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Bob Herbert absolutely nails it on the race issue...

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by spinning27, Aug 2, 2008.

  1. spinning27

    spinning27 New Member

    ...and slaps the ReThuglican's Rove-style politics

    Gee, I wonder why, if you have a black man running for high public office — say, Barack Obama or Harold Ford — the opposition feels compelled to run low-life political ads featuring tacky, sexually provocative white women who have no connection whatsoever to the black male candidates.

    ...

    The Republican National Committee targeted Harold Ford with a similarly disgusting ad in 2006 when Mr. Ford, then a congressman, was running a strong race for a U.S. Senate seat in Tennessee. The ad, which the committee described as a parody, showed a scantily clad woman whispering, “Harold, call me.”

    Both ads were foul, poisonous and emanated from the upper reaches of the Republican Party. (What a surprise.) Both were designed to exploit the hostility, anxiety and resentment of the many white Americans who are still freakishly hung up on the idea of black men rising above their station and becoming sexually involved with white women.


    The racial fantasy factor in this presidential campaign is out of control. It was at work in that New Yorker cover that caused such a stir. (Mr. Obama in Muslim garb with the American flag burning in the fireplace.) It’s driving the idea that Barack Obama is somehow presumptuous, too arrogant, too big for his britches — a man who obviously does not know his place.

    Mr. Obama has to endure these grotesque insults with a smile and heroic levels of equanimity. The reason he has to do this — the sole reason — is that he is black.


    ...

    Whatever you think about Barack Obama, he does not want the race issue to be front and center in this campaign. Every day that the campaign is about race is a good day for John McCain. So I guess we understand Mr. McCain’s motivation.

    Nevertheless, it’s frustrating to watch John McCain calling out Barack Obama on race. Senator Obama has spoken more honestly and thoughtfully about race than any other politician in many years. Senator McCain is the head of a party that has viciously exploited race for political gain for decades.



    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/02/opinion/02herbert.html?_r=2&em&oref=slogin&oref=slogin
     
  2. It never ends ...
     
  3. armageddon

    armageddon Active Member

    Perhaps someone should point out to the author that the New Yorker cover accurately and beautifully slammed the same people he is now criticizing, even it was misconstrued by some.
     
  4. D-Backs Hack

    D-Backs Hack Guest

    Yep, you're right. McCain has another stupid-ass ad out today.
     
  5. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    The ads McCain is running are pure Rove, Kerry has a good military record, try and make it a bad thing, McCain adopts a non-white child, say he fathered a black baby, an Alabama judicial candidate advocates for children, accuse him of being a pedophile, Obama is respected overseas, portray it as a bad thing.
    Is it that we as Americans WANT to think the worst about people?
     
  6. hondo

    hondo Well-Known Member

    I'm not arguing about the Ford or McCain ads in question. They were pretty dumb. However, the Democrats have exploited race for political gain since Kennedy. They're the ones moaning about how Republican policies will "kill children" and they're the ones who have a vested interest in the welfare state remaining just as it is. Dems have a plantation overseer mentality in that they always know what's good for black folks ... better than black folks themselves.
     
  7. spinning27

    spinning27 New Member

    After years and years, I'm still waiting for a Republican to give a solid, logical explanation of this supposed "welfare state" and how Democrats want to exploit it for political gain.

    Why don't you give it a shot, hondo?
     
  8. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    What a simple minded piece of reactionary tripe, completely worthless and incredibly overwrought.
    Obama has been treated with more public deference and less political and personal criticism than any candidate for President since Washington's first election.
    If he were to be the public recipient of any racism, it would disgusting. But that's not what happened.

    Herbert is merely taking on the Woody Allen role in Annie Hall. Alvie Singer heard "Jew hear that" rather than "Did you hear that". Allen played it for laughs. The joke is once again on Herbert, the Joe McCarthy of the left. He sees racism is an ice cream sundae.
     
  9. Dickens Cider

    Dickens Cider New Member

    A whole lot of political columnists, pundits and neutral think-tanks disagree.

    And forgive me for not trusting the board's resident hater of blacks to give an impartial opinion on anything race-related.
     
  10. hondo

    hondo Well-Known Member

    The explanations have been numerous, solid and logical. They're simply explanations you never want to hear, therefore, you think you're still waiting. You do the research. Lord knows there's enough of it out there.
     
  11. Dickens Cider

    Dickens Cider New Member

    So you have nothing and are punting, in other words?
     
  12. hondo

    hondo Well-Known Member

    No...there's plenty out there. Make the effort.
     
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