Chris Matthews to Kathleen Parker: Is Sarah Palin the poster girl for racism?

posted at 7:35 pm on August 6, 2009 by Allahpundit

This aired last night but it’s a nice complement to today’s WaPo navel-gazer about the Obama Joker poster. In both cases, you’ve got “progressives” seeing the racial subtext they’re desperate to see in the cultural inkblot; what makes this different is that Parker relies on her own southern pedigree to tacitly claim a little extra authority when pronouncing upon What Southerners Believe. Result: One of the most bigoted segments I’ve ever seen on a news chat show, and I say that as someone who’s not known for being a great fan of either Sarahcuda or the south. I remember lefties touting this Times map on “Voting Shifts” by county last year after the election as proof of how entrenched racism was down there, but most of the gains in Republican votes from 2004 to 2008 are located in five states: Arkansas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and northern Alabama. Virginia, Georgia, both Carolinas, and even Mississippi got a lot bluer, which is hard to explain if Parker’s theory about neo-Confederates bristling at the thought of a contest between a black man and white woman is widely true. God help the conservative news talker who attempts a political read as reductionist as this one; MSNBC, Media Matters, and Think Progress will never let you hear the end of it.

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These people are not only still campaigning, they’re still campaigning against Sarah Palin. It’s crazy.

Theophile on August 7, 2009 at 3:35 AM

Theophile on August 7, 2009 at 3:35 AM

They’re still campaigning against her while claiming it’s PALIN who’s constantly doing everything to stay in the spotlight.

Phoenician on August 7, 2009 at 3:48 AM

Until Allah has spent a little time in the South, he probably should judge us all as a redneck Billy Joe Jim Bob toothless-types. Believe it or not we have institutions of higher learning, museums, even indoor plumbing!

TXMomof3 on August 6, 2009 at 8:17 PM

We also have world-class ballet. I’m savin’ up for season tickets to next season.

Yeah, I’m a hockey and football watchin’ toothless redneck who loves ballet. You got a problem with that?

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on August 7, 2009 at 5:04 AM

There’s a reason Chris Matthews is one of the lowest-rated guys in cable news.

Jim Treacher on August 7, 2009 at 5:28 AM

We also have world-class ballet. I’m savin’ up for season tickets to next season.

Yeah, I’m a hockey and football watchin’ toothless redneck who loves ballet. You got a problem with that?

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on August 7, 2009 at 5:04 AM

Ah…er…well…er..ah…ballet?…er..ah..men in tights…er..ah…not robin hood…ah..gulp..Texas you say…er…the lone star lost a bit of it’s shine…er..ah..sissymen on stage…er..ah..welll…

Jeff from WI on August 7, 2009 at 6:03 AM

I only made it to four and a half minutes.The woman from Slate saying that the Republicans are appealing to tribalism?When the SEIU and AFI-CIO are blocking people from town hall meetings.The “subliminal” context of racism?
Sarah the poster child for racism?ARE THESE PEOPLE TOTALLY IN-FREAKING SANE?
I can’t believe that even Progressives could sink this low.

DDT on August 7, 2009 at 7:26 AM

This has got to be the dopiest conversation ever, and makes the “thrill up the leg” effusions seem well thought out. Kathleen Parker is one of the dumbest Southern Liberals I’ve ever had the displeasure of hearing, but I don’t doubt her familiarity with dog whistles.

Yes, Mr. Matthews, racism only exists in the South, not the North. Roxbury, Mayor Rizzo, Ozone Park–these are all made-up fantasies. Oh, and Liberal Racism is a contradiction in terms; abortion as ethnic cleansing; and stealing from the middle class to fund government waste–these are all right wing talking points.

Is it any wonder that no one watches MSNC?

EMD on August 7, 2009 at 8:00 AM

It is not only that. It is also that the South produces more real men per capita than the other regions.

Sapwolf on August 7, 2009 at 3:16 AM

That is chock-full of win.

Spirit of 1776 on August 7, 2009 at 8:05 AM

What has Sarah Palin ever done to these people??

Kathleen Parker is a moron.

SueM on August 7, 2009 at 9:18 AM

MSDNC = ACORN NETWORK they are going to be peddling Americans who disagree with the Obama Administration are racist for as long as the people in charge “Management” Capus, Griffin, And yes “Immelt” at GE are in control of the network.

This isn’t a legitimate cable news channel folks, and their ratings prove it. I tried watching the other night it is barely coherent. They jump around all over the place, that has to be due to bad production, so all the people with talent left the network already? Who insults wide swathes of the American Demographic? Go away we don’t want viewers, especially from the south, go away don’t buy our sponsor’s products….why do they still have companies buying commercial spots on their network? Their core audience appears to be Trolls, surely an under served demographic with all kinds of disposable income LOL!

Dr Evil on August 7, 2009 at 9:34 AM

What I can’t figure out is why people call Parker a conservative and why is she published on townhall.com, she used to be at NRO. It goes to show what is wrong with the conservative media.
A lot of fakes out there.

kangjie on August 7, 2009 at 11:14 AM

There’s a reason Chris Matthews is one of the lowest-rated guys in cable news.

Jim Treacher on August 7, 2009 at 5:28 AM

The reason: HE SUCKS BALLS!

omnipotent on August 7, 2009 at 12:03 PM

There’s a reason Chris Matthews is one of the lowest-rated guys in cable news.

Jim Treacher on August 7, 2009 at 5:28 AM

Who? Why do we quote shows that nobody is watching? If it wasn’t for bloggers and the staff of local and national news organizations, many of these shows would have NO viewers at all.

hawksruleva on August 7, 2009 at 3:11 PM

I hope that when mathews and parker are in the hood with their bffs not to mention those haaaarvard parties with all the black professors that are also their bffs they take lots of pics.

nondhimmie on August 7, 2009 at 3:49 PM

If patriotism is tribalism, does that mean liberalism is narcissistic socialism?

rightminded1 on August 7, 2009 at 4:59 PM

Liberalism is, truly a mental disorder.

rightminded1 on August 7, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Guess that the “TINGLES” in his leg have finally reached his “small” brain.

hillbilly on August 7, 2009 at 5:22 PM

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