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Obama can't run on his record, so his shills still play the racist card

Melissa Harris-Perry in the Nation:

The 2008 general election was another referendum on old-fashioned electoral racism—this time among Democratic voters. The long primary battle between Hillary Clinton and Obama had the important effect of registering hundreds of thousands of Democrats. By October 2008, it was clear that Obama could lose the general election only if a substantial portion of registered Democrats in key states failed to turn out or chose to cross party lines. For Democrats to abandon their nominee after eight years of Bush could be interpreted only as an act of electoral racism.

Bollocks. And in retrospect, the [grassroots] PUMAs got it more right than wrong: Both McCain and Obama were Rs, so why the heck not vote for the genuine article? Also, to, vile misogyny and caucus theft.

And hilariously, Obama supporters still seem to believe that the way to win voters over is to insult them:

President Obama has experienced a swift and steep decline in support among white Americans—from 61 percent in 2009 to 33 percent now. I believe much of that decline can be attributed to their disappointment that choosing a black man for president did not prove to be salvific for them or the nation. [Yeah. I mean, it's not like Obama ran, as the transformational candidate of "hope" and "change"] His record is, at the very least, comparable to that of President Clinton, who was enthusiastically re-elected. The 2012 election is a test of whether Obama will be held to standards never before imposed on an incumbent. If he is, it may be possible [Weasel alert!] to read that result as the triumph of a more subtle form of racism.

So subtle it doesn't exist.


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Submitted by jest on

Like, really.

The sight of her name alone drives me into a fit of rage.

What a fucking dumb ass.

(And BTW, I'm black, so I don't need anyone talking to me about my hating that high yellow POS in the oval office b/c I'm "racist." Assholes.)

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Submitted by Joe on

I'm white and I don't appreciate people calling me a racist either.

By the way, I find that the response, "Obama is the one [bombing/assassinating] brown people in foreign countries, while I completely oppose those policies" is pretty effective at batting down accusation of racism.

Finally, I find it interesting that Harris-Perry can write an article about why white liberals have begun moving away from Obama without actually, you know, asking any of them. This professor doesn't like doing homework.

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Submitted by Joe on

lambert - typo here:

[Yeah. I mean, it's not like Obama ran, as a transformational c

something happpened to the rest of it.

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Submitted by The Other Elizabeff on

Since when is insulting the voters a winning strategy?

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Submitted by Aeryl on

If by "worked" you mean got a pointless candidate elected to do absolutely pointless things for the working class.

Submitted by jawbone on

Clinton -- in regard to blacks not demonstrating for jobs, better conditions, etc. It's because they know that under an R president, no matter who, they'll get an even worse outcome.

So, even tho' 10% unemployment would be an improvement for them as black unemployment is to much higher, they're not going to protest Obama because he's a "Democrat." [Acting like a Republican, which she does not mention.]

Then she said blacks supported Clinton because he was a D prez. No mention that under Clinton even the lowest earners and highest unemployed groups saw an increase in earnings and employment.

She was on to discuss her new book, Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America. Audio soon, no transcript; a summary later.