Maureen Dowd hints: The White House had a role in pushing Sherrod out

posted at 12:27 pm on July 25, 2010 by Allahpundit

Great catch by Tom Maguire of a tidbit buried in MoDo’s crude, racially reductive attempt to blame l’affaire Sherrod on the “overprotective white guys” who surround The One. It’s unclear from what she writes whether anyone called the White House before Sherrod was forced to resign or only later that day after it happened, but I’d sure like to know the timeline. Was it Vilsack’s decision to let her go and, even if it was, if the White House had reason to believe that the initial clip was fishy before he canned her, why didn’t they reach out and tell him to exercise caution?

The West Wing white guys who pushed to ditch Shirley Sherrod before Glenn Beck could pounce not only didn’t bother to Google, they weren’t familiar enough with civil rights history to recognize the name Sherrod. And they didn’t return the calls and e-mail of prominent blacks who tried to alert them that something was wrong

“I’ve known these two individuals — the husband for more than 50 years and the wife for at least 35, 40 — and there’s not a racist hair on their heads or anyplace else on their bodies,” [Rep. John] Lewis said…

“The president’s getting hurt real bad,” Clyburn told me. “He needs some black people around him.” He said Obama’s inner circle keeps “screwing up” on race: “Some people over there are not sensitive at all about race. They really feel that the extent to which he allows himself to talk about race would tend to pigeonhole him or cost him support, when a lot of people saw his election as a way to get the issue behind us. I don’t think people elected him to disengage on race. Just the opposite.”

Imagine the reaction of America’s first black president, who famously spent time in Chicago as a community organizer, opening his copy of the Times today to find that Manhattanite caricature Maureen Dowd doesn’t think he’s sensitive enough to racial concerns. Same for Valerie Jarrett, one of The One’s top advisors, whose counsel on racial matters is evidently suspect because she lived in Iran until she was, um, five. In fact, file this one away for future use: According to one of the NYT’s resident Pulitzer-winners, the entire brain trust of this very Democratic, very liberal White House — Obama, Jarrett, Axelrod, Emanuel, Biden, Gibbs, on down — is racially tone-deaf. Good to know.

As for the rest of it, and as usual for MoDo, I’m not quite sure what her point is. John Lewis’s argument is clear enough — he knows the Sherrods and could have told Axelrod, Vilsack, etc., that the stuff in the initial clip didn’t sound like her — but I don’t see what having more black advisors surrounding Obama would have accomplished in handling the early uproar over the tape. Is Clyburn suggesting that a black advisor would have been more sensitive to the possibility that she was being taken out of context? The Anchoress managed to be pretty darned sensitive about that and, last I checked, she’s white (and conservative!). In fact, Dowd and Clyburn actually end up letting Obama’s team off the hook by suggesting that they can’t be expected to exercise due diligence when handling a racial hot potato because of their racial make-up. Per MoDo, it’s not that Rahm and Axelrod should take a deep breath and try not to wet their pants the next time they’re forced to wade into some racial subject, it’s that they’re incapable of doing so and therefore need lots more advice from black aides. Note her advice to Obama on Sherrod: “He should give her a new job: Director of Black Outreach. This White House needs one.” The first black president needs a director of outreach to a community among whom he usually polls well above 90 percent?

For a shrewder take on why Obama dropped the ball in the Sherrod case, try this piece by David Ignatius. The teleprompter president doesn’t like venturing off-script, so when he gets surprised by some volatile, unpredictable media clusterfark, his instinct naturally is to make it go away as quickly as possible. Exit quotation:

A man who knows Obama well speculated a few months ago that this president isn’t in love with the White House. The Post had run an article saying that with his dry intellect, Obama would be happier on the Supreme Court than in the Oval Office. The insider nodded his head. “That’s true,” he said.


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Oh God, don’t give him any ideas. Can a president nominate himself to the Supreme Court?

SukieTawdry on July 25, 2010 at 1:52 PM

The Post had run an article saying that with his dry intellect, Obama would be happier on the Supreme Court than in the Oval Office.

I wonder whether Bill Ayers would be able to get along with the other SCOTUS clerks.

Heaven forbid this, but it would be funny to see Obama taking orders from Roberts. The Chief Justice assigns the opinions. After five state and local tax opinions, Obama would quit. If it’s not about him, he ain’t interested.

BuckeyeSam on July 25, 2010 at 1:53 PM

He loves the trappings of power, the WH, Air Force One, going golfing whenever he wants, jetting to NY for a date night or to Maine or Florida for a quick getaway.

It’s the job that goes with the trappings that he doesn’t like. Too much work for someone who’s slid from one job to the next, always with an eye to the next job rather than to the work at hand.

Wethal on July 25, 2010 at 12:55 PM

I agree, to me Baracky and MaBelle are posers, someone’s puppets and they are and act like “nouveau riche”…

Barry is the ultimate Affimative Action President because he got the job when there were way better qualified candidates… unfortunately they (both black and white) won’t run in this country because of the ugly spectale running for office and holding office has become… Thanbk you Hatefilled Left…

CCRWM on July 25, 2010 at 1:54 PM

I have a different interpretation. I think this is a warning from Lewis & Clyburn that O’s support in the black community is shallow and based on racial solidarity for the ‘first black president’ rather than actual affection and fealty to his policies.

They know what the unemployment rate is for blacks, and that it’s not budging. If they start looking at things rationally rather than emotionally he won’t fare well. And he’s already somewhat suspect because he’s not been ‘down for the struggle’ as Rush puts it, and really he has no ties to the struggle for Civil Rights.

And incident like this where he acted first, and found out the facts later, might make some drop off. Not vote R, but just not vote, both in Nov, but also in ’12, and he needs every black vote that exists or he’s screwed.

lizzie beth on July 25, 2010 at 1:55 PM

I forget which section the golden rights are in. Maybe they just emanate from some penumbra(s), like the “Constitutional right” to abortion.

AZCoyote on July 25, 2010 at 1:50 PM

I think they are listed next to the “platinum platitudes” section
.

VegasRick on July 25, 2010 at 1:55 PM

One of the things Democratic strategists in the White House going back to the Clinton years (when Rahm was there) have prided themselves upon is their “rapid response’ to any problems brought up by either the conservative or the mainstream media. They often don’t have an answer, but just deflecting talking points or actions, but just the ability to repsond rapidly has been a point of pride.

Problem was, in this case, they rapidly responded to something that hadn’t even happened yet, which was Fox’s going with the Sherrod story. They tossed her even before Fox had run anything on it, and while odds are Fox would have run something, they’re basically trying to back away by using premeditation on the part of Fox as an excuse — Fox would have done something, so anything we did (like firing Ms. Sherrod) is Fox’s fault.

Dowd’s been a bit miffed at the White House for a while — mainly from the left — so she doesn’t let them get away with that spin here mainly because she’s irked that the Obama team are a bunch of Fox-fearing wimps. But the rest of the media is buying the conventional wisdom spin of pinning the whole kerfuffle on Fox to the point of absurdity (as shown in Charles Krauthammer’s explanation of the timeline on “Inside Washington”, which goes in one of Colbert King’s ears and right out the other without ever touching any piece of his brain).

jon1979 on July 25, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Context my arse.

:yawn” more double standards BS.

reaganaut on July 25, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Let’s face it. They are all afraid that Beck or someone else will catch Sherrod telling the truth about what they believe. They knew that Sherrod’s husband worked with Bill Ayers in organizing SNCC. They know her history. They didn’t want a repeat of the Jones disaster.

The WH can avoid the issue when someone like Sheila Jackson Lee tells the truth. She’s in the House and people think she’s crazy. But this was in Obama’s administration. Can’t have people talking about what they really believe out in front of everybody and all.

rlyle on July 25, 2010 at 2:04 PM

July 24th, 2010

Shirley Sherrod should have quit while she was ahead: accuses Breitbart of wanting to enslave blacks

Gee, give Shirley Sherrod enough rope and she proves she’s got a racial chip on her shoulder the size of the rock of Gibraltar, and a finely-honed and relentless ability to play the race card [the relevant part begins around 1:50]:

http://neoneocon.com/2010/07/24/shirley-sherrod-should-have-quit-while-she-was-ahead-accuses-breitbart-of-wanting-to-enslave-blacks/

canopfor on July 25, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Obama does not have the intellect to be a US Supreme Court Justice.

Vince on July 25, 2010 at 2:08 PM

I think he would do even more evil on the Supreme Court than as President.

burt on July 25, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Obama does not have the intellect to be a US Supreme Court Justice.

Vince on July 25, 2010 at 2:08 PM

Isn’t that the truth. He’s not even much of a lawyer, let alone judge.

slickwillie2001 on July 25, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Obama does not have the intellect to be a US Supreme Court Justice.

Vince on July 25, 2010 at 2:08 PM

I have a giant cranium. No really. I am a super-genius, just like Wile E. Coyote! We have as more evidence of that than we have of Obama’s so-called intellect.

sharrukin on July 25, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Note her advice to Obama on Sherrod: “He should give her a new job: Director of Black Outreach. This White House needs one.” The first black president needs a director of outreach to a community among whom he usually polls well above 90 percent?

Go for it, ‘smarties’. Alienate even more liberals. Love it when the ‘intelligentsia’ on the left is delusional.

A man who knows Obama well speculated a few months ago that this president isn’t in love with the White House. The Post had run an article saying that with his dry intellect, Obama would be happier on the Supreme Court than in the Oval Office. The insider nodded his head. “That’s true,” he said.

He’d like to be a god so that he doesn’t have to be accountable to anyone. Were all of this not so dangerous to the land, it would be down right entertaining…on an hourly basis.

Schadenfreude on July 25, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Two things. One, how is it going unnoticed that Mrs. Sherrod tried to give D.C. the heads up on this video the week before it was released. Per the Times “Swampland” feature? Two, who in the world doesn’t know Mr. Obama hates this country. He is trying to change everything about and make all her citizens dependents of his new welfare state?

Cindy Munford on July 25, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Sherrod made some pretty bogoted comments and will continue to do so.

After the Lewis bogus claim from the tea party why would I believe anything he says any more?

Prove that you were spit upon.

Schadenfreude on July 25, 2010 at 2:22 PM

bogoted = bigoted

Schadenfreude on July 25, 2010 at 2:22 PM

This whole affair was a setup form the get go.The only problem is that it has blown up in the Democrats face because:
1. Breitbart did not attack her, he attacked the way the crowd reacted.
2.They reacted too fast. They expected Fox News to react faster than it did.

Now that everyone has time to sit back and let events unfold it has shown what the true motives are.
What has been shown that Shirley Sherrod by her comments the last several days, is in fact, she is really a Racist.

BruceB on July 25, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Obama in this case relied on the most influential and knowledgeable black in the world for this decision, himself. After all who knows better about race than Obama? Didn’t he give the Gettysburg Address of Race Relations during the campaign about Rev. Wright?

Rocks on July 25, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Mau-Dow did not address the real conundrum before her: which half of Obama made the decision. Was this a white decision, or was this a black decision?

Yoop on July 25, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Judge Napolitano is a hell of a lot more qualified for SCOTUS than Barry Soetoro is.

Jeff on July 25, 2010 at 2:30 PM

You’ll Never Believe What This White House Is Missing

Brains and stones

Schadenfreude on July 25, 2010 at 2:42 PM

The absolute worst thing that could happen to this WH is for this idiot Sherrod to go on talk shows, especially left wing shows that will encourage her to blast R’s and the TP. She will eventually hang herself and the WH with her.If anyone had bothered to listen to the whole tape they would realize that she was about to go off of the deep end with her inner racist self. Give her time and she will.

inspectorudy on July 25, 2010 at 2:44 PM

The Post had run an article saying that with his dry intellect, Obama would be happier on the Supreme Court than in the Oval Office.

What is a dry intellect? Is it a dry wit, with no wit, or is it a desicated plain of thinking capacity?

percysunshine on July 25, 2010 at 2:50 PM

clowns like Howard Dean are blaming the mere prospect of coverage by Glenn Beck as the real crime.

Allah, you gotta show this clip from this morning. When confronted with the facts, Dean had a classic “dear in the headlights” look.

humdinger on July 25, 2010 at 2:51 PM

“I’ve known these two individuals — the husband for more than 50 years and the wife for at least 35, 40 — and there’s not a racist hair on their heads or anyplace else on their bodies,” [Rep. John] Lewis said…

It’s settled. John Lewis is a liar.

The full 43 minute tape of the speech does not prove that Shirley Sherrod is not a racist. It does not prove that Shirley Sherrod overcame her racism. It explains why she is a racist. A fact that she has demonstrated and continues to demonstrate every time she opens her mouth.

Jaynie59 on July 25, 2010 at 2:53 PM

What is a dry intellect? Is it a dry wit, with no wit, or is it a desicated plain of thinking capacity?

percysunshine on July 25, 2010 at 2:50 PM

In his case it means devoid of deep and on your feet thinking. This guy’s “charm and intellect” are creations of the media. There’s no there there. Doesn’t take much to realize this. If you disagree, prove it.

Schadenfreude on July 25, 2010 at 2:53 PM

So we go with the desicated plain of thinking capacity. Fine by me.

percysunshine on July 25, 2010 at 2:57 PM

Obama doesn’t like the White House because it’s too much work and his every move is scrutinized. He’s not used to either.

But he’ll never make it on the Court either, should we be so unlucky as to ever see him there. You don’t get to make speeches and have the cameras on you constantly, for one. And at least four people on the Court are twice as intelligent as he is, and very adept at seeing through BS. Obama has BSed his way through his entire career. Staring across the table at Scalia, Alito, Roberts and Thomas (and especially Thomas) is not his idea of a good time.

Missy on July 25, 2010 at 2:58 PM

“I’ve known these two individuals — the husband for more than 50 years and the wife for at least 35, 40 — and there’s not a racist hair on their heads or anyplace else on their bodies,” [Rep. John] Lewis said…

Oh, and by the way, that quote also proves that John Lewis is not a very good liar.

Shirley’s redemption supposedly came after she met the white farmer in 1984 or 1985. If he did know Shirley 35 to 40 years ago, he knew the racist Shirley. Nice going, John. Do the math next time.

Jaynie59 on July 25, 2010 at 3:00 PM

I blame whitey…!

/

Seven Percent Solution on July 25, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Jaynie59 on July 25, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Considering the response of most conservatives to non-life threatening, non-slave-trading, non-institutional, non-murderous and non-historically deplorable forms of political-racism I can only imagine what your response would be to having your father killed by the Klan.

Think about it. Consider the grudge held against Muslims henceforth by many Americans since September 11, 2001. Follow me. Many people will go to their graves suspicious, angry and vengeful towards Muslims for one act of extremist-violence that does not implicate the whole-culture. Now imagine if Muslims had done to Americans what Americans did to American-Blacks. American sustained a centuries-long campaign of death and brutalization resulting in millions of deaths and millions of Americans’ souls turned away from Heaven’s Gates. Imagine the Holocuast going on for centuries; you can’t. We don’t even fathom the harshness of the reality.

Under those circumstances, how long would America’s grudge against Muslims last? 20 Generations? A millenium? How long would your personal-grudge last, keeping in mind how wild-eyed you get to indirect discrimination? I bet you it would last longer than the obvious grudge many Black-Americans carry forth.

Consider it. I know many will ignore or refudiate my thoughts. If one or two serious thinkers reply in kind, great. If not, that’s fine too. A right-implosion is beginning to appeal to me. Hawaii is beautiful because of all the volcanic ash. The right needs some ash so that it can start to bloom again.

My mother was friends with all four girls killed at 16th St Baptist Church, close friends. The first gun I held was the same one my grandfather used to protect his home from the Klan. I don’t excuse her Sherrod’s bigotry. But you act as if you would have been Mother Theresa in the face of similar circumstances. But we have evidence that you FLIP OUT in response to racism not even directly targeting you.

You are the typical conservative. And that’s the problem. I’ts not that you’re a bigot, although I have personal misgivings about some of your rants. It’s that so many conservatives have a stand-offish posture to historical racial offense but want to lose their cookies and tolerate talk of race war in response to racism.

The Race Card on July 25, 2010 at 3:19 PM

A man who knows Obama well speculated a few months ago that this president isn’t in love with the White House. The Post had run an article saying that with his dry intellect, Obama would be happier on the Supreme Court than in the Oval Office. The insider nodded his head. “That’s true,” he said.

nice to know this NOW instead of during the election when the sheeple could hear this

cmsinaz on July 25, 2010 at 3:19 PM

SukieTawdry on July 25, 2010 at 1:52 PM

if he could do it, he would…

cmsinaz on July 25, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Of course the WH had a hand in it. I think Gibbs has been lying about the issue from day one. I think this proves that BO is not an ideologue as much as he’s an opportunist…and a wuss.

The Race Card on July 25, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Obama does not have the intellect to be a US Supreme Court Justice.

Vince on July 25, 2010 at 2:08 PM

he nominated someone just like him….kagan

cmsinaz on July 25, 2010 at 3:22 PM

You are the typical conservative. And that’s the problem. I’ts not that you’re a bigot, although I have personal misgivings about some of your rants. It’s that so many conservatives have a stand-offish posture to historical racial offense but want to lose their cookies and tolerate talk of race war in response to racism.

The Race Card on July 25, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Actually a lot of people are sick of the BS double standard.

People like you always trot out the ‘Poor Pitiful me’ defence anytime someone with dark skin shows themselves to be a nasty package. No such defence is given or allowed when they are white.

Israel is bad for what they do, but Sudan which is in the process of killing millions is a sideshow.

Everyone has heard of Gaza and almost no one has heard of Hama.

It is repeated endlessly in every facet of modern life and people are tired of the cheap excuses.

sharrukin on July 25, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Oh, and by the way, that quote also proves that John Lewis is not a very good liar.

Shirley’s redemption supposedly came after she met the white farmer in 1984 or 1985. If he did know Shirley 35 to 40 years ago, he knew the racist Shirley. Nice going, John. Do the math next time.

Jaynie59 on July 25, 2010 at 3:00 PM

You’ve missed the whole nature of the way he (and Sherrod) think.

Even if she was racist, it was really racist racism, it was just her angst due to the events in her life. After all, can you blame the woman for being racist since her father was murdered by a racist?

That is the kind of logic they use to justify their racism and denounce it at the same time.

ButterflyDragon on July 25, 2010 at 4:03 PM

I bet you it would last longer than the obvious grudge many Black-Americans carry forth.

The Race Card on July 25, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Yeah, all those Black Americans out there picking cotton with their PS3 or Xbox. Being subjugated to driving around in Escalades and Nissans.

There are very few Black Americans who have a valid reason for holding a grudge against “whitey”.

When being immersed in BET, TVOne , etc., it plays on the racial separation idea and reinforces a victim mentality. As long as people (of any race) keep seeing everything with a racial undertone, there will be tension that doesn’t need to exist.

People need to get over the racial hangups already.

ButterflyDragon on July 25, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Something is fishy about the whole episode.

It’s almost as if it was a setup, but without some of the key participants knowing about it.

notagool on July 25, 2010 at 4:22 PM

I don’t excuse her Sherrod’s bigotry.

The Race Card on July 25, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Actually, I excuse it – *in her speech* but her actions as of this week show that she thinks this way *currently*. Breitbart trying to restore slavery?! C’mon.

Your analogy to 9/11 doesn’t really work either. I see where you’re coming from but that was an attack from outside the nation. What were dealing with here is historical attitudes from within the nation of a systemic problem. Sure, I understand that people are human and can hold grudges for generations but if you excuse that on family lines then you must also excuse it for the descendents of the confederate states who fought in a civil war.

You’re also seeing the response of nearly 50 years of institutionalized education campaigns about how were a color-blind society and suddenly its coming to light that “color-blind” is now code for “tear down the white man’s institutions”. (Which means western civ and capitalism). So when Rush says “I want Obama to fail” (because he defends western civilization and capitalism) he’s a racist because he doesn’t support “black philosophy” which is more than “crass capitalism and cares about people over money unlike Western Civ”.

Is that the Republicans fault for being racist and playing golf all the time (heh) instead of going to the inner cities and spreading their ideology to the minorities who are blindly voting Democrat because only Democrats care for them? Maybe. (But they can’t even seem to spread that ideology to rich “white” people anymore…)

But I guess that’s the dilemma we face. How do you build upon and continue the basic American rights of individual liberty and small government when the two fastest growing populations in the US (black and hispanic) are culturally biased against just that and the public education in most schools explicitly teaches against it?

And can you solve that politically without being called a racist?

Skywise on July 25, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Why is it thread after thread we are suppose to worry about the castigation or adulation of TRC? Let the legend live large in the mind of one.

Cindy Munford on July 25, 2010 at 4:52 PM

I don’t understand how it can be said that this has blown up in the democrats face, when Fox and Breitbart are being blamed for it and all the people on the right are taking her side in this. This is typical republican bullcrap eating our own so we can prove we are not racist, while it is clear this woman, Sherrod, is a racist. I’m not getting it at all, and yet again, the dems are pushing the lies that are going to stick.

silvernana on July 25, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Don’t know if these were asked/answered or not:

- Who gave Breitbart the video?
- Was it intended to damage Obama’s opposition?
- How can Breitbart be so gullible, knowing that editing is a tool used to trap people?

tanarg on July 25, 2010 at 5:58 PM

HDFOB said: “This story was not a good moment for Breitbart. Especially, the follow-up defense about audience reaction. That was silly.”

That was his point, he says, in posting the video. I believe him. But he handled it badly.

tanarg on July 25, 2010 at 6:05 PM

“I’ve known these two individuals — the husband for more than 50 years and the wife for at least 35, 40 — and there’s not a racist hair on their heads or anyplace else on their bodies,” [Rep. John] Lewis said…

After hearing her refudiation of her own racist instincts, I am relatively satisfied that she isn’t a racist anymore. But hearing (racist) John Lewis’s blathering makes me doubt it all over again.

Jaibones on July 25, 2010 at 6:07 PM

You are the typical conservative. And that’s the problem. I’ts not that you’re a bigot, although I have personal misgivings about some of your rants. It’s that so many conservatives have a stand-offish posture to historical racial offense but want to lose their cookies and tolerate talk of race war in response to racism.

The Race Card on July 25, 2010 at 3:19 PM

I’m going to ignore all the crap you spewed about Muslims and how horrible America is. Been there, done that with far too many liberals to waste my time with you.

I do take issue with you calling me the “typical conservative”. I’m a pro-abortion atheist who thinks all religious people are stupid. The only group of people I consider stupider are liberals. I don’t care what you consider yourself because no matter what it is you are stupid.

I wish I was the typical conservative. Unfortunately, I’m not willing to have my spine removed to fit in.

Jaynie59 on July 25, 2010 at 6:08 PM

Oh, my. See this?

White House backed release of Lockerbie bomber

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/white-house-backed-release-of-lockerbie-bomber-abdel-baset-al-megrahi/story-e6frg6so-1225896741041

THE US government secretly advised Scottish ministers it would be “far preferable” to free the Lockerbie bomber than jail him in Libya.
Correspondence obtained by The Sunday Times reveals the Obama administration considered compassionate release more palatable than locking up Abdel Baset al-Megrahi in a Libyan prison.

The intervention, which has angered US relatives of those who died in the attack, was made by Richard LeBaron, deputy head of the US embassy in London, a week before Megrahi was freed in August last year on grounds that he had terminal cancer.

The document, acquired by a well-placed US source, threatens to undermine US President Barack Obama’s claim last week that all Americans were “surprised, disappointed and angry” to learn of Megrahi’s release.

tanarg on July 25, 2010 at 6:11 PM

The Post had run an article saying that with his dry intellect, Obama would be happier on the Supreme Court than in the Oval Office. The insider nodded his head. “That’s true,” he said.

Sorry libtards, even the lowliest Judge knows you are supposed to listen to both sides before making a decision. No competent employer fires anyone without an investigation and clear understanding of the facts. Not happy? Since when do Judges have their own helicopters, planes and chefs? And since when do they get paid to read vacuous speeches written by others? The fact of the matter is that Obama isn’t qualified to be Mayor of a small town.

Basilsbest on July 25, 2010 at 6:19 PM

Imagine the Holocuast going on for centuries; you can’t. We don’t even fathom the harshness of the reality.
The Race Card on July 25, 2010 at 3:19 PM

The Holocaust lasted about 6 years. It was responsible for the death’s of around 6 million Jews and probably an Equal number of Eastern Europeans. So call the total around 12 million ignoring military and civilian deaths as a result of WWII. 12 million divided by 6 is 2 million per year average. Are you suggesting that the Slave trade to the America’s resulted in the deaths of 2 million black Africans per year over the 250 years leading up to the War between the states?

Just so we are clear the slave trade and slavery is a deplorable blot on our history. It was the cause of great injustice and evil. But if you want an “intelligent” conversation get your facts straight.

chemman on July 25, 2010 at 6:22 PM

The document, acquired by a well-placed US source, threatens to undermine US President Barack Obama’s claim last week that all Americans were “surprised, disappointed and angry” to learn of Megrahi’s release.tanarg on July 25, 2010 at 6:11 PM

Is there anything he won’t lie about?

Basilsbest on July 25, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Maybe family members of the Lockerbie victims will want to ask why Obama claimed to have been “surprised” at the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, when he knew all along he was being released.

His lying is getting to the point of being unignorable.

tanarg on July 25, 2010 at 7:10 PM

The first black president needs a director of outreach to a community among whom he usually polls well above 90 percent?

This doesn’t bode well for Obama’s solid B+…

According to one of the NYT’s resident Pulitzer-winners, the entire brain trust of this very Democratic, very liberal White House — Obama, Jarrett, Axelrod, Emanuel, Biden, Gibbs, on down — is racially tone-deaf.

Team Obama is tone-deaf on jobs too!

TN Mom on July 25, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Race Card, your attempt at “perspective” doesn’t really enlighten. One might as well consider that 19 Muslim radicals killed as many people in one hour as racially motivated lynchings killed in a century, a time span 876,000 times as long. I don’t know what conclusions one can draw from such how-many-angels-can-dance-on-the-head-of-a-pin style contemplation of slavery versus terrorism, but in addition to your perspective, another reasonable perspective is that modern terrorists can be extraordinarily dangerous.

It’s not just 9/11, it’s the WTC truck bombing, the Cole bombing, the Lebanon barracks bombing, the 1972 Olympics massacre, the 1970′s airline hijackings, the assassination of Bobby Kennedy, the Achille Lauro, the beheading of tourists in the Philippines, the bombing in Bali, the Rome airport bombing, the Lockerbie bombing, the Mumbai bombing … there’s kind of a gestalt to this whole thing, isn’t there ? … the Atocha Madrid bombing, the London bombing, the hundreds of Tel Aviv bombings, and … you get the picture. Or maybe you don’t. They’re not done yet. They’ll attack New York again. I personally was in Times Square during the recent attempted car bomb incident. If they get their hands on a nuke, that’ll be the end of cocktails at the Rainbow Room. You act like 9/11 was a one-off. The hideous evils of chattel slavery and Jim Crow have justifiably been thrown on the ash-heap of history, while terrorism is an ongoing concern. That tends to keep “suspicion” and anger alive.

The disagreement between “right” and “left”, if you want to call them that, is a philosophical dispute over the role of the State. It’s about the State, not race, really. The cosmic/social justice “left” thinks that government power can correct the injustice of the past by playing God and applying enough body english in the present. The procedural justice “right” thinks this approach is going to make the situation worse, piss everyone off, cement tribal loyalties, have everyone jostling for position, and eventually is going to cause the machine to tilt.

shazbat on July 25, 2010 at 8:27 PM

If anybody thinks that clod hopper Vilsak was on this before Rahmbo please know you are a fool.

borntoraisehogs on July 25, 2010 at 8:51 PM

Why is it thread after thread we are suppose to worry about the castigation or adulation of TRC? Let the legend live large in the mind of one.

Cindy Munford on July 25, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Most logical post on this entire thread. The Race Card is a Racist through to the core; a complete waste of time; comes here to take the thread into a direction of his/her choosing.

Keemo on July 25, 2010 at 9:15 PM

I think that most of us have worked through the Sherrod story by now and are on to other things.

flataffect on July 25, 2010 at 10:17 PM

“The president’s getting hurt real bad,” Clyburn told me. “He needs some black people around him.”

How about Col. Allen West or Herman Cain?

TN Mom on July 25, 2010 at 10:56 PM

One of Bammie’s problems is that he has surrounded himself with sycophants that worship his every word. He has no one that will say no to him, argue with him, scream back at him. It’s not about color, it’s about political diversity.

slickwillie2001 on July 26, 2010 at 12:14 AM

“I’ve known these two individuals — the husband for more than 50 years and the wife for at least 35, 40 — and there’s not a racist hair on their heads or anyplace else on their bodies,” [Rep. John] Lewis said…

John Lewis has long had a good reputation for civil rights issues, but he’s rapidly burning through his credibility these days. Sherrod is quite clearly more racist in her outlook than any Republican could get away with, and Lewis by defending her reveals himself as more a partisan than a defender of civil rights.

Add this to his attempt to bait the tea parties into racism, followed by just making up accusations of racism when that failed, and Lewis no longer deserves to be treated with any respect on the issue of racism and civil rights.

There Goes The Neighborhood on July 26, 2010 at 4:45 AM

Add this to his attempt to bait the tea parties into racism, followed by just making up accusations of racism when that failed, and Lewis no longer deserves to be treated with any respect on the issue of racism and civil rights.

There Goes The Neighborhood on July 26, 2010

One can respect his past without granting him the absolute moral authority he demands. He has beclowned himself and that never wears well.

Extrafishy on July 26, 2010 at 8:44 AM

I guess this is MoDo’s way of establishing her street cred a la Jennifer Lopez, “Jenny from the block”. So call it “Maureen from Manhattan”. HA! HA! HA!

RMR on July 26, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Three words define this administration:
Over His Head

right2bright on July 26, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Ed’s last post stated that he thought Sharrod should get her job back along with an Obama apology.

If indeed Sharrod had been fired on grounds of officiating with racism in her official capacity, given both her and her husband’s public announcements that the Tea Party is radically racist, why did Ed Morrissey think that she should have her job back in order to perpetuate her own brand of racism?

Obama’s instinct to act knee-jerk stupidly won’t ever change. It could, however, be debated how well his staff could manage to keep him under wraps until research reveals circumstances.

Given his audacity to hope to be America’s demise, will Obama nominate himself to the Supreme Court as his first and only administration fades away?

maverick muse on July 26, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Speaking of Charles Sherrod, here’s a pleasant little message from him:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrcJ3cBDS7Y&feature=player_embedded#!

Rush is about to play the audio!

kingsjester on July 26, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Sounds like Dowd is longing for the days of Condoleezza Rice.

hawksruleva on July 26, 2010 at 1:19 PM

The other Sherrod speaks

Sherrod: “We Must Stop The White Man And His Uncle Toms …”

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2010 at 5:22 PM

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