Sunday, August 28, 2011

Powell Not Sold on Obama in ‘12

Does That Make Him a Racist?

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who famously crossed party lines to vote for President Obama in 2008, said today that he’s not necessarily supporting the president for reelection in 2012.

“I haven’t decided who I’m going to vote for,” Powell said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “Just as was the case in 2008, I am going to watch the campaign unfold. In the course of my life I have voted for Democrats, I have voted for Republicans, I have changed from one four-year cycle to another.

“I’ve always felt it my responsibility as a citizen to take a look at the issues, examine the candidates, and pick the person that I think is best qualified for the office of the president in that year. And not just solely on the basis of party affiliation,” he said. 
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  1. How did you tie this to race?

  2. You're kidding, right? Given that charges continue (but not as loud today as the proof of is utter incompetence has been proven to all but the most brain dead lefty) that anti-Obama politics is derived from racist beliefs and that Powell supported Obama in 2008 but might be against him in 2012, I wonder if the critics of the Obama critics would consider him to be a racist or simply a sell out.

    While claiming to be racially sensitive, Democrats use racist invectives to denigrate black Republicans, demeaning them as “sellouts”, “Uncle Toms”, “House Negroes”, “House N-word”, or worse. The list of black Republicans attacked by Democrats is long and includes RNC Chairman Michael Steele, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, General Colin Powell and Justice Clarence Thomas.

    On the left-wing Internet website called “The News Blog,” Democrats posted a doctored photograph of RNC Chairman Michael Steele while he was the Lt. Governor of Maryland and running for a Senate seat. Democrats depicted Steele as a “Simple Sambo” with a blackened minstrel-style face, nappy hair and big, think red lips. The cartoon caption read: “Simple Sambo wants to move to the big house”. This contemptible racist stereotype is the same one Democrats used to demean black men during the era of slavery and segregation.

    Condoleezza Rice was the object of particularly vicious racist attacks by Democrats. In addition to several other appalling images of Rice produced by several Democrats, cartoonist Jeff Danziger denigrated Dr. Rice as an ignorant, barefoot “mammy”, reminiscent of the stereotyped black woman in the movie “Gone with the Wind” about the slave era black woman who remarked: “I don’t know nothin’ ‘bout birthin’ no babies”. This is the type of racist stereotype Democrats used to demean black women during the era of slavery and segregation.

    A video was shot by WKRN Video Journalist Beau Fleenor at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee that shows Al Sharpton demeaning Gen. Powell and Dr. Rice, when Sharpton was asked to give his opinions about whether Powell and Rice were “House Negroes”.

    An article that appeared in a Portland, Oregon paper was one of many exposing how hardly a ripple of protest was made by black Democrats when Harry Belafonte publicly denounced Gen. Powell as a “House Negro”.

    The list goes on and on and on.

  3. And hot off the presses from Newsbusters.Org...

    It appears that unless every white person in this country votes for Barack Obama next November, Chris Matthews will believe it's because they're racist.

    On this weekend's syndicated program bearing his name, the host smelled racism in the declining number of whites supporting the President (video follows with transcript and commentary):

    CHRIS MATTHEWS: First up, the very fact of President Barack Obama is a resounding affirmation these two generations later of Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream. It was 48 years ago today that Dr. King talked of an America that could truly be called a shining city on a hill. That dream seemed to be coming true three years ago today when the newly-nominated Barack Obama wove the promise of Dr. King into his appeal for the votes of all Americans.


    MATTHEWS: Obama went on to win 43 percent of white votes in that fall’s election, and that may sound low but Democrats really never win a white majority. Bill Clinton got 43 percent of votes, of white votes back in ’96. Al Gore got just 42 percent, and John Kerry got only 41 percent of white votes in 2004. So Obama’s 43 percent of white votes in 2008 was on the high end.

    Exactly. Obama got more white votes as a percentage than Gore and Kerry, and the same as the incumbent Clinton, but Matthews can't reach the logical conclusion that this means racism wasn't a factor in the 2008 elections; if it was, Obama should have received less white votes than recent white candidates.

    Unfortunately, as the goal of liberal media members is always to paint conservatives as racists, Matthews opted to present typical left-wing talking points rather than the obvious:

    MATTHEWS: But last November’s shellacking of Democrats in the midterm elections came with a dramatic retreat. White voters deserted Democrats running for Congress. Democrats actually got only 37 percent of white votes last November – 37 percent.

    It’s all very worrying for the Obama reelection campaign because in the most recent NBC poll, he, the president, is down to just 36 percent of whites.

    So, in 2008, Obama got more white votes as a percentage than white candidates Kerry and Gore in the two preceding presidential elections, but his current lack of white support is because of racism.

    Nowhere in the next nine minutes - as he and his guests discussed how Republicans are going to use race in the upcoming campaign - was there any discussion about why Obama has lost support of white voters.

    Could it have something to do with his performance the past 31-plus months? Seems like a logical question, doesn't it?

    But that wasn't important to this discussion. Neither was a recent Gallup poll finding that black support for Obama has dropped from 95 percent to 81 percent.

    Have fourteen percent of African-Americans suddenly started hating African-Americans, or is there something about Obama's policies that is turning them off too?

    This also wasn't discussed. Instead, Matthews and his guests spent over half the program talking about white racism and how it's going to impact the 2012 elections.

    For liberal media members like these, any white person that doesn't vote for Obama next November is a racist. Which means that white people need to prepare themselves for constant accusations of racism in the next fourteen-plus months.

    With unemployment guaranteed to remain high, and the economy teetering on a double-dip recession, the President isn't going to be able to run on his record.

    This means his minions in the media are going to be playing the race card at every turn - they've got nothing else in their hand.


    No sooner than the above, but Obama announces 953 days into his presidency that he is going to address a joint session of Congress about jobs next Wednesday - the same day as the scheduled (over months) GOP presidential debate. I guess 953 days into his presidency, jobs have become "urgent." When questioned, the press secretary said it was "OK" for the GOP to reschedule their debate.

    Of course, he is not a monarch and cannot tell Congress when he is going to speak (he must be invited). The Speaker of the House, suggested another day. A commentator on MSNBC (which is HOSTING THE GOP DEBATE!) has to bring RACE INTO THE SITUATION as follows:

    "The interesting question is: What is it about this president that has stripped away the veneer of respect that normally accompanies the Office of the President? Why do Republicans think this president is unpresidential and should dare to request this kind of thing? It strikes me that it could be the economic times, it could be that he won so big in 2008 or it could be, let's face it, the color of his skin. This is an extraordinary reaction to a normal sequence of events," MSNBC contributor Richard Wolffe said on "The Last Word."

    The video and story is here: