Race-baiting ad of the day: Democrat compares opponent to Klansman

posted at 1:05 pm on August 4, 2008 by Allahpundit

Of what vile sin could this Republican brute be guilty? Did he display a photo, perhaps, of Barack Obama talking to a white woman, along the same lines as the dozen examples to be found on Obama’s own website? Not exactly. Playing the role of the conservative is liberal Democrat Steve Cohen, who represents a majority minority district in Memphis, endorsed Obama before Super Tuesday, introduced the resolution formally apologizing for slavery that recently passed the House, and last year tried to join the Congressional Black Caucus before being rejected on account of insufficient pigmentation. Here’s what he gets for his effort. The one consolation this past week in the playing of “the racist card” on McCain is that, in a way, it’s not really personal. Certainly the left will be quicker to play it on conservatives, but when there’s advantage to be had, no one is safe. (Which is always true of witch hunts, needless to say.) Not even the first black president. Exit question: If even the editor of a magazine as deep in the tank for Obama as Newsweek thinks southern voters “just ain’t that different anymore,” what’s David Gergen’s next move?


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Hoodlumman on August 4, 2008 at 1:10 PM

I know we’re supposed to disagree without being disagreeable and all that but I just hate “liberals”. This is a great example of why.

D0WNT0WN on August 4, 2008 at 1:11 PM

Cohen is Jewish, right? And they’re trying to link him to the KKK? I didn’t think the klan accepted such applicants.

forest on August 4, 2008 at 1:13 PM

Absolutely D0WNT0WN. Couldn’t agree more.

wise_man on August 4, 2008 at 1:13 PM

I think it’s just wonderful that demoncr*ps continue to eat their own. Where is the Republican running in this race. This should be his clarion call night and day. Who is racist? The demoncr*ps are.

TimothyJ on August 4, 2008 at 1:14 PM

Bob Herbert was unavailable for comment.

JammieWearingFool on August 4, 2008 at 1:14 PM

Ths IS Obama’s vision for America. Dissent, even among your own party, is met with hate. Change? No. Several steps backwards toward the Dark Ages.

Who will Obama appoint as his Torquemada?

coldwarrior on August 4, 2008 at 1:15 PM

I can think of exactly one thing wrong with that theory:

COHEN!!!

mjk on August 4, 2008 at 1:15 PM

I found the original ad here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVIhA7-csao

Watch it while it’s still up!

Funny, I wouldn’t think there would be a lot of Cohens at a typical Klan meeting…

Exurban Jon on August 4, 2008 at 1:16 PM

Why doesn’t Tinker at least take solace with the knowledge that this statue she despises so much is a natural frequent target of every pigeon residing around the park?

pilamaye on August 4, 2008 at 1:23 PM

The response should be pictures of Sen. Byrd in full Kleagle gear. And it should be labled “In response to…” with no sound. Just pictures of him dressed up in his KKKleagle Klown outfit with (D) Sen. Robert Byrd titled under it.

foxforce91 on August 4, 2008 at 1:25 PM

Funny, I wouldn’t think there would be a lot of Cohens at a typical Klan meeting…

Exurban Jon on August 4, 2008 at 1:16 PM

You’re getting confused with Kahn meetings.

Shy Guy on August 4, 2008 at 1:26 PM

The ad doesn’t call Cohen a Klansman. The ad attacks Cohen for allegedly being the only vote against renaming a park, and simply emphasizes that the park’s current namesake was a racist. So, it’s essentially saying Cohen is racially insensitive. Given Cohen’s other positions, that strikes me as a below the belt attack – but they are not calling Cohen a Klansman.

Outlander on August 4, 2008 at 1:30 PM

Thanks to the Democrats, one industry in America is making record profits.

The Race Card industry.

They’re flying off of the shelves over at the DNC.

A 52 card pack lasts what, a day?

NoDonkey on August 4, 2008 at 1:30 PM

I LOVE it!

Dems calling a guy with a Jewish name a defender of the KKK.

RobertInAustin on August 4, 2008 at 1:36 PM

Is Nikki Tinker related to this
Tinker

when in doubt whip the race card out

Mojack420 on August 4, 2008 at 1:43 PM

NoDonkey on August 4, 2008 at 1:30 PM

I hear they are going for the double Pinochle decks next .
They cant make it through the day on just 52 cards.

Mojack420 on August 4, 2008 at 1:46 PM

Calling HA’s commenter Sydney Carton for a “stupidity” check of liberalism.

Entelechy on August 4, 2008 at 1:47 PM

I’ve listened to this guy opine on CSPAN. He is a bit long-winded but not a racist. He actually seems like a pretty nice guy and relatively “sensitive” to typically liberal ideas about race.

We’re sorry, this video your brain is no longer available.”
Hoodlumman on August 4, 2008 at 1:10 PM

The Race Card on August 4, 2008 at 1:48 PM

Mojack420 – Or how about the huge 5 deck stashes they use for casino blackjack.

The best Race Card dealer shall lead us. How inspiring, Democrats.

NoDonkey on August 4, 2008 at 1:58 PM

Ah, Memphis. I expect that district will have a brand new, firebreathing race baiter representative this November. Maybe Cohen has one more term, but that’ll be it.

funky chicken on August 4, 2008 at 2:05 PM

revisionist history, didn’t George Orwell, point this out?

Dr Evil on August 4, 2008 at 2:13 PM

Another example of Dems playing the race card and it’s not even a real issue. You notice that the Black mayor and the city council didn’t even take up the issue because they agreed with Cohn! Yea, what about Robert Byrd, how come he is so conveniently forgotten whenever the KKK is mentioned.

flytier on August 4, 2008 at 2:27 PM

What did Senator Byrd(D-WV) have to say about these outrageous ties to the KKK?

brtex on August 4, 2008 at 2:44 PM

Race-baiting ad of the day: Democrat compares opponent to Klansman

Nothing new folks. When the opposition gets so desperate, that they have to play the race card, it then automatically brings the vermin out from crevices, and from under rocks. The Jesse Jackson’s, Al Sharpton’s, wrong Rev. Wright’s, and yes, the self proclaimed, all mighty, holy one himself… St. Biraq, are pathetic race baiters. They spake their trade yesterday, did it again today, and will do their dirty work again tomorrow.

Before the truth finally comes out on this false prophet, we can expect more accusations of “white guilt,” and more spread of “audacity of hopelessness.” But the truth will eventually come out!

byteshredder on August 4, 2008 at 3:00 PM

Tinker ad links Cohen to KKK.

Fail.

spmat on August 4, 2008 at 3:19 PM

Is this Blue on Blue?

LOL

Black Adam on August 4, 2008 at 3:24 PM

This just proves that when you choose to pander to the lowest instincts of your constituency (i.e. Cohen’s Congressional slavery “apology”) to prove your creds, you’ll just encourage someone who’s willing to take the debate even deeper into the sewer (Tinker).

Nichevo on August 4, 2008 at 3:28 PM

The Ministry of Truth (or Minitrue, in Newspeak) is one of the four ministries that govern Oceania in George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. As with the other Ministries in the novel, the Ministry of Truth is a misnomer and in reality serves an opposing purpose to that which its name would imply, being responsible for the falsification of historical events; and yet is aptly named in a deeper sense, in that it creates/manufactures “truth” in the newspeak sense of the word.

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When you don’t like something about history, the answer is to learn from it. Not wipe out proof of the existence of said History. History being used for Politics. We don’t like our history it offends us, lets remove it? Really? I think people learn from bad examples as well as good examples. I don’t think people understand the scope of these movements to erase or change the perception of history. It looks like minority pandering but the left has inflitrated communities based on class warfare, Insidious. Carried out under the guise of “Entitlement” really, and how do we decide which human’s history is entitled to what?

Our Founders not so Great according to the Left so we will re write their history’s too, take a look at what kind of text books are being produced and used.

Dr Evil on August 4, 2008 at 3:30 PM

Our Founders not so Great according to the Left so we will re write their history’s too, take a look at what kind of text books are being produced and used.
Dr Evil on August 4, 2008 at 3:30 PM

Such as this critique of the 2000 edition of McDougal Littell’s grade 11 anthology on American literature, a volume in one of the three leading anthology series for grades 7 to 12 in the country — a long read, but worth it, if you wonder what your high-schoolers might be learning.

Nichevo on August 4, 2008 at 3:51 PM

Democrats have always instilled hate in their supporters by using racism and class envy as a motivating factor. Now they have 95% of black voters in their corner. Is this racism? Of course it is and anyone who says different is delusional. They have to play the race card as they usually do in order to put caucasions on a guilt trip because Obama has no core. He flip flops constantly. He stands for nothing and at the same time stands for everything. If he was white, as Feraro said, this would not be happening. Is that racism? Of course it is, just by the democrats.

volsense on August 4, 2008 at 4:25 PM

Nichevo,

I remember watching one of the best debates by a student in the Fairfax County Virginia School system. Explaining why the Eurocentric model that was being used works. Fairfax Co.,Va., has some of the best schools. But that didn’t stop some people from trying some “stuff” out in the from of a 169 questionaire. This also brings up George W Bush and funding for more History being taught in American Schools.

“Those who don’t learn from History are doomed to repeat it”

http://www.eagleforum.org/psr/2003/mar03/psrmar03.shtml

Dr Evil on August 4, 2008 at 5:26 PM

General Forrest also was a leader in UNITING the races after the war, I guess Malcom X was allowed to change but not General Forrest. The proper response to these idiots is with historical accuracy. Forrest’s only act as the “leader of the Klan, he did not found it at all, was to DISBAND it!
Forrest was a complex man, and a great example of why history should be studied in total, and not in vague generalities.
One other note, Cohen voted against a move to change Confederate memorials, NOT JUST the Forrest memorial. The sad fact is this. Some people have been trying to destroy all Confederate monuments for years, they prefer erasing history, rather than teaching it it seems.

Gatordoug on August 4, 2008 at 10:01 PM

Like so much race-baiting, it’s not even based on truth. Yes, Forrest owned slaves, as did most in the South, including such men as Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. He also released slaves, who then fought under his command in the Confederate armies. He was also very proud of these released slaves, saying they were some of his best soldiers.

The KKK was not founded by Forrest, and was first aimed not at blacks, but at the Carpetbaggers who swept into the South after the war and used their position in the Reconstruction to despoil those who had property. The KKK unquestionably degenerated into a tool of oppression, and Forrest denounced the trend first, then tried to disband them.

And in spite of the fact that he was a general in the Confederacy, after the war Forrest was quite interested in reconciliation between the races. He was even given an award by a civil rights organization that was a predecessor to the NAACP.

For all his flaws, Forrest was way ahead of his time in his views on racial reconciliation.

theregoestheneighborhood on August 4, 2008 at 10:39 PM

theregoestheneighborhood on August 4, 2008 at 10:39 PM

Thanks for a bit of historical reality, this debate needs it.
I would point out that over 90% of Southerners were NOT slave owners though.

Gatordoug on August 4, 2008 at 10:55 PM