New York governor: If Obama loses, it’ll be because of racism

posted at 9:51 pm on July 17, 2008 by Allahpundit

I’m paraphrasing, but only a little. Like I said last month, the closer we get to Election Day the more it’ll be suggested that to even contest this election is to evince racism.

Governor Paterson, delivering a speech today at the NAACP’s 99th annual convention at Cincinnati, suggested that the defeat of Senator Obama in the presidential election would be a victory for racism in America…

“Can America reject the crucible of race that has dictated and pervaded all of our history to embrace an African American man who has the right polices for the next decade in this country? Can America overlook its past practices that were so grave that in 1820 the great Scottish Whig, Sydney Smith, writing in the Edinburgh Review, said of America: ‘How can they protest the tyrannies of Europe when they torture and brutalize one-sixth of its population?’ How can America get past this and elect an African-American president of the United States?” Mr. Paterson said.

He continued: “Can America go past the crippling way that we’ve shot ourselves in the foot over and over, denying opportunity to people who are bright, to people who are qualified, to people who are able because they didn’t look like us, or they didn’t come from where we came from, or they are from a different gender, or they are from the African continent? Can America push that away and find new leadership? We’ll find out in the next few months what America can do.”

If McCain really respected black people, he’d drop out. Link via Gateway Pundit, who notes the flip side of Paterson claiming that an Obama loss proves racism — namely, NAACP President Julian Bond recently reminding America that an Obama win doesn’t disprove racism. I.e. no matter how much better things get, they’re still awfully bad, which is why well-intended cartoons circa 2008 can still be semi-seriously compared to racial terrorism of the 1920s. Even by a woman whose own husband was a victim of racial terrorism himself.


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I’m not a racist, because I’m only voting against Obama’s white half.

BTW, Governor, aren’t you the same corrupt sleazebag who put one of his mistresses on the state payroll?

AZCoyote on July 18, 2008 at 8:08 AM

I’m voting against his angry, seething wife.

Alden Pyle on July 18, 2008 at 8:12 AM

I could vote for “an African American man who has the right polices for the next decade in this country”, it is Obama I am unable to vote for.

Pat in NC on July 18, 2008 at 8:31 AM

When a poitician has the morals of an alley cat like the governor of New York, his judgement using the race card to elect someone is despicable. Who in their right mind would listen to ramblings of what has been proven to be human trash?

volsense on July 18, 2008 at 9:03 AM

Burn baby, burn!

Akzed on July 18, 2008 at 9:07 AM

Michael Steele

If McCain chooses him as VP, the libs will say he’s Rochester to McCain’s Jack Benny.

jgapinoy on July 18, 2008 at 9:14 AM

Burn baby, burn!

Akzed on July 18, 2008 at 9:07 AM

Obama supporters are already thugging Hillary supporters and torching their property. If you put a McCain sign in your yard, have cameras too.

Beto Ochoa on July 18, 2008 at 9:16 AM

Does this indicate that tired but true idea that one tends to project their own feeling onto everyone else?

jeanie on July 18, 2008 at 9:21 AM

Obama’s only HALFRICAN American

dm60462 on July 18, 2008 at 9:40 AM

Hussein isn’t an American. He’s a socialist, racist anti-American empty headed windbag.

dogsoldier on July 18, 2008 at 9:48 AM

If you put a McCain sign in your yard, have cameras

And MDSers will abuse drivers who have McC stickers, too. Cut-in-front-&-brake is their favorite tactic.

jgapinoy on July 18, 2008 at 9:53 AM

The likes of this cross-eyed Socialist disaster Paterson as governor of my state is repellent enough. The idea of this pathetic hack issuing hate-speech statements like this is grounds for some of that “Social Justice” his side rails about – directed at HIM.

Apart from taxing internet sales in the name of alleged “fairness”, what has Governor Magoo done??

Spanglemaker on July 18, 2008 at 9:56 AM

Sadly, nearly two years ago, when a friend asked me who I thought would be the next president, I somewhat sarcastically replied “I hope it’s Obama, so we don’t have to hear about how racist we are every day in the news if he doesn’t win.”

The friend reminded me of this the other day in his disgust for the daily discussion of race in the news.

cntrlfrk on July 18, 2008 at 10:00 AM

Spanglemaker

Insulting someone based on a disability is the Kossacks’ job.
There are plenty of faults with Paterson’s politics to address.

jgapinoy on July 18, 2008 at 10:07 AM

These kind of race based ultimatums are stupid. What an idiot.

If Obama loses it’s because he will be seen as marginally less competent than McCain. This ain’t gonna be a landslide for either – just a fumbly limp to the finish line with America sick to death of the whole ugly campaign.

Dave Rywall on July 18, 2008 at 10:24 AM

No, I’m voting against him because he’s a Marxist. Color doen’t have anything to do with it….

adamsmith on July 18, 2008 at 10:31 AM

If Obama loses it’s because he will be seen as marginally less competent than McCain.

Dave Rywall on July 18, 2008 at 10:24 AM

Dave I think you’ll agree that the Dems seem to have every electoral advantage and momentum over the last two years. If Obama loses, it will be because he will be seen as remarkably less competent than McCain, imo. Marginally less, and he still wins.

Jaibones on July 18, 2008 at 11:00 AM

And to think that he sanctimoniously used to preach about how his candidacy wasn’t about ‘race’ but about ‘hope’ for the future blah blah blah. A disgusting liar and fraud. He knew all-too-well that the racial drumbeat would be maintained by his proxies, disciples and numbskull congregation.

His entire candidacy has been floated on a seething undercurrent of ‘race’ and nothing more.

If elected, America (as the Founding Fathers envisioned it) will lurch into its final death throes.

LimeyGeek on July 18, 2008 at 11:08 AM

If he loses, it will be because of patriotism.

If he wins, it will be because of communism.

TheSitRep on July 18, 2008 at 12:39 PM

Where does it end? Are we then racists if we don’t vote him to a second term?

m0nkeyb0y on July 18, 2008 at 12:39 PM

Riiiiiiiiiiiiight it’s always racist when a black man dosent get his way. What a bunch of CRAP.

He will loose ( I hope ) because he’s a Marxist who will try to turn this country in to EUROPE.JR.

tx2654 on July 18, 2008 at 12:43 PM

m0nkeyb0y on July 18, 2008 at 12:39 PM

Since approx 12% of the public are black, Obama should receive no more than 12% of the vote, else it would be disproportionate. Isn’t that how it works?

LimeyGeek on July 18, 2008 at 12:43 PM

I guess Patterson is not color blind.

RobCon on July 18, 2008 at 1:15 PM

It is about color, barry is a pinko.

peacenprosperity on July 18, 2008 at 2:39 PM

This whole thing has been very damaging to race relations. Right now if I get the name, I feel I might as well play the game. The racist label has no effect on me whatsoever, and actually it shouldn’t on any White people. Sticks and stones…..

UnEasyRider on July 18, 2008 at 3:01 PM

Following various links from the top, I arrived at this page:

http://blog.pumapac.org/2008/07/18/our-disappeared-votes-eighteen-million-up-in-smoke/#comment-55485

It seems to be saying that they will not even have a nominating and voting process which will have Hillary on the ballot. Is this true? How can they get away with that? That was going to be the best part of the convention to watch. I was hoping to see a real challenge on the floor. If they do this and do not even allow the delegates to actually vote for Hillary who are sworn to vote for Hillary, but simply crown Obama, thereby removing the facade of even any bit of democracy in the democratic party, they will be sealing their doom.

Mark my words. McCain by at least 60 electoral votes in November.

Theophile on July 18, 2008 at 3:02 PM

Continue to pimp that line is going to be a loser.

/just saying

Sir Napsalot on July 18, 2008 at 3:06 PM

If Obama loses, it’ll be because of racism

I AGREE!

Affirmative Action should also apply to the election of the President of the United States, and the elections of any and all minority candidates running for any and all elected public servant positions. It should not be mandated only to the private sector. We need more minorities in government whether they’re qualified or not.

It shouldn’t matter that just 3.75 years ago, Barack Hussein Obama HIMSELF said he was not qualified to run for President in 2008.

It shouldn’t matter if Obama isn’t qualified to run our entire country with his paltry 3.75 years of nothing significantly accomplished US Senatorial service.

It shouldn’t matter that Obama missed over 40% of his votes in the Senate, and if one examines the votes he has missed, they actually are politically risky and require moral courage, and that he voted “present” 130 times in the Illinois State Legislature and voted “wrong” six times, i.e., he said “oops, I accidentally pressed the wrong button” — so either he is incapable of multitasking, or he is dishonest and just making choices for political expediency.

It shouldn’t matter that if you listen to a Barack Obama speech that you’re likely to hear the word “change” spoken dozens, if not hundreds, of times, but he never gives specifics on how he’d change… anything. Be it social security, health care, the War on Terror or any other important issue facing this country. It shouldn’t matter that Obama fails to give specifics for his recipe of “change.”

It shouldn’t matter that his rhetoric is like a ninja, bending like the reed in whichever way the winds are blowing.

It shouldn’t matter that his 20+ years devoted association with, and mentoring by, a true America hating racist church and its preacher came to a sudden end only once the true intense level of hate for America and caucasians by that preacher and his church came to light, and he lied about his knowledge of the contents of that preachers sermons, then throws the church under the bus when it becomes politically critical for him to do so.

It shouldn’t matter that he is so naive and blinded by pandering liberalism that he would immediately sit down and meet in person with the most vile and murderous of the worlds leaders without preconditions if he is elected.

It should not matter that he already has numerous associations with scandalous public figures, some of whom are facing real prison time for their actions, people like Tony Rezko and ex-terrorist Bill Ayers.

It shouldn’t matter that his closest allies are America hating defeatists like Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and John Murtha. It shouldn’t matter that his closest advisor on foreign policy appears to be retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark.

It shouldn’t matter that “Barry” spent his youth, and most important formative years, getting high smoking pakalolo and snorting coke with his ‘Choom Gang’. Well, at least he admits he inhaled.

…Etcetera Ad Nauseum

It shouldn’t matter that there are countless reasons why Barack “Barry” Hussein Obama is not qualified to be elected as President of the United States.

All that matters is the black half of Barack Hussein Obama is more prevalent than his caucasian half, therefore, anyone and everyone who doesn’t vote for him must be, HAS TO BE, racist.

SilverStar830 on July 18, 2008 at 3:16 PM

Seriously, can the Democrats make it where they do not have Clinton’s name even as an option for the vote?

Theophile on July 18, 2008 at 5:45 PM

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