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The Best Thing About The Election — Besides Obama Winning — Is We Don’t Have To Hear From These Idiots Anymore
I had a bit of a revelation yesterday when thinking about President Obama’s re-election. Of course I’m super excited to call Barack Obama my president for another four years — and you know control my own vayjayjay without Republican oversight — put there is something equally exciting about this re-election that has nothing to do with him. We will no longer have to hear from the ignorant characters who showed their you know what’s this election season.
Between random endorsements, trying to hold the president for ransom, and making the case for legitimate rapes, by the time November 6 came around, most of us couldn’t wait for the entire electoral process to be over just so we wouldn’t have to see or hear from these fools who will now be disappearing into conservative oblivion anymore. Let’s take one last look at them shall we?
It’s no secret white Republicans only care about black folks when it’s time to vote. Every election season you know there is going to be a random white man sitting in the back of your church looking out of place. Then the preacher steps to the pulpit with a: “We have a very special guest today. Representative/Congressman/Senator So-and-so is here and he wants to tell us about x, y, z,” i.e. himself — and then after the election season is over you never see the man again.
I’ve grown accustomed to this sad tradition, but this year it seems the Grand Old Party is kicking that reach-out-to-the-black-people thing into over drive. And oddly they are playing the race card to do it. Right wingnut Ann Coulter, for instance, has been bending over backwards to defend black conservative Herman Cain during his sexual harassment crisis. Proudly, she has remarked — in public — that her blacks, meaning Republicans, are more impressive than their blacks, meaning Democrats, spurring her crusade against what she calls the “high-tech lynching” of Cain regarding the sexual harassment allegations against him. The Daily News has the details on her bizarre reasoning:
“Our blacks are so much better than their blacks,” Coulter told Fox News. “To become a black Republican, you don’t just roll into it. You’re not going with the flow. You have fought against probably your family members, probably your neighbors, you have thought everything out and that’s why we have very impressive blacks in our party.”
HLN’s Joy Behar questioned Coulter’s remarks on Tuesday evening, asking if she believed “all the African Americans who are Democrats are stupid?”
“No,” a testy Coulter answered. “I’m saying Google Maxine Waters, Cynthia McKinney, John Conyers, and then Google Allen West, Michael Steele or Herman Cain. … Ours are more impressive. There’s no question about it.”
If you ever thought black people overplay the race card, these statements are evidence that the GOP is about to put us all to shame. Even Rush Limbaugh of all people has taken a stance against the “racism” he says is being hurled at Cain, having the nerve to ask the public, “What’s next, folks? A cartoon on MSNBC showing Herman Cain with huge lips eating a watermelon? What are they gonna do next?” He’s is really one to talk. (If you need a reminder of all of Rush Limbaugh’s many racist statements, check out NewsOne’s list of gems.)
And let us not forget the race-baiting fairy godmother of all who started this whole trend, Michele Bachmann. I don’t know how she sleeps at night tossing and turning over how President Obama has failed us as black people, who were so much better off during slavery.
I have to wonder if Bachmann and Coulter could get away with these antics if they were men. Even Limbaugh could not go that far.
I just want the GOP to get real. Has anyone seen Michael Steele since Obama won the election three years ago? I know they’ve got Herman now, but does he, or anyone else, really think his party will care about him after he fails to win the nomination?
I have enjoyed watching a group of people who’ve used words like “tar baby” and “boy” to refer to the leader of our nation suddenly become so outraged over a few questionable allegations being investigated about one of their own, who is black by political design. I’ll actually be kind of sad after November 2012, when we will likely see pigs fly before you see another GOP member try to advocate for the black community. It just shows their hypocrisy in using race — and using Herman Cane’s race — to make the party seem more interested in the black community. We will seldom have such obvious evidence that they are more interested in political maneuvering.
What do you think about all this racial pomp and circumstance from the GOP? Are you angered by their playing the race card or do you even pay it any mind?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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(Eurweb) — Michael Steele is now on the payroll of MSNBC and TheRoot. The former Republican National Committee Chairman, whose rocky two-year reign ended earlier this year, has been hired by MSNBC as a political analyst, and also TheRoot.com as a contributing editor. The website’s executive editor Joel Dreyfuss says Steele’s addition simply reinforces its original goal — to represent “a multiplicity of black views.”
(Baltimore Sun) — Former Republican Committee chairman Michael Steele, who has been shopping himself to the cable TV channels several months, finally landed a regular job as analyst on the liberal MSNBC. MSNBC has been struggling in recent months in the wake of Keith Olbermann’s departure and what looks to be an attempt by the new Comcast owners to the make the channel less strident in its liberal bias.
(The Grio) — Michael Steele, now the former chairmen of the Republican National Committee, sat down with theGrio’s Mara Schiavocampo this week. Just a few months after the Republicans retook control of the House, Steele was pushed out of power by his own party and replaced by Reince Priebus. Making light of the situation, Steele has made his rounds on the media circuit, even appearing on The Daily Showto square off with a puppet version of himself. Steele sat down with Schiavocampo to talk about his legacy as RNCchair, his relationship (or lack thereof) with President Obama, and who’s to blame for the financial woes of the party.
(The Root) — On Friday, after two years in office, Michael Steele was beaten handily in his bid for a second term atop the Republican National Committee. Steele, the former lieutenant governor of Maryland, became the first African American to chair the RNC, occasionally with disastrous consequences: His verbal and behavioral gaffes were infamous and numerous — who can forget his hip-hop poses with GOP interns? — and it was he who oversaw the staffer who spent nearly $2,000 of RNC money at a West Hollywood burlesque bar. Things got so bad that, toward the end of Steele’s tenure, major donors abandoned the RNC en masse, leaving the organization tens of millions of dollars in debt and seriously calling into question Steele’s ability to do his most important job: raise money.
(AP) — Embattled GOP Chairman Michael Steele dropped his re-election bid Friday amid declining support as the Republican National Committee, coming off huge election victories but facing a $22 million debt and an internal war over the party’s identity, voted to elect a new chairman. ”I will step aside because I think the party is ready for something different,” Steele told the 168-member committee after losing ground over four rounds of balloting. He endorsed challenger Maria Cino, a longtime GOP operative, and called for the party to be unified as it seeks to topple President Barack Obama in 2012.
(Daily Beast) — As the first black Republican chairman’s term draws to a close, other black Republicans are offering mixed reviews of his gaffe-filled reign and the effect it will have on recruiting more African Americans to the GOP if he is not re-elected. Raynard Jackson, a black GOP strategist and friend of Steele, says the chairman should be judged on how victorious the Republicans were in November and nothing else, but criticized Steele for not reaching out to black conservatives, a more important part of his administration. He said Steele made no serious efforts at reaching out, so not having him as head of the party won’t affect more blacks from joining the GOP. “The problem is within the white structure within the Republican Party,” Jackson said. “People on the committee that I’ve talked to over the past few years in private conversations—and even elected officials—they were very careful of how they criticized Michael and, they won’t admit this, but because of his race.”
(AP) — Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele’s bid for re-election looks in serious doubt, but it’s not clear which of his rivals has a clear advantage heading into balloting. Steele sought support from his party’s members on Thursday after a gaffe-filled and costly two years. Four challengers campaigned to replace him in an unpredictable race to lead the party into the 2012 presidential and congressional campaigns.
(Washington Post) — Michael Steele, the embattled chairman of the Republican National Committee, defended his record Monday at a forum with four rivals who charged him with mismanagement and said the committee faces a major task of rebuilding its finances and credibility. Steele was unapologetic through most of the 90-minute session. He pointed to the 2010 midterm elections, in which Republicans made major gains, including a takeover of the House. ”My record stands for itself,” he said. “We won. I was asked to win elections. I was asked to raise money – $192 million over the last two years. We won. The fact that we’re here right now celebrating that win, I think, says a lot about the record.”