Video: Tennessee GOP links Obama to Kilpatrick

posted at 3:19 pm on August 13, 2008 by Allahpundit

The predictable reaction’s ensuing as we speak, in fact, as Politico presses Tennessee GOP spokesman Bill Hobbs for an explanation. Hobbs should have consulted his rulebook. Verdict: Racist. Sentence: A prominent mention in Peter Beinart’s next column.


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Well, it was given that it would be a racist ad, as it challenges the Obamessiah in any way. This is just brazen racism.

Right.

It's Vintage, Duh on August 13, 2008 at 3:23 PM

Is McCain going to repudiate this ad?

jencab on August 13, 2008 at 3:26 PM

*GASP* How dare they!?! /sarc

CP on August 13, 2008 at 3:26 PM

The media have to bring up race, because McCain is not, and this hurts their chosen candidate. The race issue is vital to Obama, as can be seen by his team’s pretending to want to hide it. Without the guilt factor, Obama has no chance in November.

Think_b4_speaking on August 13, 2008 at 3:28 PM

Facts do not matter. Submit to the “O”.

Right_of_Attila on August 13, 2008 at 3:28 PM

I live in suburban Detroit. Local radio news is reporting that Gov. Granholm, an Obama supporter, is being pressured by the Obama campaign to speed up the process by which the Michigan governor can remove an elected mayor. Kwame is a superdelegate pledged to Obama and the Obama campaign wants the scandal to be over yesterday, hence the pressure on Granholm.

So Kwame joins the krew under the bus.

rokemronnie on August 13, 2008 at 3:29 PM

At some point there will be more people under the bus than in it.

Akzed on August 13, 2008 at 3:30 PM

My gut reaction is that it’s racist, but I must confess that if some unethical white mayor introduced McCain at an event, McCain praised him as a great mayor, and the Democrats used that against McCain, I wouldn’t consider it reacist. So I don’t really have a good explanation for why given the same fact pattern but different races of the dramatis personae, my reaction is different.

radjah shelduck on August 13, 2008 at 3:31 PM

“This is not the Kwame Kilpatrick I thought I knew.”

Star20 on August 13, 2008 at 3:32 PM

Oh, for heaven’s sake!
If you show Barry with a white woman, it’s racist.
If you show Barry with a black woman, it’s racist.
If you show Barry with a white man, it’s racist.
If you show Barry with a black man, it’s racist.

I guess the only allowable depiction of Barry is by himself. As befits a messiah.

Kneel before Barry.

And remind me again, which party is obsessed with race?

Lurking Vet on August 13, 2008 at 3:33 PM

radjah shelduck on August 13, 2008 at 3:31 PM

Your reaction is different because you have been programmed to see racism when a Black person is involved.

Buford Gooch on August 13, 2008 at 3:35 PM

Yet another unsightly character for Obama to disown, even though disowning him would be like disowning his grandmother. I swear, I sometimes think (real) photos will show up with him and Khruschev trying on shoes together or something.

emailnuevo on August 13, 2008 at 3:36 PM

The only reason this has a tinge of racism is because we have become accustomed to expect ridiculous charges of racism. I didn’t see anything other than raising the question of 0′s judgement. What else is there here about race except to say that somehow Kilpatrick is not responsible for his actions because of white oppression?

pedestrian on August 13, 2008 at 3:37 PM

Beijing (TRC) – Black Man Hugging Event goes to the US. With thoughts of Bernie Mac surely in mind the US showed the world the why and how of Black Man Hugging.

Presidential hopeful Barack Obama powered through to a graceful victory with a 9.niggety9 — a score not seen since Bob Beamon made the world believe they were tripping LSD in ’68.

Disgraced and recently indicted Detroity “Hip-Hop” Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick represented proudly for his city despite their equally dour prospects for the future.

Kilpatrick left the floor in handcuffs with a score of 9.7.

Transcripts available via text message

The Race Card on August 13, 2008 at 3:37 PM

Kilpatrick? I thought he was Irish!

JammieWearingFool on August 13, 2008 at 3:40 PM

Don’t worry. I bet Team Barry has Keating 5 ads ready to go, too.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 13, 2008 at 3:42 PM

Keating 5? They don’t want to “go there”. If they do, we’ll start the communist/terrorist/radical association commercials.

marklmail on August 13, 2008 at 3:48 PM

How is this racist? They’re showing Obama embracing and characterizing as a “great mayor” a sleazy, dishonest, disgraced politician. If they had video of Obama hugging Elliot Spitzer and referring to him as a “great governor” does anybody think they wouldn’t use that too?

Sleaze-by-association isn’t racist. As we’ve seen all too often, sleazy politicians come in all colors (and both genders).

AZCoyote on August 13, 2008 at 3:49 PM

I’m offended that the ad was not ethnically balanced.

There should be criminals of other races in it.

How offensive.

madmonkphotog on August 13, 2008 at 3:51 PM

Obama promises to bring the Detroit miracle, to the rest of the country.

NoDonkey on August 13, 2008 at 3:51 PM

exactly. Control through poverty. Ruin economy through environmental religion.

marklmail on August 13, 2008 at 3:53 PM

The next President of these United States, Senator Barack Obama.

Ha. Kwame’s predictive powers are about as accurate as his testimony under oath in court.

AZCoyote on August 13, 2008 at 3:55 PM

What a farcical piece by Martin. Is it another attempt to connect Obama to a corrupt black big-city mayor? Of course it is, dumb shit; he is connected to him, as anyone can clearly see. He campaigned with him, recommended him to Detroit voters – those would be the same voters that Kilpatrick has been a$$-ending since the day he entered office – and is giving him the black-guy-shoulder-bump hug.

Maybe Martin could explain why Obama shouldn’t be connected with this maggot, or how this is racist?

Jaibones on August 13, 2008 at 3:59 PM

This ad would make sense in Michigan, and would be perfectly appropriate there. Tennessee? Not so much.

Buy Danish on August 13, 2008 at 4:00 PM

It’s a great ad. Let them call it racist — anyone with a functioning cerebral cortex will see that charge for what it is: the frantic flailing cry of a bedwetter.

D2Boston on August 13, 2008 at 4:01 PM

By the way, everyone with a functioning brain in Detroit – all 17 of them – have known what a drug-running, whoring, corrupt bum Kilpatrick is since he first ran for office.

Maybe Martin isn’t bright enough to search that information out. Clearly Obama isn’t bright enough – or was he just a racist, exploiting black Detroit partisan Democrats for support on a racial basis, even knowing that his sponsor was a criminal.

Jaibones on August 13, 2008 at 4:03 PM

This Beinart guy is a complete idiot and tool.

His article is full of blithely assumed falsehoods
“the McCain campaign brought up race (on the pretext that Obama had brought it up first).” and wilful misinterpretations
“A survey this year by CBS and the New York Times found that 94 percent of respondents would vote for a black presidential candidate. But when asked if “most people” would, the number dropped to 71 percent.” His implication here is not, as one might logically deduce, that people believe others to be more racist than themselves, but that in reality 23% lied when asked if they would vote for a black candidate. I.e. that the 94% are really only 71%. A very convenient assumption for his ensuing arguments of course.

Read the whole thing if you want to raise your blood pressure by 94%.

Aylios on August 13, 2008 at 4:03 PM

Tennessee? Not so much.

Buy Danish on August 13, 2008 at 4:00 PM

Really? Name me the jurisdictions where Bill Ayers ads will be “inappropriate”. Everywhere outside of California and D.C.?

Jaibones on August 13, 2008 at 4:04 PM

re the video’s decrying Kilpatrick…You think Oboama cares? This is how politicians have always been, will alwys be, are TAUGHT to be here in Obama’s training ground of Chicago. Hell, a South Side alderwoman pled guilty to federal fraud and extortion charges this week. She was the lover of a Gangster Disciples leader. This is everyday stuff where Obama comes from. What’s the big deal?

dm60462 on August 13, 2008 at 4:04 PM

Read the whole thing if you want to raise your blood pressure by 94%.

Aylios on August 13, 2008 at 4:03 PM

That doesn’t bother me, Aylios. I already knew Beinart is an imbecile.

Jaibones on August 13, 2008 at 4:05 PM

The only explanation I can find is:

It’s racist because really they could have picked one of Obama’s corrupt white cronies. Considering how many corrupt cronies the big O has, the fact that they picked a corrupt black crony means they’re playing the race card.

Totally pathetic no matter what spin one puts on it.

Aylios on August 13, 2008 at 4:07 PM

When Obama links McCain to Bush, is that racist?

MayBee on August 13, 2008 at 4:07 PM

I question the timing

urbancenturion on August 13, 2008 at 4:08 PM

Peter Beinart is another honky with oodles of white guilt; so much so that he won’t allow anyone to write to him to tell him he’s full of BS.
Yes, i would vote for a black man for president and I would also vote for a woman of any color, but they have to be qualified, sufficiently humble and patriotic. Neither Barry or Herself fit that bill. Colin Powell would but I have yet to find a woman right for the job.
As for Kwame, AZCoyote got it right. However, we know what barry will say: ‘That’s not the Kwame I knew’.

Christine on August 13, 2008 at 4:11 PM

Race will be central to this campaign because McCain needs it to be.

WTF?

Beinart is an a**hole.

Obama needs this to be about race.

He has nothing else.

drjohn on August 13, 2008 at 4:12 PM

She was the lover of a Gangster Disciples leader. This is everyday stuff where Obama comes from. What’s the big deal?

dm60462 on August 13, 2008 at 4:04 PM

When someone identifies her as an Obama supporter, or finds that he campaigned for her – Racist!

Jaibones on August 13, 2008 at 4:13 PM

The more this is about race, the more Obama loses. He can’t let that be the issue, as it would undermine everything else if it seems that that’s the primary attraction.

And did I mention he’s black?

drjohn on August 13, 2008 at 4:14 PM

Can someone explain how an ad without white women featured is racist?

BadgerHawk on August 13, 2008 at 4:17 PM

Help me with the Obama’s Crunchy Bunch Under the Bus?

Reverend Jeremiah Wright
Father Michael Pfleger
Dad
Grandma
FISA
Gun Rights/Joyce Foundation
public financing
NAFTA
DNC’s DC HQ
Birth Certificate
Che Guevera
Flag Pin
Townhall Meetings
Jim Johnson
Samantha Power
Baby Seal
Mike Klonsky, SDS Maoist, ex-O’blogger
Scarlett Johansson
Muslim women
Trinity United Church
Capitalism
Austan Goolsbee
Farrackan
Alice Palmer
William Ayers
Tony Rezko
Bernardine Dohrn
Hillary Clinton
Wesley Clark
Ludicris
Muslim outreach director, Mazen Asbahi
Kwame Kilpatrick

RushBaby on August 13, 2008 at 4:19 PM

Has McCain condemned this ad yet? If not, why not? We cannot allow ourselves to be tainted with partisan politics by explaining the difference between the candidates!

fourstringfuror on August 13, 2008 at 4:21 PM

I don’t understand why some people here would want McCain to repudiate this ad. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the ad.

Aylios on August 13, 2008 at 4:24 PM

That was a big ol’ bowl of sarcasm there, Aylios. I think McCain is an idiot for trying to go easy on Obama.

fourstringfuror on August 13, 2008 at 4:30 PM

Really? Name me the jurisdictions where Bill Ayers ads will be “inappropriate”. Everywhere outside of California and D.C.?

Jaibones on August 13, 2008 at 4:04 PM

Point taken, but I think this is a bit different. Everyone (including Barack Obama) knows about Bill Ayer’s/Bernadine Dohrn’s violent history, and what despicable, unrepentant scum they are. Despite their terrorist background Barry went to his house for a fund raiser, served with him on various boards and worked side by side with Ayers on the Annenberg Challenge.

Regarding Kwame, it all depends on when this video was made. Was it early in his term as mayor or was it after it became common knowledge what a corrupt, vile man he is?

I assume the ad is meant to show how poor Obama’s judgment is, which is a perfectly valid criticism, but that is not made clear in the ad. It needs to be more focused to connect the dots…

Buy Danish on August 13, 2008 at 4:33 PM

Ok, thanks for clearing that up 4string, you had me worried there lol :) That last sentence of yours was a bit too complex for me after a long hard day (it’s 10pm here).

Aylios on August 13, 2008 at 4:34 PM

Anytime. McCain makes a mockery of himself by acting like he’s not a politician and above partisan tactics. We all know he’s fundamentally flawed, but if he would just reconcile himself to that, he could play dirty politics like Obama is and win himself a few votes along the way. It won’t be pretty, but it’s the only way.

fourstringfuror on August 13, 2008 at 4:38 PM

Of course Obama embraced him– didn’t Christ embrace sinners? Obama was merely offering him redemption– the same redemption he offers you! And you! And you! Hallelujah!!!

morganfrost on August 13, 2008 at 4:50 PM

I assume the ad is meant to show how poor Obama’s judgment is, which is a perfectly valid criticism, but that is not made clear in the ad. It needs to be more focused to connect the dots…

Buy Danish on August 13, 2008 at 4:33 PM

It sounds like you want Republicans to make Obama’s apologia on his behalf. Why wouldn’t it be better to force Obama into making his own defense during which he will need to expressly distance himself from an ally and create disunity for himself?

Buddahpundit on August 13, 2008 at 5:03 PM

has the bus bottomed out yet with all the people thrown under it?

Mojack420 on August 13, 2008 at 5:15 PM

Nevermind the content of the ad. I wonder who it is that thinks the view wants to speedread Courier text on the screen while listening to a typewriter.

Kralizec on August 13, 2008 at 5:17 PM

How could that ad be racist? There weren’t any white women in it.

Enrique on August 13, 2008 at 5:19 PM

Yeah, why is it racist? Verdict: NOT RACIST.

leftnomore on August 13, 2008 at 5:33 PM

I’m more worried that the tennessee GOP can’t use anything better than windows movie maker for their ads. AWFUL producing on that ad.

disco on August 13, 2008 at 5:54 PM

RushBaby on August 13, 2008 at 4:19 PM

Crunchy Bunch!!

Nice!! There are a few people in that list that really need to remain under the bus…and have it back over them 3 or 4 times…

BigWyo on August 13, 2008 at 7:02 PM

I see some white light in the commercial which is a subliminal message the Obamuh wants to impregnate your White daughters.

SouthernGent on August 13, 2008 at 7:03 PM

Obama promises to bring the Detroit miracle, to the rest of the country.

I wish Sen. “O” would come out and say just that… the Michael Dukakis (Democratic presidential nominee in 1988) implied promise to “Do for America what I have done for Massachusetts” was very helpful; it enabled America quickly and clearly understand his plans for the nation. (Read: The American voters correctly interpreted it to mean “Do to America what I have done to Massachusetts”.)

Unfortunately, Barry hasn’t been around long enough to have a glaringly dismal record; he’s merely an empty suit, chock-full of divisive rhetoric with the obvious propensity to destroy the nation’s economy and invite attacks on us and free nations everywhere.

electric-rascal on August 13, 2008 at 9:06 PM

Buy Danish on August 13, 2008 at 4:33 PM

I don’t pay much attention to the fouled toilet that is Detroit, but my entire family is from the same bathroom. And Oakland County Ed was telling me that Kwame is a mobster before he was first elected. Following his election, he had cops managing hookers and drugs for him.

I assert that Obama knew what a gangster Kilpatrick was and went to him for black Detroit support anyway. Obama’s corrupt and unethical.

Jaibones on August 14, 2008 at 12:30 AM

This is such a “distraction”. BTW, where’s that bus?

GarandFan on August 14, 2008 at 1:34 AM