Quotes of the day

posted at 10:51 pm on January 18, 2012 by Allahpundit

“For months, Mr. Gingrich has made racial resentment an integral part of his platform as a conservative challenger to Mitt Romney. He has traversed the country calling President Obama “the greatest food-stamp president in American history” and presenting African-Americans with the great revelation that they should prefer paychecks to federal handouts. When he was called on it at the debate by Juan Williams of Fox News, he took the measure of the crowd and doubled down…

“In South Carolina, where a Confederate flag still waves on the front lawn of the State Capitol largely because of the efforts of the state Republican Party, it remains good primary politics to stir up racial animosity and then link it to President Obama. Mr. Gingrich, Mr. Santorum and the crowd that cheered them are following in a long and tawdry tradition, singling out a minority group for lectures while refusing to support policies that help all Americans.”

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“In the memo, Mr. Gingrich urges Governor Reagan’s campaign to reconsider its decision not to speak to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Convention.

“‘This is a great opportunity to prove that a conservative Republican can speak to the hearts and pocketbooks of Black Americans,’ Gingrich urged in the memo…

“Mr. Gingrich’s 1980 plea that the Reagan campaign should reach out to the NAACP and make inroads with black voters was just the first of many he has made to GOP candidates over many years.

“As ABC News has reported, in his book Real Change, Mr. Gingrich criticized President George W. Bush’s ‘failure to address the NAACP,’ which according to Gingrich, sent a ‘clear signal to the African American community that Republicans did not see them as worthy of engagement in dialogue.’”

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“Romney and his fellow Republicans are making a case (at least relative to President Obama) for economic freedom and against the expansion of government. To be sure, one may prefer Obama’s policies on reasoned grounds that have nothing to do with race. It is also true that for most of America’s history, and as recently as the 1960s, blacks were denied the freedoms, economic and otherwise, that whites took for granted.

“But no Republican running for president is proposing a return to Jim Crow or a repeal of civil rights laws. Siegel’s implicit notion that only whites are capable of benefiting from economic freedom under a regime of legal equality amounts to an insidious theory of racial supremacy.

That is the idea that Newt Gingrich repudiated in answer to Juan Williams’s (not particularly objectionable) question. That is what brought the crowd to their feet.”

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“That use of the name ‘Juan,’ the way he did it. You can’t argue these things. You either see them or you don’t. It’s just the way he did that. I sensed a little applause when he said ‘Let me help you’ when he answered the Juan question. It’s in the eye of the beholder. And, by the way, calling someone a racist is the worst way to get them to stop being racist because everyone gets defensive. … So it’s stupid to say it but, honestly, if you notice it, you sort of ought to blow the whistle. Because there is a dog whistle going on here.”

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“O’Reilly then turned to another aspect of the exchange: the way Gingrich pronounced ‘Juan.’ ‘Chris Matthews,’ O’Reilly explained, ‘said he way he called you Juan was kind of racist. Did you take it that way?’

“‘Remember, I’m facing Newt, so I heard behind me the moment he went ‘Juan… the minute I heard the hoot and hollering I realized how he played to the audience,’ Williams responded, joking that the audience immediately began to ask “Who is this strange character, ‘Juan‘?” and adding the caveat that the setting is what made it different. He did not say what he thought Gingrich thought of him or what he intended to say about Williams, only that ‘he wanted to stir the audience at that moment.’”



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Chris Matthew is an idiot. He truly can see nothing but racism no matter what the subject. They laughed not because he said Juan, but because Newt plainly said, “First off, Juan”, and at the point everyone knew Newt was going to blow Juan out of the water.

And why do people ask the 2nd worst president in history his opinions on things? He was a huge failure and lost his reelection. Don’t people realize that Jimmy does not know what he is talking about? If he did the 70′s would have ended better and he would have been reelected.

jeffn21 on January 19, 2012 at 9:06 AM

I love the stupid racist game of using the race card to prevent all criticism of a Marxist regime, because you see, the race card is like a credit card -if you use it too much it becomes worthless.

The war against all political correctness(the protection of untruth) may have just begun -I say metaphorically “lock and load”

Don L on January 19, 2012 at 9:16 AM

The mistake people make is that they do not realize that Juan Williams is the White House representative to Fox News. Juan Williams is just as big of a bigot as James Clyburn and Sheila Jackson-Lee. The color of their skin and what it can get them is the only thing that matters to them.

savage24 on January 19, 2012 at 9:42 AM

OMG!!!!!!!
Dog Whistles….Dog Whistles…..Dog Whistles going off everywhere!!!!!!

Baxter Greene on January 18, 2012 at 11:33 PM

But … I don’t hear them. Oh! Ha! You’re tricky. LOL. I guess you have to be a dog to hear them. Not to equate any ethnicities with dogs. OK … all right … I screwed up there. I didn’t even mean to THINK that. It just came out … *sob*. I’m a racist. I’m a down and dirty racist.

Speaking of dogs … did you know Romney strapped his dog to the top of his car and killed it? Killed it dead. It was howling the whole time but he just laughed. He laughed and laughed. He hates dogs. He’s a racist too. I hate people who hate. I just hate them.

Paul-Cincy on January 19, 2012 at 10:00 AM

What’s Juan’s real black name?

profitsbeard on January 18, 2012 at 11:44 PM

Newton Leroy.

Igor R. on January 18, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Ouch… nice shot.

PXCharon on January 19, 2012 at 10:52 AM

“Dog whistles” and “coded language” are the Democratic party’s frank admission that Republicans never, ever say anything that’s remotely racist, and never have. When they use those terms, they are admitting that they are MAKING THINGS UP OUT OF THIN AIR.

We should say so every time they do. It’s so intellectually bereft that it’s hilariously funny. They deserve the ridicule they’d get.

philwynk on January 19, 2012 at 11:03 AM

“Dog whistles” and “coded language” are the Democratic party’s frank admission that Republicans never, ever say anything that’s remotely racist, and never have. When they use those terms, they are admitting that they are MAKING THINGS UP OUT OF THIN AIR.

philwynk on January 19, 2012 at 11:03 AM

The only people who can hear these “dog whistles” are the Left and supposed racists on the Right. Strange bedfellows, if you ask me! Chris Matthews and the KKK, on the same page! Like two identical twins who develop their own language that no one else can understand. Too bad the Left is so seldom aware enough to see such contradiction in their own attitudes.

Paul-Cincy on January 19, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Just when you begin to give Juan a little credit for sentience, he proves himself to be just another racist Leftist.
Adiós, Juan.

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Karl Magnus on January 19, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Sorry, nothing more racist, or “angry”, than a black liberal.

ultracon on January 19, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Seriously, is there something about black liberal’s hearing that white conservatives just don’t have? Because they seem to be able to hear dog whistles that I never can.

Scrappy on January 19, 2012 at 12:46 PM

The worst part of what Matthews says is he throws out highly charged accusations which he admits he has no way of proving.

netster007x on February 3, 2012 at 1:57 AM

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