15 January 2008

Race Bait

Hillary Clinton, last week in New Hampshire:
Martin Luther King's dream became a reality when Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
America's whacked mainstream media, on Clinton's comment:
She's a racist!
Bill Clinton, at rally for his wife last week:
First, it is factually not true that everybody that supported that resolution supported Bush attacking Iraq before the U.N. inspectors withdrew. Chuck Hagel was one of the co-authors of that resolution, the only Republican Senator that always opposed the war, every day, from the get-go.
He authored the resolution to say that Bush could go to war only if they didn't cooperate with the inspectors and he was assured personally by Condi Rice, as many of the other Senators were. So, first, the case is wrong that way.

Second, it is wrong that Senator Obama got to go through 15 debates trumpeting his superior judgment and how he had been against the war in every year, enumerating the years and never got asked one time, not once, "Well, how could you say that when you said in 2004 you didn't know how you would have voted on the resolution? You said in 2004 there was no difference between you and George Bush on the war and you took that speech you're now running on off your Web site in 2004 and there's no difference in your voting record and Hillary's ever since."

Give me a break.

This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen.
America's whacked mainstream media, on the former President's comments:
He's a racist!
Ok...in the words of my niece (mimicking her teacher)...everybody just calm down.

Neither one of those comments is racist, and the mainstream media needs to stop fanning those flames. (Oh wait...bad use of words...flames....shit...they'll paint me as some raging homo....oh, wait...I am a raging homo...ok...I digress...). I mean, look at the entire comment from President Clinton. He was obviously talking about Sen. Obama's views on the war (and making a mountain out of a moll-hill if you ask me - but that's another story), however CNN, Fox News, ABC News et. al. only played this snippet:
Give me a break. This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen.
Without the context of the remarks leading up it, the fairy tale comment can be taken about five different ways and the media used it to paint the Clintons as racist.

Hillary's comment was not racist either. She was simply stating the fact that Lyndon Johnson was the president who signed a bill that got to his desk due to the hard work of MLK, Jr.

Class act that he is, Obama comes to the Clintons' defense, while at the same time calling the media on their shit:
I don't think it was in any way a racial comment. That's something that has played out in the press. That's not my view. [We shouldn't] degenerate into so much tit-for-tat, back-and-forth that we lose sight of why all of us are doing this."
That said, Robert Johnson, the former head of BET and a Clinton campaign adviser, made a comment that reeks of an underlying racism:
And to me, as an African-American, I am frankly insulted that the Obama campaign would imply that we are so stupid that we would think Hillary and Bill Clinton, who have been deeply and emotionally involved in black issues since Barack Obama was doing something in the neighborhood – and I won’t say what he was doing, but he said it in the book – when they have been involved.
Johnson is so obviously referring to Obama's admitted drug use as a young man, that any denials fall on deaf ears.

Hillary Clinton told Tim Russert this past Sunday that she would fire anyone who makes such comments. The sooner her campaign dumps Johnson, the better.