Why did Biden play the race card?

posted at 6:01 pm on August 17, 2012 by Allahpundit

My pal Jay Cost says the “chains” remark was no ad lib:

[T]here is a danger for the president: Obama’s path to reelection depends not simply on doing as well as previous Democrats with African Americans, but doing much better. Doing only as well as John Kerry, Al Gore, or Bill Clinton with the black vote would imperil Obama’s chances in November…

The vital context here is Obama’s decline among white voters. This week, the Rasmussen poll finds him winning the support of just 35 percent of likely white voters, compared to 43 percent support from whites in 2008. Obama might be able to make some of this deficit up with an improvement in the Hispanic vote, but liberal pundits have been overstating its importance for a decade. In the last 10 years, the Hispanic share of the electorate has increased by only about 1 percent, and Republicans have consistently won at least 30 percent of that vote.

So, Obama really needs African Americans to come through for him about strongly as they did in 2008. Right now, that looks like a questionable proposition, which may help explain Biden’s remarks this week.

That’s totally consistent with O’s strategy over the last few months of pandering to core liberal constituencies to boost turnout rather than moving towards the center to win independents. He “evolved” on gay marriage and changed his mind on using executive power to create a DREAM safe haven for young illegals because he concluded that there’s not much left he can do after three years to persuade undecideds in the middle. He needs the left out in force on election day. Here’s the problem with Jay’s theory, though: My impression of the election this year so far is that Team O has used racial appeals less than they did four years ago. People forget, I think, how often that card was played in 2008 because each nasty incident was submerged in the larger hopey-changey feelgood narrative about our new post-partisan messiah. Arguably, it wasn’t even McCain who got the worst of it: Obama’s supporters destroyed Bill Clinton and other Hillary surrogates with accusations of racism during the primary. When the general election finally arrived, despite McCain’s insistence on not bringing up Rev. Wright, The One himself blithely asserted that his opponent would make an issue of his race and used occasional coded appeals when speaking to black audiences. And his fans among the left’s rank and file were even more loathsome than he was. The low point, as I recall, was when they claimed that McCain’s silly ad goofing on Obama for being the world’s biggest celebrity was actually a racist attack because it featured O alongside two blonde white women and that was supposed to be sexually threatening or something.

I doubt there’s any way to quantify the number of racial panders then versus now but my sense is that there have been fewer in this campaign so far. (Emphasis: So far.) Maybe that’s to be expected given the historic nature of Obama’s candidacy last time, with race a much bigger part of the storyline, but per Cost’s logic there should actually be more such panders this time, no? O’s theoretically more dependent upon them because he has neither the promise of Hopenchange nor a good record as president to run on, and yet aside from Biden’s dimwitted “chains” remark, there hasn’t been anything really overt lately from the Dems’ leadership. (Or am I forgetting something?) It’s grassroots liberals and pundits who specialize in it, but they don’t really matter; Toure’s not changing anyone’s mind, I promise. In fact, I’m a bit surprised at just how much skeptical coverage Biden’s “chains” line got from the media, to the point where even People magazine felt obliged to press O on it. There seems to be less of an appetite among the press for that sort of thing this time, possibly because even they can’t in good conscience square Obama’s “hope” rhetoric from four years ago with heavy handed racial appeals now. I even think it’s possible, although maybe not likely, that Biden came up with the “chains” line himself in the spur of the moment. Democrats have been getting away with racial smears of Republicans like that for ages; why wouldn’t Biden make a snap judgment that he could get away with it too? Imagine his shock upon being told that it was “unhelpful.”

I don’t know. Maybe I’m overlooking some other obvious examples of prominent Obama allies playing the race card, but so far the campaign’s been more about how Republicans hate and want to kill everyone, especially the sick and elderly, than minorities in particular. It’s nice to see Democrats return to tradition, my friends. For your viewing pleasure, via Mediaite, here’s Toure pretending to be sorry for what he said on MSNBC yesterday. Not for attacking Romney along racial lines, mind you, just for his choice of words in doing so.


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“Today we were unlucky, but remember we only have to be lucky once. You will have to be lucky always.”

It is not enough that we protest peacefully and lack the violent record of the Left from assassinations to the WTO riots to the rapes and other violence of OWS, we have to cross our fingers and hope that no one even closely resembling the media’s caricature of us acts violently — even if he or she has NOTHING to do with us. On the other hand, the Left only has to be lucky once and they get to smear us with the “hate brush” even though we have nothing to do with any of this.

And, they get to do it while calling themselves the purveyors of all that is good and holy.

Disgusting.

Resist We Much on August 17, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Yes it is..and very true.

But as I bolded..even if one acts violently and doesn’t resemble the caricature..it is still reported as such. They spin around with the hate brush and some of it sticks as it splatter’s everywhere.-regardless. Our media is disgusting..

bazil9 on August 17, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Stray Cat on August 17, 2012 at 7:35 PM

I used to type it out, but dropped it to an abbreviation over time. I like to listen to music when I read and thought it would be fun to find songs that connected, in some way, to the posts.

Resist We Much on August 17, 2012 at 7:39 PM

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Resist We Much on August 17, 2012 at 7:37 PM

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bazil9 on August 17, 2012 at 7:42 PM

But as I bolded..even if one acts violently and doesn’t resemble the caricature..it is still reported as such. They spin around with the hate brush and some of it sticks as it splatter’s everywhere.-regardless. Our media is disgusting..

bazil9 on August 17, 2012 at 7:37 PM

You’re right. Did you know that Malik Zulu Shabazz of the New Black Panther Party is a “right-wing extremist,” according to the SPLC?

Not. Kidding.

I’m working on a piece about the SPLC, which claims that it is not biased, but admits that it is “not set up to track left-wing extremist groups.”

I guess not. They’d have to include themselves.

Resist We Much on August 17, 2012 at 7:43 PM

bazil9 on August 17, 2012 at 7:42 PM

**blushing**

Resist We Much on August 17, 2012 at 7:45 PM

I guess not. They’d have to include themselves.

Resist We Much on August 17, 2012 at 7:43 PM

HA..truth.

No I did not know what you mentioned. I work so much..why I come here. Not just HA but some commenters link a lot of interesting things and I learn quite a bit. This for instance.

New Black Panther Party is a “right-wing extremist,” according to the SPLC?

WTF???!!!

I will look for your piece.

bazil9 on August 17, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Let’s stop this pseudo-intellectual game and call it like it is . . . Biden is a certified idiot.

rplat on August 17, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Resist We Much on August 17, 2012 at 8:02 PM

TY-I book marked.

bazil9 on August 17, 2012 at 8:12 PM

canopfor on August 17, 2012 at 7:23 PM

I have to admire a woman, who can stare directly into a camera and tell the American people this whopper with a straight face: “We actually have not required in this law that you carry health insurance” while growing pub1c hair on her head.

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Resist We Much on August 17, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Resist We Much:Graphic,but, to the point!:)

canopfor on August 17, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Allah

Holder is the one playing Barry’s race card.

budfox on August 17, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Why did Biden play the race card?

I’d like to put my money on: Because he’s a douche.

John Deaux on August 17, 2012 at 8:43 PM

We’ve seen that these scumbags will do and say anything to stay in the White House. Biden intended to play the race card with the audience he was addressing; he perhaps spoke inartfully. We know he acted stupidly, but that is as per normal.

Philly on August 17, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Why did Biden play the race card?

Because he felt like patting the attending Dem-owned black folks on their sad little, welfare-grubbing heads.

And, alas, his largley-black (probably SEIU) audience seemed to appreciate the gesture.

Ol’ Joe would have been a “good” slave master back in the antebellum — one who would’ve hated like hell to sell his slaves down the river, doggone it, but whatcha gonna do?

minnesoter on August 17, 2012 at 9:17 PM

And p.s., “strategy” had nothing to do with Biden’s fatuous comments. He was simply shooting from his white-man’s-burden hip. Democrats remain the party of Jim Crow racism.

minnesoter on August 17, 2012 at 9:19 PM

I use to think the race card was a problem for our side. It’s not. The Bama now runs the risk of solidifying his “Divider in Chief” moniker if he pushes this dishonest position.

Besides, when you already have 98% of the African American vote and the majority of Latino votes, the strategy of needing to play the race card is a moot one.

As tourette has shown, it can backfire under the emotional strains of a campaign and revealed as a tool to only divide.

After all, Oliar’s says we are more than just Red states and Blue states. Uh huh.

FlaMurph on August 17, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Biden played the race card because like most democrats, HE IS A RACIST. It really is not hard to figure out, just look at democrat’s history; they started the KKK, they were responsible for the Jim Crow laws in the south, etc.

Lincoln was a Republican, so was Martin Luther King. Black democrats have never left the democrat plantation. Put that in your bell curve and smoke it.

woodNfish on August 17, 2012 at 9:48 PM

118 posts and no comments on the most important part of the article. If Rasmussen poll holds true till elections day and Obama gets only 35% of the “White Vote” then his defeat is absolutely certain… It is mathematically impossible for him to win if he has 38% or less of the “white vote”… so 35% support among White voters is an absolute certain defeat for Obama and it will be huge defeat…

Not to be insulting but I have been noticing that many of the authors and posters on this forum do not know the basic arithmetic and basic statistics of polling and what a certain number poll in a given poll means… May be too many posters and authors with liberal arts majors…

mnjg on August 17, 2012 at 10:14 PM

That’s totally consistent with O’s strategy over the last few months

“last few months”? Where have you been for the last four years? WTFFF?

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on August 17, 2012 at 10:24 PM

What the HELL?!!

THAT was the MOSTNON” Non-Apology I have EVER HEARD!!

williamg on August 18, 2012 at 12:24 AM

I don’t know. Maybe I’m overlooking some other obvious examples of prominent Obama allies playing the race card, but so far the campaign’s been more about how Republicans hate and want to kill everyone, especially the sick and elderly, than minorities in particular.

Yes, you are overlooking an obvious example of the Obama Administration playing the race card: Unilaterally rewriting the work rules for welfare. Why else do you think that Obama opened up that old sore at this point in time? The Dems have been bitching about the racist welfare queen meme since the eighties. Obama single-handedly decided to breathe life into that issue, even though it had been settled favorably 16 years ago, with an enduring consensus. He’s trying to solidify

ghostwriter on August 18, 2012 at 1:01 AM

I don’t know. Maybe I’m overlooking some other obvious examples of prominent Obama allies playing the race card, but so far the campaign’s been more about how Republicans hate and want to kill everyone, especially the sick and elderly, than minorities in particular.

Yes, you are overlooking an obvious example of the Obama Administration playing the race card: Unilaterally rewriting the work rules for welfare. Why else do you think that Obama opened up that old sore at this point in time? The Dems have been complaining about the racist welfare queen meme since the eighties. Obama single-handedly decided to breathe life into that issue, even though it had been settled favorably 16 years ago, with an enduring consensus. He’s trying to solidify

ghostwriter on August 18, 2012 at 1:02 AM

Content warning – but appropriate “retort”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paw_2EJBzFs

williamg on August 18, 2012 at 1:12 AM

“And Now, Ladies and Gentlemen – THE VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!!”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfjzKYXzsjA

williamg on August 18, 2012 at 1:24 AM

Because THAT’s what Biden IS!!! —— A Minstrel Show!

williamg on August 18, 2012 at 1:35 AM

Obama’s decline among white voters.

Revenge of the Bitter Clingers.

petefrt on August 18, 2012 at 7:25 AM

…here’s Toure pretending to be sorry for what he said on MSNBC yesterday…

I asked it before, and I have to ask it again.

What the hell is a Toure?

pilamaye on August 18, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Biden played the race card? Even Obama played the race card against Hillary in the Carolinas. Democrats always play the race card. They will play the race more than ever this election. Obama got 95% of the blck vote in 2008. If he only gets 65% in November, he’s toast.

volsense on August 18, 2012 at 7:38 PM

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