I walk away from the Internet for one weekend and it’s International Race Fail Weekend, turns out. These things are never on the calendar.
Blagojevich, referring to the president as “this guy,” says Obama was elected based simply on hope.
the (expletive)? Everything he’s saying’s on the teleprompter,”
Blagojevich told the magazine for a story in its February issue, which
hits newsstands Jan. 19.
“I’m blacker than
Barack Obama. I shined shoes. I grew up in a five-room apartment. My
father had a little laundromat in a black community not far from where
we lived,” Blagojevich said. “I saw it all growing up.”
The White House refused to comment.
WELL I HOPE SO GODDAMN. Governor Flowbee is pretty much opening shows for Tonya Harding these days, so I would hope the White House doesn’t feel compelled to comment on what every Q-list dipshit thinks about how they’re doing.
Next up, Josh on Harry on Obama:
Two things in tandem ended Lott’s career in the senate leadership.
First, Lott had a long history of support for and association with
segregationist and white supremacist groups in the South. Not in some
distant past but in the year’s just before his downfall. (He was also a
staunch opponent of virtually all civil rights legislation. But that
actually didn’t distinguish him that much for many other Southern
Republicans of his generation.) To a lot of us at the time it was
always a bit of a mystery how someone with his record could have risen
as high as he had. This was all widely known in Washington, DC but it
was by common agreement overlooked and excused. (In many ways, because
of this, it was a scandal of official Washington — as much as Lott.)
Then one day, Lott said this remarkable thing — if only the
candidate of segregation (Strom Thurmond) had been elected president in
1948, we’d have avoided all the problems we’ve had in recent decades.
Most other politicians could have walked away from this remark with
the claim that they just hadn’t thought through the implications of the
statement. The problem for Lott was that almost everything from his
past suggested that he knew the implications exactly and believed them
deeply. To put it more baldly, too many past statements and actions
made it clear he was a supporter of white supremacist politics and
segregation. Suddenly what official Washington had always ignored was
open to intense scrutiny and his days were numbered.
Folks can make an argument for Reid’s punishment on its own terms; but the Lott analogy is laughable.
Nah, a better analogy would actually beBill O’Reilly and his motherfucking iced tea:
During the September
19 edition of his nationally syndicated radio program, discussing his recent
trip to have dinner with Rev. Al Sharpton atSylvia’s, a famous restaurant in
Harlem, Bill O’Reilly reported
that he “had a great time, and all the people up there are tremendously
respectful,” adding: “I couldn’t get over the fact that there was no difference
between Sylvia’s restaurant and any other restaurant in New York City. I mean,
it was exactly the same, even though it’s run by blacks, primarily black
patronship.” Later, during a discussion with National Public Radio senior
correspondent and Fox News contributor Juan Williams about the effect of rap on
culture, O’Reilly asserted: “There wasn’t one person in Sylvia’s who was
screaming, ‘M-Fer, I want more iced tea.’ You know, I mean, everybody was — it
was like going into an Italian restaurant in an all-white suburb in the sense of
people were sitting there, and they were ordering and having fun. And there
wasn’t any kind of craziness at all.”
Seriously, what Reid actually said was that Obama didn’t look or talk like some ghetto trash so white people wouldn’t be freaked by his presence on their TVs, and maybe once Obama’s two terms are up, Flavor Flav can take over now that the crackers have come around. Which strikes me more as a comment about white folks than it does about black folks, but what the fuck do I know, if I was any more Caucasian I’d be transparent, so naturally I’m seeing this as a comment about how my race is dumb as hell.
I tend to agree withthis Balloon Juice commenter:
Considering the average age of the members of the house and senate is
150, I’m not surprised by this kind of talk as stupid as it is.
FOR SERIOUS THESE PEOPLE ARE OLD AS FUCK. Old, and rich, and not very bright, and privileged, and not so much with the living of the lives of their constituents. I don’t think it diminishes very real racism among our elected officials to say there’s also a very real and very serious amount of stupidity to contend with on top of it.