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Monday, October 3. 2011
The Washington Post is usually a little more careful than the New York Times about blatant bias, but its racism hit-job on Governor Perry sinks to a low, at least so far for this election cycle. Perry is supposed to be responsible for the old slur on a rock at a hunting camp rented by his father, which Perry says his father painted over as soon as they rented the camp.
Porky Pig at his worst would call it “wacism.” That’s the words war crossed with racism, as the last refuge of scoundrels out to wage media war to save President Obama’s re-election.
It takes the Texas Tribune to set matters in perspective, doing the job the big city boys wouldn't:
Those on the Left, as expected, trumpeted the WaPo’s Wacism hit-piece. Those on the Right who went along, to bolster their alternative candidate or out of laziness or to kiss a** in their NYC-DC cocoon, have not only hurt their own credibility but also Republican chances of recovering Washington. Way to go, weasily wascals.
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Not that it's even relevant; but, niggerhead is a black-eyed susan flower.
These are not people who care about whether the charge is true. They care about winning.
I disagree, AVI. They care less about winning than they do about destroying something (or someone).
Sadly, Cain seemed to pile on. I am SO tired of somebody who has some brush with a racial innuendo (and quite often, that's not even required) get tarred with a raciest label while the New Black Panther Party, Palestinians, and other REAL racists are never called to account.
When former Sen. Robert Byrd (who at one time had a leadership role in the KKK) talked about "white niggers", was there any notice by ANYBODY?
The entire idea is to smear someone. It's no surprise that it is the WaPo (certainly with the NYT close behind).
Romney piled on too. Of course, Romney is a calculating ass wipe so it was to be expected. Cain is a guy who tends to shoot his mouth off before ascertaining the facts, perhaps he can learn better. Romney is probably incurable.
Agreed. That Romney piled on too is not a surprise for the reasons you gave.
WaPo obviously knows nothing about the multiple hills, passes, etc. that line the way from the Atlantic through North Carolina, through Tennesse (The Gateway to the West) to destinations settled by those pioneers. Nor do they know how to do research and editing. Obviously, if they did, they would have vetted Obama better.
I believe Cain said this morning that he was referring to the word and not Perry.
This is just the beginning of nasty, nasty MSM coverage.
As I have said before, I have lived in Texas my whole life. So I have been here for Perry's decade plus in office as our governor.
I am not really enthusiastic about his performance as our governor, and I have made it clear he is not my first choice to be president after next November. I find Perry to be calculating, political and not as interested in the business of running a government as he should be.
I think that he has taken grandstanding positions (not paying enough attention to the game on the field, but looking up into the grandstand during a game to see who is watching him...pretty much how Alex Rodriguez plays baseball in real life) on secession, immigration, health care and others while governor of Texas.
But I don't think ANYONE has seriously accused Perry of racism in those years. The things he has done both right AND wrong have affected all of us regardless of skin color. Some race huckster like Sharpton or Jackson might have accused him of being a racist for appointing less than 100% black judges or some tripe like that. But nobody who matters has thrown the charge.
For those of you who don't know Texas politics, Rodney Ellis is no friend of conservatives. He an inner city liberal is always harping on perceived misjustices to his race. So when Ellis defends Perry it should carry enormous weight.
I think that Cain and Romney are grasping at this straw to try to make points with those voters who don't really follow the truth, but blow with the fickle winds of the sound bites.
If we are looking to discredit racists, we should reexamine our commander in chief, who blatantly assumed that a friend of his was right in accusing an officer of racism regardless of the facts. Jumping to conclusions about race without finding out the truth first? Sounds like racism to me.
Then we could dig into our VP's past. Wasn't it Bonehead Biden who said that Obama was our "first clean, well-spoken black candidate"... or something like that? If some Republican had said that about The Chosen One, he would have been drummed out of Washington long ago. But Biden gets a pass.
So let's move on. Perry has warts, and we will spend about 1000 times more attention on those faults than we did in 2008 on Obama's faults.
But Perry isn't a racist.
Small, repulsive, note of irony --according to some (including James Rosen of Fox who wrote a book on the subject: http://www.bing.com/search?q=james+rosen+book+on+john+mitchell&form=IE8SRC&src=IE-SearchBox), that scandal of scandals, Watergate, was more or less cooked up in the WaPo office of heiress/publisher Katherine Graham, by Graham and Senator Ted Kennedy, with the express purpose from the get-go of bringing down the Nixon presidency --IOW, of nullifying the election of said Nixon.
Yesterday, Pajamas Media had an article at the top of their page titled, "Herman Cain Proves Conservatism Is Colorblind".
My reply in the comments:
Gee, talk about bad timing!
The news sites this morning are filled with a story of Cain playing the race card.
Outside a camp that Perry used to visit.
30 years ago.
From the article on MSNBC:
“My reaction is, that’s just very insensitive,” Cain told Fox. “[There] isn’t a more vile, negative word than the N-word, and for him to leave it there as long as he did, before I hear that they finally painted over it, is just plain insensitive to a lot of black people in this country.”
‘Longtime hunters, cowboys and ranchers said the place was known by the name as long as they could remember, the Post reported. The name on the rock was given to mountains, creeks and rock outcroppings across the country in earlier times, the Post report said.’
But don’t worry, everybody. According to this exceptionally ill-timed article, Herman Cain is “colorblind”.
Too bad his own words don’t back that up.
Focusing on the Washington Post article is looking in the wrong direction. The real story here is Herman Cain, and how much we like him because he gives great speeches and has a fun sense of humor -- only to see him turn into another Al Sharpton, eager to grab every racemongering tidbit that comes his way.
Like a rock.
Outside a camp that Perry used to visit.
30 long years ago.
Wow, that's just wonderful, mercury!
There's no reason in the world we should let those danged liberals throw charges of racism around at us whenever they get the urge! It's their fallback position to everything that ever happens in life, and it's BS.
No sirree, Bob, we just can't let them do it. And there's no NEED for them to do it, either.
Not so long as we have you here to quickly jump on a fellow Republican candidate (who's not your man, of course), and trumpet to the world that he's a racemonger.
Thanks, doc. Cain's not my choice either, but you help make it more and more likely that we'll render all of the Republican candidates unelectable by next November all by ourselves, without any help a'tall from those pesky Dems.
"The Washington Post is usually a little more careful than the New York Times about blatant bias..."
Not in the last few years. The VA governor's election in 2009 brought out their bias big time. They ran story after story about Bob McDonnell's thesis in college and ran nothing but praise for the Democratic challenger. People got tired of hearing about the past and ignored it.
out of laziness or to kiss a** in their NYC-DC cocoon, have not only hurt their own credibility
I'm not a Perry fan either - I think he's a mirror image of Bill Clinton - in short, the Republican version. However, this whole contretemps over a rock with a racial slur (I would love to argue that the "n-word" isn't a slur at all and that the negative connotation as "racial" is made up out of nothing more than the desire to start the racial identity wars - but this isn't the time or place) is an incredible blunt and offensive partisan attack.
By all accounts, including members of the opposition party in Texas, Rick Perry is not a racist and in fact could be seen as a civil rights advocate.
What amazes me is that the liberal establishment, while wholly disappointed in President Obama's administration, is still desperate to keep him in office. Clearly, Barack Obama is on the wrong side of history, has been and will probably be made victim to an enraged electorate who have had enough of him and his administration's attempts to remake America.
I just don't get it.
Leftists know that the sins of the grandfather (imperial officer) transfer through the father (kulak) to the son! It's in the blood, so sayeth Lin Biao and Chairman Mao and Stalin. If your father is a SOB then you're and SOB capitalist as well. Who are the Times and Post to question the ideology!
The word itself is so potent that it forever pollutes the soil where it was uttered--or painted--and those who walk thereon are inevitably and irretrievably evil.
That how it's supposed to work?
Honestly, though, I would have felt a strong impulse to paint it out if I had to see it often enough. It's an ugly word; it hurts me to hear it or read it.
Which is not to say that I think Perry's failure to paint the word out or boycott the location makes him any kind of racist. He clearly is not one, and these people are grasping at straws.
Someone should also checkout the time line on this matter. Perry was, I believe a DEMOCRAT until 1990. It appears that most of what happened in this matter happened while he had a "D" after his name. If this story is true, and if it is as serious as the WaPo says it is, isn't this a further reminder of the recent history of the Democratic Party of "Bull" Connor (D), Orval Eugene Faubus, (D), and others?
Yes, there was notice--I remember reading about it in the blogosphere. There was (can I say it?) a black-out in the MSM.
Mr. Magoo will be happy to read that, if he ever finds his glasses.
Hopefully Cain has learned a valuable lesson, that when the media hits any repub with a bad report about another repub, it might well be a biased hit piece. Basically he must realize that the MSM is out to get repubs anyway they can, and will ask him questions with embedded lies to do it. The only way to answer a question like that is to challenge the lying premise of the question, and to reserve your fire against other repubs until you have found out the facts yourself.
I have noticed that Gingrich has learned that lesson (after an early mistake where he unwisely joined an MSM attack against the Ryan plan), and now regularly challenges slanted MSM questions. Romney is too much of an opportunist to ever learn, as his demagaguery against Perry on social security has proved (I dont mind attacks on Perry on immigration, since there Perry actually IS wrong). I think Cain is teachable, and will give him a pass this time, but expect improvements in the future.