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An appalling lack of common sense
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, August 03, 2006

For the last day or so I've been watching a bit of political theater play out and just shaking my head. Talk about a train-wreck.

Jane Hamsher, who loves to belittle the right and Joe Lieberman while implying she just drips and oozes political savvy did what I consider to be one of the dumbest things I've ever seen yesterday. In a move that can only be described as politically ignorant, she placed a photoshopped picture of Bill Clinton and Joe Lieberman with a post about, well who else, Joe Liberman. In the picture, Clinton was shown wearing sun glasses and Lieberman was in black face.

Yes, black face. In 2006 a supposedly political savvy "progressive" blogger thought it would be acceptable to depict someone, anyone, in black face. You can see the picture elsewhere, and I'm sure you know where, but when I saw it first on Huffington Post, I was stunned. I wondered how anyone could be that politically inept?

Reaction in the comments of the HuffPo article was immediate and outraged. And it came from both sides of the political spectrum. Those from the left were just as outraged as those from the right. Hamsher tried to ignore it. The photoshopper tried to explain it. It didn't work. Finally, Hamsher withdrew the photo and put an apology up.

Sorta.

It's one of those, "yeah gee, I'm sorry, but look what they're doing" sort of things. Well, you read it:
I sincerely apologize to anyone who was genuinely offended by the choice of images accompanying my blog post today on the Huffington Post. It's also important to note that I do not, nor have I ever worked for Ned Lamont's campaign. However, at their request, I removed the image earlier today.

Unfortunately, Senator Lieberman's campaign has used this in attempt to hurt Ned and score political points, mustering their own faux indignation in attempt to further distract from the issues important to the voters of Connecticut.

For weeks, Senator Lieberman has attempted to woo African Americans by pretending to be someone he clearly is not. Meanwhile, his campaign has liberally distributed race-baiting fliers that have the "paid for by" Joe's campaign disclaimer at the bottom, lying to the press about their intended recipients.

But for some reason, more questions have been asked about me, a blogger. With so much at stake this election, is the choice of images used by a mere supporter really newsworthy?

To the extent that rightwing Republicans like Michelle Malkin are trying to harm Ned Lamont with this ginned up controversy by "defending" his opponent with these absurd charges of racism —- I regret it and I invite them to take it up with the person who did it, namely me. I answer to nobody and I operate entirely on my own volition. If you have a problem with something I've written, you know where to find me.
Naturally it's all Michelle Malkin's fault. I'm surprised that somehow Ann Coulter wasn't dragged into it. And, of course, Hamsher tries to wave it all off as a reaction to Lieberman's supposed "race-baiting flyers" and attempts to woo African Americans. Yeah, that makes the photo acceptable and its use plausible, doesn't it?

And she seems stunned that Lieberman would react too and use against Lamont something as poltically dumb and tasteless as the Hamsher photo. Real political savvy there, Jane.

Last, but not least, her claim not to "work" for the Lamont campaign, again that may be technically true, but there's plenty of evidence within the blogosphere that while she may not be on the official Lamont campaign staff roles, the term "unpaid operative" would fit just fine.

Lamont, of course, is in total damage-control mode and, like Sgt. Shultz, knows nothing.

What was both hilarious and pathetic was the way Hamsher ended her "apology":
But perhaps it's also time people started asking why the Republicans suddenly feel they have a dog in this fight in the first place. First David Horowitz, then the College Republicans and now the rightwing blogosphere are all championing a particular Democrat in a Democratic primary. Perhaps they have come to admire what seem to be ever increasing Rovian tactics, such as that flyer accusing Lamont of being a racist (which inspired the satirical graphic in the first place.) Whatever it is, it certainly should give Connecticut voters pause as they consider whether they are really voting for a Democrat in the Democratic primary on August 8th.
Perhaps, Jane, instead you ought to look in the mirror and for once in your life, STFU.
 
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As you’ll recall, she’s not the 1st Democrat unpaid political operative to "sambo-ize" a picture of an opponent to a favored Democrat.

What is it with these racist Democrats?
 
Written By: shark
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This only goes to show just how much some Democrats assume the Black vote is in their pocket. And yesterday(?), I saw Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton were going to CT for Lamont.

Perhaps the SCOTUS was wrong to make Senators popularly elected. Especially when a state wide race is tramped with out-of-staters, like this.
 
Written By: Neo
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"Perhaps the SCOTUS was wrong to make Senators popularly elected."

Neo, an idiotic amendment made Senators popularly elected, not SCOTUS.

FYI.

Yours, TDP, ml, msl, & pfpp
 
Written By: Tom Perkins
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Perkins -
Perhaps the SCOTUS was wrong to make Senators popularly elected."

Neo, an idiotic amendment made Senators popularly elected, not SCOTUS.
If it was up to legislatures, you would see Legislatures rewarding senior career hack Legislators, bagmen, nepotic favorites. Some might be good - Gray Davis instead of Boxer, Sheldon Silver instead of Chuckles Schumer. Some awful - Patrick Kennedy instead of Jack Reed. George Soros buying a seat from Vermont. Nasties like Cruz Bustamonte and William Bolger could be Senators. And if it was a fuction of the State Legislative fiefdom, no way would a Kay Bailey Hutchinson, John Cornyn, George Allen, John Warner, Lieberman, Santorum, Obama, Sessions, Coburn, Coleman have any shot. I trust the voters more than I do my esteemed Democratic-dominant Legislature where corruption and cronyism are considered bona fides for senior leadership posts and moneymen are all but kissed on the ring when they meet with the State Reps.
Jane Hamsher, who loves to belittle the right and Joe Lieberman while implying she just drips and oozes political savvy did what I consider to be one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen yesterday
She’s a Hollywood producer. Meaning to get the job she had to be a card-carrying Leftist and willing tool of the Mogul’s agenda. Interestingly, she was the Producer of "Natural Born Killers" - a film that Lieberman pointed out was exemplary of the vileness of Hollywood, it’s cultural war against the American people. Hamsher defended her movie. So she has a grudge on ol’ Joe.
Even more interestingly, she made an even dumber move than slapping blackface on Lieberman when she wrote an insider book that broke Hollywood Omerta and criticized actual "Players", crippling her Hollywood career. Many believe she became a Far Left Blogger to help rehabilitate herself in their eyes.
 
Written By: C. Ford
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Perhaps the Republicans feel they have a dog in this fight because it was William F. Buckley who originally championed Lieberman’s candidacy against Lowell Weicker, the self-described "turd in the punchbowl of American politics."
 
Written By: Kevin
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The blog “JustOneMinute” nails Ned Lamont in a blatant lie to the press.
“Ned Lamont may make a great politico after all, since he seems to have already mastered a key part of the job - when in trouble, lie. Here he is in the WaPo ducking the Lieberman-blackface debacle caused by blogger Jane Hamsher:
Lamont brushed past reporters Wednesday night in Bridgeport, saying: "I don’t know anything about the blogs. I’m not responsible for those. I have no comment on them."
“Can anyone forget Lamont’s first ad, with the Mighty Kos himself peering through the Lamont’s living room window before bursting inside to meet the candidate himself? Good news - apparently, it can be forgotten, since Ned Lamont now knows nothing about the blogs.”
“…here is Jane …directing Ned in a commercial. Gee, did she introduce herself and mention what she was doing for the campaign, or just start ordering him around?”
 
Written By: Robert Fulton
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Unfortunately, Senator Lieberman’s campaign has used this in attempt to hurt Ned and score political points, mustering their own faux indignation in attempt to further distract from the issues important to the voters of Connecticut.
That must be "faux indignation" because Lieberman isn’t capable of the real thing, what with his lack of nutroots endorsement. I mean, he couldn’t possible be authentically indignant about being portrayed as Steppin Fetchit by his opponent’s supporters on a high trafficed "media" source, could he? Now without Arianna’s blessing. No siree.
 
Written By: Pablo
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My feelings about this whole brouhaha are mixed. I agree with McQ that a woman who parades as a political sophisticate went with a ploy that even most idiots would not fail to understand violates a taboo. Only African-Americans hold a “license” to use blackface in making any kind of point. The left itself has generated this orthodoxy, so she is hoist on the petard of her own ideology’s making.

That said, I am most bemused to see Republicans carrying on as if racism is really the issue here. Everyone knows Jane Hamsher is not a racist, and she wasn’t making any kind of point approving of racism in what she did. Republicans, by contrast, have a long history of successfully exploiting racism as a tool in down and dirty political strategies, as one of that party’s campaign maestros, Lee Atwater, admitted — and for which he issued pained apologies as he was dying of brain cancer.

Jane was stupid. Those GOP partisans exploiting her gross misstep are hypocrites cynically exploiting her "racism."
 
Written By: Mona
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Here is an article to read on what place blackface holds in race issues.

To quote:
Still, John Strausbaugh argues in the persuasive, provocative "Black Like You," blackface continues to hold an especially vilified place in American culture. "The swastika, the ’N-word’ and blackface, because of their special historical significance, are the ne plus ultra of hate speech," he writes. If you doubt that claim, ask the singer Stephin Merritt, who recently set off a small explosion in rock’s intellectual circles by stating that "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah," from the disowned Disney film "Song of the South," is "a great song." Or, better yet, try an easier test — on a crowded subway car, pull out this book, with the close-up of a blackfaced minstrel on its cover, and see how you feel.
To make that allusion (blackface) is to commit a racist act. No one should be justifying it here. The old, but republicans are racist too! double pfffft!

As to Hamsher’s unapologetic apology, the hell with her "Oh, sorry to offend" non apology.

And I see the townhouse appologizers (the M word) are here to counter spin this.

 
Written By: capt joe
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But, I am not sure what is more offensive, Hamsher putting Liberman (a jew) in blackface or calling his supporters LieberYouth.

Yes, I got the reference she was making about him. How nice. Maybe someone will defend that too. How very nice.
 
Written By: capt joe
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Powerline’s pontifications about “the absurdity of Lamont’s effort to distance himself from the irresponsible left” are just plain funny. Right, Jane Hamsher transgresses PC boundaries, and that means a primary candidate is not sufficiently distanced from the “irresponsible left.” This, from a champion of the responsible party of Lee Atwater.

Spike Lee has made use of the blackface schtick, and he can get away with it because he is a liberal black man. Jane is white, so she can’t. It is that silly but true, and Jane should be well aware of it.


 
Written By: Mona
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Everyone knows Jane Hamsher is not a racist, and she wasn’t making any kind of point approving of racism in what she did.
So your telepathic powers work on her as well as Glenn Greenwald? Amazing. Another in a long line of your defenses of the indefensible.
Only African-Americans hold a “license” to use blackface in making any kind of point.
The fact that you can type that line with a straight face just blows me away. Or this:
Republicans, by contrast, have a long history of successfully exploiting racism as a tool in down and dirty political strategies, as one of that party’s campaign maestros, Lee Atwater, admitted — and for which he issued pained apologi es as he was dying of brain cancer.
Here’s a fun history quiz for you. Know what party the first black U.S. congressman belonged to? Republican. How about the second? Republican. The first twenty-three black congressmen? Yes, ALL Republican.

The Democratic party was the party of slavery, and after Reconstruction, the party of the white power elite. I live in the South, Mona. You know, where the majority of the "African-Americans" live.

Robert "KKK" Byrd? Democrat. When David Duke ran for governor of Louisiana, what did he run as? A Republican. And the GOP disavowed him and the local Republican party endorsed Edwin Edwards, who had already ducked a racketeering indictment and is now serving a (life) sentence in federal prison. Don’t bother huffing and puffing, I WAS HERE. Republicans sporting bumper stickers that said "Vote for the Crook - It’s Important" were all over the place.

Bull Connor? Democrat. Racial Segregation and Miscegenation laws? Pushed and passed by Democrats.

One would think that you would have learned by now that commenters here are more conversant with history than your average "Reason libertarian" Glennwald-groupie lickspittle. And yet here you are again, attempting to push the same tired act.


What are you doing here, anyway? Isn’t it time for Glenn’s tongue-bath?

 
Written By: Jeff
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Jeff, I don’t substatively engage "debate" at the level you descend to — e.g., your final two sentences. My link to Atwater’s admissions stands, but I’ll be ignoring you henceforth until you decide to interact at a decent level.
 
Written By: Mona
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As for popular elections of US Senators...
I trust the voters more than I do my esteemed Democratic-dominant Legislature where corruption and cronyism are considered bona fides for senior leadership posts and moneymen are all but kissed on the ring when they meet with the State Reps.
That may be, but now the individual states have no representation. I think that we’ve all read of so-called "unfunded mandates" from the Federal government. Having the Senate represent the states was supposed to prevent such crud.

For that matter, having the state legislatures elect/select the senators would provide a greater incentive for most people to pay attentioin to state level politics.
 
Written By: Mark A. Flacy
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Very good point Mark. Voter participation in state level politics is depressing and I think if the stakes were raised a bit by returning the election of Senators to state legislatures, more people would take an interest.
 
Written By: The Poet Omar
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Read a satirical critique of the battle being waged amongst Democrats in the Lieberman v. Lamont Senate race coined "The Hatfield’s & McCoy’s"...here:

www.thoughttheater.com
 
Written By: Daniel DiRito
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Mona-

"But they do it too" stopped being an accepted defense back in 3rd grade.

If you simply cannot condemn an act of insensitivity and idiocy bordering on racism (hey, it’s the world PC has created!) without uttering "But....." then maybe you should simply remain silent.

 
Written By: shark
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Republicans, by contrast, have a long history of successfully exploiting racism as a tool in down and dirty political strategies, as one of that party’s campaign maestros, Lee Atwater, admitted — and for which he issued pained apologi es as he was dying of brain cancer.
Here’s a fun history quiz for you. Know what party the first black U.S. congressman belonged to? Republican. How about the second? Republican. The first twenty-three black congressmen? Yes, ALL Republican.

The Democratic party was the party of slavery, and after Reconstruction, the party of the white power elite. I live in the South, Mona. You know, where the majority of the "African-Americans" live.

Robert "KKK" Byrd? Democrat. When David Duke ran for governor of Louisiana, what did he run as? A Republican. And the GOP disavowed him and the local Republican party endorsed Edwin Edwards, who had already ducked a racketeering indictment and is now serving a (life) sentence in federal prison. Don’t bother huffing and puffing, I WAS HERE. Republicans sporting bumper stickers that said "Vote for the Crook - It’s Important" were all over the place.

Bull Connor? Democrat. Racial Segregation and Miscegenation laws? Pushed and passed by Democrats.
Here Mona, now you respond to this since I’m reposting it and you don’t have to do the faux superiority act regarding Jeff.

 
Written By: shark
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I said this elsewhere, mark my words, the time will come soon when a major Democrat figures out they cannot win with this netroots albatross around their neck and then they will break with the Kos crowd very publicly.

It will be a Sister Souljah moment, and that candidate will pull ahead of the pack. And don’t be surprised if it is Hilary Clinton who does it.
 
Written By: kyle N
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MONA: "My feelings about this whole brouhaha are mixed."
Seems to me the mixture tests out at 95/05 standard liberal Democrat apologia content. Libertarian is as libertarian does. By that standard, you measure up as a pretty good liberal Democrat. OK, to you it is an important differentiation that you call yourself a libertarian and that you read [or read, I forget which] "Reason". Once again you are weighing in with a comment that one could expect from a liberal Democrat. I am just sayin’.
And Jeff, that tongue comment was very crude. Since La Mona has denigrated me for similar "non-substantiveness" I feel your pain.
Shark, why are you requesting another Mona strawman response?
 
Written By: Robert Fulton
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And Jeff, that tongue comment was very crude. Since La Mona has denigrated me for similar "non-substantiveness" I feel your pain.
What’s yer point? I notice you didn’t say it was WRONG or INACCURATE, just very crude. I just consulted the man in the mirror, and he gave me the double-thumbs-up. He feels no pain, therefore I feel no pain.
Shark, why are you requesting another Mona strawman response?
Likely for the same reason I respond to Mona’s foolishness - it’s good exercise. Rebutting Mona is kinda like working out on the heavy bag in my "man room." It’s a non-sentient object, so it’s not like you’re ever going to beat it, but it still feels really good to beat on it regularly.

Helps me wind down after a long day running my etiquette school.
 
Written By: Jeff
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Yes, I even posted an article written in the New York times of a book about why it was considered a very bad thing. Off course that was ignored as well.

You can bet that if any right of center blogger had done what Ms Hamsher did, then a certain someone would have suddenly found it anissue with the applciation of a blackface image.

It seems that the political direction of the comment seems to have a lot to do with the response from that certain someone. One would almost think there was some degree of partisan nature involved here.
 
Written By: capt joe
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capt joe,

You are lowering the level of discourse with your cynicism. It is no wonder that a certain someone refuses to substantively "debate" you.

And besides, LEE ATWATER, YOU HYPOCRITE.
 
Written By: Jeff
URL: http://repatriate.blogspot.com
Sorry, Jeff, irony does not communicate itself well in comments.
 
Written By: Robert Fulton
URL: http://
Republicans, by contrast, have a long history of successfully exploiting racism as a tool in down and dirty political strategies, as one of that party’s campaign maestros, Lee Atwater, admitted — and for which he issued pained apologies as he was dying of brain cancer.
Lee Atwater certainly apologized for the Willie Horton thing, but not because it was dirty politics, but because he felt it made him sound like a racist, something he denied.
The controversy escalated when Vice Presidential candidate Lloyd Bentsen and former Democratic candidate and civil rights leader Jesse Jackson called the ad racist. In 1991, terminally ill with cancer, Atwater apologized to Dukakis for saying that he would "make Willie Horton his running mate...because it makes me sound racist, which I am not."
And historically, Jeff has a point. It wasn’t a Republican who stood in the door of Central High in Little Rock, but it was a Republican who used federal troops to enforce the law. It wasn’t a Republican standing against integration at the University of Alabama, but it was a Democratic Governor. It wasn’t the Republicans who filibustered the Civil Rights Act in 1957 and 1964, but Democrats, one of which was the mentor of William Jefferson Clinton and the other was the former VP’s dad.

Willie Horton may have been dirty politics, but it was Democrats who invented racial politics ... at least in this country.
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/blog
I got you, Robert - I just didn’t do so well communicating my own irony. Sorry. :)
 
Written By: Jeff
URL: http://repatriate.blogspot.com
Yes, black face. In 2007...

I thought that went out of style with Ted Danson. McQ, I will be amazed and disgusted to find that sort of thing going on next year, in 2007.
 
Written By: Wulf
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You know what Wulf, I thought about that as I was driving to Macon today and thought "I’ll change it when I get back". Then the day happened and, well, I forgot. But for some reason and I have no idea what it was, today I was a year ahead of myself.

Now that you’ve reminded me, I’m going to change it.;)
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/blog
I see that Ned Lamont is now saying something in a paraphrase of this: "Ah did not make commercials with that woman."

I heard that somewhere before but I just can’t put my finger on it. Maybe another couple of martinis and it will come to me. hmmm.....
 
Written By: capt joe
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I suppose I should have posted the link about commercials. One too many martinis I think.

Here is Lamont and Hamsher chatting it up. He certainly knew her then. I guess she is roadkill now. You would think that after all the money she made for him, he could have recalled something. I guess ole Ned is going to be a good politician afterall.
 
Written By: capt joe
URL: http://
McQ,

Thanks for pointing out that it was due to Republicans, not Democrats, that the 1965 civil rights act was passed. It is amazing how few people realize that. Having grown up in Louisiana I find it astonishing how anyone can say with a straight face that the Democratic Party has some moral high ground to stand upon when it comes to race.

I also appreciate your defense of Lee Atwater. I was no big fan of he or Bush 41, but Lee Atwater was not a racist. He was a hard nosed political operative and, as I said, I am no fan. However, he was one of the Republicans of his era most comfortable with African Americans. Much more comfortable than Bush 41 or Dukakis.
 
Written By: Lance
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Found this.

Guess Hamsher had a different POV back then about blackface.
 
Written By: capt joe
URL: http://
Yes, it is delicious to see a race-baiter hoist on her own petard. Thanks for the link.
 
Written By: Robert Fulton
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"...I do not, nor have I ever worked for Ned Lamont’s campaign."

"I answer to nobody and I operate entirely on my own volition. If you have a problem with something I’ve written, you know where to find me."

"However, at their request, I removed the image earlier today."
 
Written By: ddubb
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Willie Horton may have been dirty politics, but it was Democrats who invented racial politics ... at least in this country.

Indeed, if I recall correctly it was Al Gore who first used Willie Horton against his fellow democrats , not Mr. Bush or any other Republican.

And, while I’m thinking about it, I find it interesting that the black faced Lieberman should be shown with the country’s self proclaimed first black president, Bill Clinton.
 
Written By: Bithead
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Indeed, if I recall correctly it was Al Gore who first used Willie Horton against his fellow democrats , not Mr. Bush or any other Republican.
Al Gore brought up the furlough program, but he didn’t bring up Willie Horton by name.
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/blog
Al Gore brought up the furlough program, but he didn’t bring up Willie Horton by name.
IIRC, neither did Bush 41.
 
Written By: MichaelW
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Likely for the same reason I respond to Mona’s foolishness - it’s good exercise. Rebutting Mona is kinda like working out on the heavy bag in my "man room." It’s a non-sentient object, so it’s not like you’re ever going to beat it, but it still feels really good to beat on it regularly.
Written By: Jeff
Really?

Robert "KKK" Byrd?
“Robert "KKK" Byrd”
!?
How shrewd you must be perceived to be.

One would think that you would have learned by now that commenters here are more conversant with history than your average "Reason libertarian" Glennwald-groupie lickspittle. And yet here you are again, attempting to push the same tired act.
“lickspittle”
!?


What are you doing here, anyway? Isn’t it time for Glenn’s tongue-bath?
This is your “working out on the heavy bag”???

What this is has to be what only can be described as an exhibition of a repartee welterweight.

Take a seat, junior.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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Mona-

"But they do it too" stopped being an accepted defense back in 3rd grade.
Written By: shark


Followed immediately with…
Republicans, by contrast, have a long history of successfully exploiting racism as a tool in down and dirty political strategies, as one of that party’s campaign maestros, Lee Atwater, admitted — and for which he issued pained apologi es as he was dying of brain cancer.
Here’s a fun history quiz for you. Know what party the first black U.S. congressman belonged to? Republican. How about the second? Republican. The first twenty-three black congressmen? Yes, ALL Republican.

The Democratic party was the party of slavery, and after Reconstruction, the party of the white power elite. I live in the South, Mona. You know, where the majority of the "African-Americans" live.

Robert "KKK" Byrd? Democrat. When David Duke ran for governor of Louisiana, what did he run as? A Republican. And the GOP disavowed him and the local Republican party endorsed Edwin Edwards, who had already ducked a racketeering indictment and is now serving a (life) sentence in federal prison. Don’t bother huffing and puffing, I WAS HERE. Republicans sporting bumper stickers that said "Vote for the Crook - It’s Important" were all over the place.

Bull Connor? Democrat. Racial Segregation and Miscegenation laws? Pushed and passed by Democrats.
Here Mona, now you respond to this since I’m reposting it and you don’t have to do the faux superiority act regarding Jeff.
Written By: shark
Shark must be in the third grade.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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MONA: "My feelings about this whole brouhaha are mixed."
Seems to me the mixture tests out at 95/05 standard liberal Democrat apologia content.
Written By: Robert Fulton
Really, Robert? Is what Mona wrote a 95/05 standard liberal Democrat apologia? Let’s have a look again, shall we?
My feelings about this whole brouhaha are mixed. I agree with McQ that a woman who parades as a political sophisticate went with a ploy that even most idiots would not fail to understand violates a taboo. Only African-Americans hold a “license” to use blackface in making any kind of point. The left itself has generated this orthodoxy, so she is hoist on the petard of her own ideology’s making.
Standard liberal Democrat apologia?
Hardly.

Once again you are weighing in with a comment that one could expect from a liberal Democrat. I am just sayin’.
Written By: Robert Fulton
Once again you are weighing in with a comment that one could expect from an obtuse, chimerical antagonist. I’m just sayin’.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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I think the Horton thing was way overblown, but...
Indeed, if I recall correctly it was Al Gore who first used Willie Horton against his fellow democrats , not Mr. Bush or any other Republican.
...you do not recall correctly.
To this day, no one has found any quoted interview or recording showing Al Gore mentioning Willie Horton’s name during the 1988 primary campaign.
More here.
 
Written By: Jon Henke
URL: http://QandO.net
Well, the he said she said of the political spectrum is predictable but the points are:
- she was wrong
- she hasn’t appologized
- she wrote (I put the link earlier) up a post previously decrying Laura Bush after Bush said she liked Eddie Cantor and Hamsher tied that into a general attack tied to Bush approving of blackface somehow.
- Hamsher has a long history of saying nasty crap (worse than Michelle Malkin) about people she does not like. The rape joe gurney and the blackface incident being mild.
 
Written By: capt joe
URL: http://
Oh, you wicked, wicked little man. I could crush you like an ant, you know. But I have far more important fish to fry.

So many of the opposition to demonize, marginalize, and treat as Other, so little time.

*sigh* Sometimes I do believe I’m going to choke on all this tolerance and diversity crap.

Toodles!
 
Written By: The Hamster
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