nation today.

That our resident apologist for all things Democratic Party can fail to use his intellect in characterizing these two statements does not surprise me given his penchant for allowing said intellect to remain idle and his testosterone induced loyalty to an empty shell of a party remain dominant.


The first criticism falls flat if one only looks back these last two years and sees a continuation of Bush policies of war, torture, endless corporate profits at the expense of the middle and working classes, and sucking up to the same corporations and CEO’s who almost crashed our economy. That Democrats, no less than Republicans, worship at the altar of corporate money ensures the truth of my statement. Nothing much will change under a Republican Legislature because, in most things, there is no difference between the two parties.

ITW may live in his delusional world in which the GOP is evil incarnate and his beloved Democrats represent the purity and virginal goals of his limited political vision, that is his choice. But most of the rest of us are aware , especially considering the political history of our nation since Reagan, that we the people are represented by neither elephant or jackass.

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By Inherit The Wind, November 2, 2010 at 7:07 am Link to this comment

Go, cyrena!  You are 100% right!

BarbieQue tries to put all the blame on the Democrats for being spineless in not resisting Bush and the GOP.  True, they ABSOLUTELY deserve our disdain for that.  But B denies and avoids the fundamental fact: It was the GOP that LED us down that road, and it’s the Teapartiers’ goal to put us back on it, and put the pedal to the metal.  The lobbies and corporations spoon-fed the GOP all their talking points, and STILL they lost power in 2006 and 2008.

Despite the denials (“pay no attention to that man behind the curtain”) in 10,000 ways the tea party and the Republicans have played the bigot card, setting up racial and ethnic attacks through surrogates and then claiming “We are shocked, SHOCKED that someone would do this….” 

Where are all the conspiracy theorists NOW?  Still living in their fantasies about the WTC and now the Yemen bombs!  There’s a real-life documentable conspiracy to steal this election, backed by the Koch brothers and foreign corporations. Don’t believe me: Check the donors’ list to the US Chamber of Commerce—ALL the foreign pharmaceutical companies gave to it—to run GOP-favored ads.

“That, once the power has been won back, nothing much will change should also be obvious.”

“The Democratic majority in the Legislature, coupled with a Democrat in the White House, has produced nothing at all to be proud of, thus we get apologists like Robinson attempting to make political unrest into racism.”

That the same poster can make these two statements back to back, the first of which is hideously and obviously wrong, the second which is tragically and transparently true, is paradigmatic of why the catastrophe will happen to our nation today.

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By Steve E, November 2, 2010 at 6:47 am Link to this comment

This article is a lesson on how to look through a window and only see the glass.
Just more excuses for a dismal failure of a man who built up the hopes of a nation
and it’s people but doesn’t have the integrity or spine to create substance. Just a
common corporate water boy whose narcissistic and elitists tendencies are
becoming all to obvious. Go ahead cry for this man. I will not.

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By ardee, November 2, 2010 at 6:04 am Link to this comment

I find Mr. Robinson’s rants increasingly shallow and misleading. Are there racists in the Tea Party? Of course there undoubtedly are such, as there unfortunately are everywhere in our nation. But to attempt to disguise the reasons for widespread unrest as solely due to an African American in the White House is a cheap tactic and one that is, in the end, a losing strategy.

That the extremism on the right is used by the GOP as a way of winning back the Legislature is obvious. That, once the power has been won back, nothing much will change should also be obvious. The Democratic majority in the Legislature, coupled with a Democrat in the White House, has produced nothing at all to be proud of, thus we get apologists like Robinson attempting to make political unrest into racism.

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By jonnymoble, November 2, 2010 at 5:28 am Link to this comment
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poor barak, but he wanted as good… smile

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By cyrena, November 2, 2010 at 5:00 am Link to this comment

@Aaron,

Eugene isn’t ‘playing the race’ card, and that’s an outdated and lame excuse
for calling a spade a spade. If Eugene is anything here, it’s too diplomatic
and/or too willing to give the ‘benefit of the doubt’, when it is what it is,
and that is racism. It was racism from day one, when the man hadn’t even
taken office yet, and there were calls for his assassination from coast to
coast. What the hell do you call that, if it’s not racism, and unbridled
bigotry? THAT is damn sure not ‘playing the race care’, which is really a
lame and banal term to even use.

It is what it is, and that’s what we should acknowledge. Because, at the end
of the day, once that HAS been acknowledged, we can also point to the fact
that these racists are…by and large, a MINORITY of the US population, no
matter how much noise they make, or how much money they have behind
them. Barack Obama was elected by an overwhelming majority of the voting
population, of which African-Americans are only 13%. So, it wasn’t the
African-American population that put him overwhelmingly in office, but
the majority, which is still white.

Meantime, racists and bigots are far more transparent than they believe
themselves to be.

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By fearnotruth, November 2, 2010 at 4:12 am Link to this comment

RE: Coincidence? Not a chance. But also not that simple.

agreed - the whole thing smells like a PSYOP

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By BarbieQue, November 2, 2010 at 3:12 am Link to this comment

ER>>”...Again, who’s in possession of the government right now, if not the American people? The non-American people? The un-American people?...”<<<

During the Health Insurance Ripoff and Enslavement (HIRE) boondoggle no one that follows politics would argue that the Health Insurance Lobbyists were *Not* in control of that “debate”. But Eugene knows this.

ER>>”...  That may be what some tea partiers have in mind, but the movement hasn’t seen fit to make campaign finance reform one of its major issues…<<

Obama did, and lookie what happened.

ER>>”...It was Bush who launched two wars without making any provision in the budget to pay for them…”<<

And it was Democrats like Clinton and Kerry that didn’t object at all. In fact, they were like high school cheerleaders at a homecoming. But Eugene knows this.

ER>>”...who proposed and won an expensive new prescription-drug entitlement without paying for it…”<<

Did I miss the Democratic Filibuster?
Passed the House on June 27, 2003 (216 - 215, 1 Present)
Passed the Senate on July 7, 2003 (Unanimous Consent)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medicare_Prescription_Drug,_Improvement,_and_Modernization_Act
But Eugene knows this.

ER>>”...who bailed out irresponsible Wall Street firms with the $700 billion TARP program…”<<<

Well at least the Entirely Democratic Controlled Government never did anything like that… Ooops!

ER>>”...Why didn’t, say, government surveillance of domestic phone calls and e-mails get the constitutional fundamentalists all worked up?...”<<

Well, to be fair, since Eugene is usually attending Big Wig Washington DC lobbyist dinners and ceremonies, he probably doesn’t know that many actually did object to that. Rather loudly. But Eugene is to be forgiven this oversight. He is, after all, part of the Elite.

Eugene, after thinking his grey matter white, closes with this unbelievable conclusion:

ER>>”... I ask myself what’s so different about Obama, and the answer is pretty obvious: He’s black…”<<

Quelle Surprise


When you pull the lever today please remember:

This Democratic party is the party that *arrests* single payer advocates at a hearing. Eugene won’t address this anytime soon. And no amount of spin can spin that.
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20090513_baucus_raucous_caucus/

Vote Democrat or Republican Or Libertarian or Green but VOTE OUT the incumbent! Let’s show DC who’s the boss for a change (...)

And THEN Lets Hold. Their. Feet. To. The. Proverbial. Fire.

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By Aaron Ortiz, November 2, 2010 at 2:48 am Link to this comment

Playing the race card is too simple, as the author admits. I think he undermines
his own argument by using it.

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