Reince Priebus calls out Mo Brooks’ ‘idiotic’ #WarOnWhites

posted at 2:01 pm on August 7, 2014 by Noah Rothman

One of the more reprehensible features of modern political life is how liberal pundits, egged on by administration officials in many cases, have sought to inflame racial tensions in order to achieve some fleeting political end. It is an appalling irony that the country’s first African-American president and those loyal to him have, with only rare exceptions, thought nothing of acting in ways which harm race relations so as to bolster their own political prospects. History will not look kindly on this administration’s record of advancing racial comity.

That is not to say that Republicans do not have empirical problems appealing to minorities, and some of those problems are of their own making. There is no question, for example, that African-Americans justifiably revere the outmoded and flawed Voting Rights Act of 1964. The Supreme Court did the right thing in 2013 by invalidating the VRA’s Section 5, which shortsightedly enshrined into biding law for all time the racial realities of the 1960s. Times and people change, and the GOP was right to celebrate that victory for federalism. But the Republican Party missed an opportunity by not welcoming, much less spearheading, reforms to the weakened VRA. A smart approach to that issue may have won the GOP some goodwill with a minority group that is, at the moment, reflexively opposed to Republican policy prescriptions.

Republican strategists believe they are facing what many fear is a similar predicament brewing among Hispanic voters. While two general elections do not make for a trend, and I remain unconvinced that President Barack Obama’s electoral coalition is now the Democratic coalition, the drop off of Latino support for Republican presidential candidates from 2000 to 2012 has properly terrified the GOP. To address what they view as a political crisis, the Republican National Committee commissioned a report in 2013 (dubbed the GOP’s “autopsy” report), which proposed some ways to address that potentially lethal predicament:

If Hispanic Americans perceive that a GOP nominee or candidate does not want them in the United States (i.e., self-deportation), they will not pay attention to our next sentence. It does not matter what we say about education, jobs, or the economy; if Hispanics think we do not want them here, they will close their ears to our policies.

Notice that passage says nothing about immigration reform, though embracing reform was among this report’s political recommendations. There is, in fact, some pretty compelling political analysis which suggests Republican support for reforming the immigration system with the only aim being to amnetize illegal residents does not yield much in the way of goodwill from Hispanic voters. This passage has much more to do with tone; how the GOP talks about minority groups about their interests, their concerns, and their cultures.

In an interview with Huntsville, Alabama-based radio host Dale Jackson recently, National Journal’s Editorial Director Ron Fournier read the above passage to Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) during a debate about minority outreach.

Below is Fournier’s account of what followed:

Brooks replied, “By golly, we should not be dividing people as you just have in your commentary by race, by nationality, rather we should talk about …”

I interrupted. “That was not my quote. That was your party’s quote. That’s the RNC …”

Brooks cut me off. “I don’t care that you made the statement or somebody else made the statement that triggered my remarks, but that statement—that argument—is playing hand in glove with the Democratic race-baiting strategy, and it has to come to a stop.”

Brooks would have been wise to stop there. “The Democratic race-baiting strategy” does have to stop. But the Alabama congressman latched onto a theme – that Americans of European heritage are among the last groups which the elite political and media class believes can, and maybe even should, be discriminated against. He decided this phenomenon represents a “War on Whites,” and went on to make it a mantra.

“This is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party,” Brooks went on to tell radio host Laura Ingraham. “And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else. It’s a part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things.”

There is a right way to talk about the poisonous racial dynamic which the Democrats have cynically used to secure their advantage among minority voters, and there is a wrong way. Brooks’ strategy invites media scorn and derision, it closes minorities off to the GOP’s message, and it is self-evidently counterproductive.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus was asked if he agreed that “there is a war on whites out there.” He did not, and went so far as to call Brooks’ claim a “pretty idiotic thing to say.”

“At the end of the day, we have to be a party that grows,” Priebus said. “And that means we have to have more people in our party, not less.”

Priebus noted that it is unfair to judge a party based on the statements of one of its members. That is a game that the press plays relentlessly, and it is a standard that is never applied to Democrats. But Priebus understands that he has his work cut out for him in the effort to appeal to a broader electorate over the heads of Democrats and the media elite. In that effort, Brooks did Priebus and the GOP no favors.

When asked if the Romney campaign did enough to reach out to minority communities in 2012, Priebus noted that “they could have done more.” He added, however, that attempting to appeal to minority groups in the midst of a presidential campaign is already two years too late.

He’s right. There is a productive way for the Republican Party to perform minority outreach, grow the base, and win elections. Reaching out to white, working-class voters disaffected in the Obama-era and rapidly abandoning the Democratic Party must be part of a winning Republican strategy, but alienating minorities along the way does not help the party.

Brooks apparently knows he went too far. “Sometimes you have to use hyperbole in order to force a discussion on much more serious and fact-oriented perspectives associated with that hyperbole,” he told Huntsville News. But you haven’t heard that quote. Why? It only softens Brooks’ inflammatory comments and clarifies his thinking, which is precisely what the forces arrayed against the GOP’s minority outreach mission do not want.

Brooks did his party no service this week, and now it is left to the GOP’s committee brass to clean up his mess.

This article has been updated to note Ron Fournier is National Journal’s editorial director.


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Schadenfreude on August 7, 2014 at 5:31 PM

I have a feeling that he’s regretting his name drop earlier, so we won’t be hearing from him for a while, but there are some people here that have a long memory.

DFCtomm on August 7, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Please. Je ne regrette rien. It was a brief but fascinating time, and the girlfriend was pregnant, so I needed work.

Working for Mike Dukakis later on — that I regret.

Why don’t you quit beating around the bush and say what you really want. You want white people to feel what it’s like to be discriminated against and we deserve to feel the boot on our neck for a period of time, to be decided upon by your buddy Jesse. Then, and only then might we be forgiven for our sins.

DFCtomm on August 7, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Wrong. I just want people who kept all the benefits of the system for themselves for centuries to stop whining when someone else decides that they would like their fair share as well. You want to engage in an adult discussion on affirmative action? Fine. You want to to pretend that the system wasn’t rigged for cneturies and that people of color have legitimate grievances, even as the aftershocks of legal, violent racism continue? You’re too stupid to talk to. You want to pretend that there’s a “war on white people?” You deserve all the contempt and mockery you get.

urban elitist on August 7, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Schadenfreude

Bmore on August 7, 2014 at 5:32 PM

The film America sets the slavery record straight. You’ll be shocked.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2014 at 5:33 PM

You want to to pretend that the system wasn’t rigged for cneturies and that people of color have legitimate grievances,

Who said that? Who denied that slavery and segregation happened? Are you retarded? You want to believe that so that you can justify your desires.

even as the aftershocks of legal, violent racism continue?

Who has been on the receiving end of all the racial violence lately? You want a list of all the black on white violence that is happening every single day? Knock out game come to mind, and if it doesn’t I can link some video.

You’re too stupid to talk to. You want to pretend that there’s a “war on white people?” You deserve all the contempt and mockery you get.

urban elitist on August 7, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Why don’t you join us in the 21st century. Things have changed a bit since the sixties. I know that you can’t your power and influence were at their peak then and you and yours are desperate to convince everyone that those conditions still exist.

DFCtomm on August 7, 2014 at 5:41 PM

You want to to pretend that the system wasn’t rigged for cneturies and that people of color have legitimate grievances,

urban elitist on August 7, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Here is what you don’t seem to understand. Someone has to forgive. If minorities demand a penance, a turn in the shackles to feel what it’s like before they can forgive then the whole cycle is just going to repeat.

*Sorry for the second post, but this point came to mind later.

DFCtomm on August 7, 2014 at 5:48 PM

I just want people who kept all the benefits of the system for themselves for centuries to stop whining when someone else decides that they would like their fair share as well.

urban elitist on August 7, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Again, fiscal conservatives are more than happy to share the benefits of capitalism. It seems as if you think opposition to socialism is somehow racist.

You want to to pretend that the system wasn’t rigged for cneturies and that people of color have legitimate grievances

Who is pretending that?

On the previous page, you claimed that there’s an attack the concept of white privilege, yet you deny that it’s a war. Which is it?

corkie on August 7, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Who said that? Who denied that slavery and segregation happened? Are you retarded? You want to believe that so that you can justify your desires.

DFCtomm on August 7, 2014 at 5:41 PM

LOL! I scratched my head about that claim as well. I hope urban elitist returns to explain that claim.

corkie on August 7, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Brooks’ strategy invites media scorn and derision,

Rinse…is there anything conservatives or republican do that doesn’t invite scorn and derision from the media?

Mimzey on August 7, 2014 at 6:16 PM

hahaha, so yah, #waronwhites is great outreach. hahahahaha. you guys are so super convincing. how can anyone not vote republican now? hahahaha.

brushingmyhair on August 7, 2014 at 6:50 PM

I just want people who kept all the benefits of the system for themselves for centuries to stop whining when someone else decides that they would like their fair share as well.

urban elitist on August 7, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Do you have a list of those people that kept all the benefits?

IF these are your rules should we not know who are these people that won life’s lottery? Are they the Appalachians ? The People who live on the south side of my fair city?(Columbus Ohio). Just who are these people?

Really , you’re just another in a long line of excuse makers. Grow up little man.

CW on August 7, 2014 at 6:59 PM

hahahaha.

brushingmyhair on August 7, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Enjoy it now. Wait a couple months. You won’t be laughing like the simpleton you are. Seriously, you are about as dimwitted as they get. That takes a lot.

CW on August 7, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Why did Ned pick the name of a murdering, kidnapping, rapist, thief who tried to kill John Wayne in True Grit?

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2014 at 7:05 PM

hahaha, so yah, #waronwhites is great outreach. hahahahaha. you guys are so super convincing. how can anyone not vote republican now? hahahaha.

squattingovermirrorbrushingmyhair on August 7, 2014 at 6:50 PM

This is the best you can do? How long did it take you to come up with that?

slickwillie2001 on August 7, 2014 at 7:13 PM

From the vantage point of me and my white buddies, if there is a war, white people are winning.
urban elitist on August 7, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Then it behooves the “underclass” to start acting white or Asian. In other words, success is gained by studyingto be be approved in a capitalist/merit based economy. If Sherique can’t read and Lamont can’t think, I have no interest in their services beyond the appropriate lo-skill/pay level. Certainly not in giving them a living wage.

AH_C on August 7, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Wrong. I just want people who kept all the benefits of the system for themselves for centuries to stop whining when someone else decides that they would like their fair share as well. You want to engage in an adult discussion on affirmative action? Fine. You want to to pretend that the system wasn’t rigged for cneturies and that people of color have legitimate grievances, even as the aftershocks of legal, violent racism continue? You’re too stupid to talk to. You want to pretend that there’s a “war on white people?” You deserve all the contempt and mockery you get.

urban elitist on August 7, 2014 at 5:31 PM

LOL, you truly are one ignorant piece of shit.

Girlfriend was pregnant, eh. Was Jesse the baby daddy or one of the other brothers?

Poor little fellow your self-loathing is palatable.

You never did answer the question about what Joe Biden’s intentions were by telling African Americans that white folks wanted to put them back in chains.

Or how about this…“One thing we are going to do during this work period sooner rather than later is to ensure that women’s lives are not determined by virtue of five white men.”

That was democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Gee, now why is he calling out that they were white? And men?

Oh and Pelosi’s conversation with the voices in her head…“I think race has something to do with the fact that they’re not bringing up an immigration bill,” the California Democrat told reporters at her regular weekly press conference. “I’ve heard them say to the Irish, ‘If it were just you, this would be easy.’”

There seems to be a pattern here.

And if you are too stupid to figure it out…you deserve all the contempt and scorn your masters in the democrat party feel towards you.

They are almost laughing as hard at your idiocy as we are.

HumpBot Salvation on August 7, 2014 at 7:35 PM

hahaha, so yah, #waronwhites is great outreach. hahahahaha. you guys are so super convincing. how can anyone not vote republican now? hahahaha.

brushingmyhair on August 7, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Why won’t you answer the question? You’ve been asked several times.

Do you think it’s acceptable to discriminate against whites now?

corkie on August 7, 2014 at 7:39 PM

hahaha, so yah, #waronwhites is great outreach. hahahahaha. you guys are so super convincing. how can anyone not vote republican now? hahahaha.

brushingmyhair on August 7, 2014 at 6:50 PM

It’s not outreach at all. It’s choosing sides. You are creating that which you say you hate. When you falsely accuse someone of heinous acts they didn’t commit, when you carry out acts of violence against people because of the color of their skin, when you discriminate in hiring and education practices then you can expect to create feelings of resentment. You would think that minorities would understand that, but they are more interested in their pound of flesh, so we’ll rinse and repeat.

DFCtomm on August 7, 2014 at 7:56 PM

If only White People did not have to work for free for 350 years and if only White People were given a chance to run the country, corporations, and everything else…How different and better this country would be.. If only…

Ned Pepper on August 7, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Good Lord…what an idiot.

vlad martel on August 7, 2014 at 7:59 PM

I just want people who kept all the benefits of the system for themselves for centuries to stop whining when someone else decides that they would like their fair share as well.

urban elitist on August 7, 2014 at 5:31 PM

“All white people in America are equally guilty, but there’s no discrimination against them, because they deserve it.”

vlad martel on August 7, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Brooks’ strategy invites media scorn and derision, it closes minorities off to the GOP’s message, and it is self-evidently counterproductive.

Actually, that statement is what’s self-evidently counter productive, the political left has done everything they can to hurt whites for decades, there’s no doubt they’re much smarter about it than their racist predecessors and they’ve learned to mask their racism as victimhood, but it’s still racism and it is a war on whites. The fact that people are scared to admit it is a sign they’re winning the war, so maybe it’s time to grow a backbone and start telling the truth, until then they’ll continue the war and cowards will keep pretending it doesn’t exist.

clearbluesky on August 7, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Mo, just call it like you see it. The Race card is overdrawn and RNC PRBS needs to be rinsed out of leadership.

AH_C on August 7, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Democrats as a party are pretty racist against white males. So what is the answer if this isn’t it?

Perspicacious on August 7, 2014 at 8:20 PM

So how do we address Democrat racism against white males then?

Perspicacious on August 7, 2014 at 8:23 PM

DFCtomm on August 7, 2014 at 4:27 PM

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Wrong. I just want people who kept all the benefits of the system for themselves for centuries to stop whining when someone else decides that they would like their fair share as well.

urban elitist on August 7, 2014 at 5:31 PM

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There’s no such thing as “fair share.” … None of us qualify as an arbiter of “fair”.

Capitalism works … it’s people who either work, or not.

Why don’t you try pushing for deregulation, to make it easier for anyone who wants to, to start their own business ?

That’s where REAL independence, pride, and self-esteem come from … oh yeah, and ‘material wealth.’
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You want to engage in an adult discussion on affirmative action? Fine. You want to to pretend that the system wasn’t rigged for centuries and that people of color have legitimate grievances, even as the aftershocks of legal, violent racism continue?

urban elitist on August 7, 2014 at 5:31 PM

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WHO … “rigged the system”? … Can you answer that ?

Everybody has “grievances” … you’re going get NOWHERE demanding that the “grievances” that “people of color” have are more valid and more worthy of attention, and therefore should get front and center priority.

You’re too stupid to talk to. You want to pretend that there’s a “war on white people?” You deserve all the contempt and mockery you get.

urban elitist on August 7, 2014 at 5:31 PM

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You’re too bitter to talk to.

There is a belief on the part of the political leaders of the “people of color”, that there’s a DEBT owed by the white/Caucasian/”cracker” citizens of the U.S., to the “descendents of slaves/people of color”, and how DARE we with hold it and not pay what we owe.

That constitutes a “war”.

I have ZERO intention of yielding my ‘material wealth’ (it’s not much, but still…) to the “descendents of slaves/people of color”, on the pretense that it’s a legitimate owed debt, and how dare I with-hold payment of it.

listens2glenn on August 7, 2014 at 8:26 PM

“This is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party,” Brooks went on to tell radio host Laura Ingraham. “And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else. It’s a part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things.”

Please explain to me what part of this is inaccurate? A white child is taught by society that he is not allowed to be proud of his heritage. Instead, he is to feel guilty and ashamed.

fight like a girl on August 7, 2014 at 8:44 PM

“At the end of the day, we have to be a party that grows,” Priebus said. “And that means we have to have more people in our party, not less.”

“Except for teabaggers and otherwise icky, overly conservative people, of course,” Priebus hastily added, looking around nervously.

Midas on August 7, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Maybe you guys are smooshing republican into white? Republican doesn’t automatically mean white, although, you know, I can understand your confusion considering, you know, like, it is the Republican Party. So maybe your knee jerk defensiveness is cause, I dunno, cause of your party’s identity politics?

brushingmyhair on August 7, 2014 at 9:27 PM

That’s right — any GOPer who fights back against the Dems is “idiotic”. All good GOPers roll over and play dead.

mockmook on August 7, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Maybe you guys are smooshing republican into white?
brushingmyhair on August 7, 2014 at 9:27 PM

The Dems certainly are “smooshing” the GOP — it’s almost as if they are stereotyping (but Dems are incapable of sin, so it can’t be that).

mockmook on August 7, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Maybe you guys are smooshing republican into white? Republican doesn’t automatically mean white, although, you know, I can understand your confusion considering, you know, like, it is the Republican Party. So maybe your knee jerk defensiveness is cause, I dunno, cause of your party’s identity politics?

brushingmyhair on August 7, 2014 at 9:27 PM

I’m going to ask you a few questions; tell me – and remember, this is for posterity so be honest.

Does that much stupid actually, physically hurt? With such an apparent deficit of mental acuity, are you able to go more than a few hours without soiling yourself?

Midas on August 7, 2014 at 9:34 PM

That’s right — any GOPer who fights back against the Dems is “idiotic”. All good GOPers roll over and play dead.

mockmook on August 7, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Well, it certainly seems to be SOP.

Midas on August 7, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Maybe you guys are smooshing republican into white? Republican doesn’t automatically mean white, although, you know, I can understand your confusion considering, you know, like, it is the Republican Party. So maybe your knee jerk defensiveness is cause, I dunno, cause of your party’s identity politics?

brushingmyhair on August 7, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Are you stoned? It’s the left that is constantly telling everyone that the GOP is the “white” party.

DFCtomm on August 7, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Midas on August 7, 2014 at 9:34 PM

you should ask all the commenters that believe in the #waronwhites that question. that would explain why it always smells like poop whenever i come in here. makes sense now.

brushingmyhair on August 7, 2014 at 9:52 PM

you should ask all the commenters that believe in the #waronwhites that question. that would explain why it always smells like poop whenever i come in here. makes sense now.

squattingovermirrorbrushingmyhair on August 7, 2014 at 9:52 PM

You are either drunk or high, there can be no other explanation for your jibberish.

slickwillie2001 on August 7, 2014 at 10:18 PM

you should ask all the commenters that believe in the #waronwhites that question. that would explain why it always smells like poop whenever i come in here. makes sense now.

brushingmyhair on August 7, 2014 at 9:52 PM

You’re nonpartisan grade stupid.

I mean you do know the #waronwhites is a hashtag created by libtards to deflect from what Brooks was saying or do you?

HumpBot Salvation on August 7, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Why can’t Noah write a piece without all of the self-flagellation?

Vince on August 7, 2014 at 10:26 PM

brushingmyhair on August 7, 2014 at 9:27 PM

It’s revealing that you refuse to answer the question.

Do you think it’s acceptable to discriminate against whites now?

corkie on August 7, 2014 at 10:33 PM

I’m going to take a shot in the dark and say the comments here are all about tarring and feathering Priebus for stabbing Mo Brooks in the back. Also, a bunch of stuff about how blacks and mexicans are takers who are actively destroying our nation expressed concurrently with “how dare you call me a racist!” outragisms.

eh on August 8, 2014 at 2:09 AM

Are you stoned? It’s the left that is constantly telling everyone that the GOP is the “white” party.

DFCtomm on August 7, 2014 at 9:45 PM

And, … the GOP is the “white party”. 89% (vs. Democrats’ 60%).

Is the complaint that Republicans have no influence over their own party?

eh on August 8, 2014 at 2:29 AM

Do you think it’s acceptable to discriminate against whites now?

corkie on August 7, 2014 at 10:33 PM

It’s always been acceptable to discriminate against whites. Anti-Trust laws ‘disproportionately affect whites.’ Discrimination as an output of discernment is not a bad thing. Whites’ experiences as members of our nation has not been the same or similar to the experience our black countrymen have had. It’s never been considered sound or tasteful to curse society for having been born white. Not even in Pres. Wilson’s time. It’s always appeared weak and foolish.

eh on August 8, 2014 at 2:43 AM

When someone describes a group of people as being “too white” is that meant to be a compliment? Or an insult? Ive noticed this phrase being thrown about a lot lately without the gasps of outrage that you would expect if you described a group of people as “too black”.

bigGwillie on August 8, 2014 at 2:53 AM

HumpBot Salvation on August 7, 2014 at 2:26 PM

BRAVO!! Well said. Can’t think of a thing to improve that comprehensive argument.

fred5678 on August 8, 2014 at 3:19 AM

Wrong. I just want people who kept all the benefits of the system for themselves for centuries to stop whining when someone else decides that they would like their fair share as well. You want to engage in an adult discussion on affirmative action? Fine. You want to to pretend that the system wasn’t rigged for cneturies and that people of color have legitimate grievances, even as the aftershocks of legal, violent racism continue? You’re too stupid to talk to. You want to pretend that there’s a “war on white people?” You deserve all the contempt and mockery you get.
urban elitist on August 7, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Affirmative action is racism against whites and Asians. It is meant to give a handout to people who can’t get by on their own merits.

Anyone who gets a boost through anti-white affirmative ought to feel embarrassed.

bluegill on August 8, 2014 at 4:55 AM

When someone describes a group of people as being “too white” is that meant to be a compliment? Or an insult? Ive noticed this phrase being thrown about a lot lately without the gasps of outrage that you would expect if you described a group of people as “too black”.
bigGwillie on August 8, 2014 at 2:53 AM

You’re exactly right. There is a huge racial double standard. But don’t expect the HotAir writers to acknowledge it. They’re too busy trying to look “reasonable” and “acceptable” to their liberal media friends.

bluegill on August 8, 2014 at 4:57 AM

That war officially kicked off in 1965. It’s the liberal long war.

Liberal polices always yield the same result – less whites as a percentage of total Americans. I would add that this is not just in America – it’s a theme in many nations. The conservative party generally is made up mostly of a majority group, and the liberal party is usually some amalgamation of different groups and a small part of the majority group.

cimbri on August 8, 2014 at 5:18 AM

As a middle-aged, white male in the U.S., there is no line for opportunity -employment, education, or government assistance for business or personal welfare- that I might stand in that a person of color, or a female, or an overt homosexual, does not have the legal right to simply step in front of me.

And I’m cool with that. But please, don’t get all pi**y when after getting my face and telling me I don’t belong in the line at all I get a little defensive … in an aggressively offensive manner. Because like you, I may just be thinking of the mouths I have to feed, which, in this country, includes the mouths of everyone who just stepped in front of me.

M240H on August 8, 2014 at 6:12 AM

You can’t outdo the Pander Party, so why try? The bigger question, is why, for the good of America, which means all peoples, would you want to continue this deliberate “divide and conquer “game?

Don L on August 8, 2014 at 6:13 AM

At first glance it seems contradictory that Democrats went from the party of the Confederacy, slavery, the KKK, Jim Crow to being the party of affirmative action, racial quotas, Pigford, but it’s actually very consistent.

At core, the Democrats are the party of What Can the Government Do For You? That will always be a poor fit with race neutrality, which by definition involves not doing anyone any special favors.

The GOP has of course always been the party of race neutrality, all the way back to Lincoln. After the 1960s, the Democrats stopped being openly racist for whites because whites were becoming less amenable to racism as incomes rose, leading to Eisenhower’s CRA which meant blacks could now vote in practice as well as theory.

So a new crop of Dems rose up, usually giving lip service to race neutrality, but generally selling coercive rents to their black and Hispanic constituents, which has proven pretty effective in buying those votes.

Too many people want the GOP’s answer to this problem to be the Democrat’s answer. You’re not going to win being Democrat Lite. The right answer is to teach people why race neutrality is right and rentseeking is wrong.

Really, the GOP should probably focus on Asians. Asians get it economically, but still vote Dem way too much because of the race thing.

TallDave on August 8, 2014 at 7:31 AM

Brooks got it right THE FIRST TIME!

mountainaires on August 8, 2014 at 7:54 AM

urban elitist ? . . . . . ( tap tap tap ) … is this thing on ?
… why can’t he hear me ?

listens2glenn on August 8, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Whites are still 70% of the country. If there’s a war on whites, it’s because we’re surrendering to race baiters, succumbing to “white guilt” and are stupid enough as a class to drink the kool aid rhetoric of the left.

Maybe they should call it, “the war on idiots”!

cajunpatriot on August 8, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Urban elitist = David Duke in blackface

Tom Servo on August 8, 2014 at 9:23 AM

I’m going to take a shot in the dark and say the comments here are all about tarring and feathering Priebus for stabbing Mo Brooks in the back. Also, a bunch of stuff about how blacks and mexicans are takers who are actively destroying our nation expressed concurrently with “how dare you call me a racist!” outragisms.

eh on August 8, 2014 at 2:09 AM

I’m going to take a shot in the light and say you’re just another fukking moron.

Nailed it.

HumpBot Salvation on August 8, 2014 at 9:37 AM

You want to to pretend that the system wasn’t rigged for cneturies and that people of color have legitimate grievances… urban elitist on August 7, 2014 at 5:31 PM

No, you want to pretend that people of color have legitimate grievances, not us. We hate when you pretend that.

Actually I know what you were trying to say, you’re just too full of rage to write cogently.

So how do you propose to address these “grievances”?

Tax the country to death to redistribute the wealth? Check.

Capture the health care system as an instrument of population control? Check.

Arm Mexican drug cartels to justify clamping down on long arms in the US? Check.

Attack religious liberty? Check.

Flood the border with vermin-infested illiterate unskilled third-worlders? Check.

Weaponize the IRS to deprive opposing political views of an outlet? Check.

Shackle the economy and private property by siccing the EPA on them at every turn? Check.

Create as much dependency on govt as possible to manipulate voters? Check.

Overload govt services to the point of collapse? Check.

we’re more comfortable with Obama wielding this sort of power because he seems a hell of a lot more effective and responsible with it. urban elitist on February 8, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Akzed on August 8, 2014 at 9:38 AM

I just want people who kept all the benefits of the system for themselves for centuries to stop whining when someone else decides that they would like their fair share as well.

urban elitist on August 7, 2014 at 5:31 PM

I want to make sure I have this right, from your perspective….

Are you suggesting that I am, somehow, responsible for creating or perpetuating a system of racial spoils because I’m white?

Are you suggesting that I haven’t worked for or otherwise earned all I have (which is considerably less than many others, of many other races have) because I’m white?

Or are you simply saying that I have what I have because I’m white? See, because if you are saying that, you’re a racist. No, really. Go look up the definition of that word sometime.

I don’t begrudge anyone anything they’re willing to work for. In your tiny little mind, that makes me a racist. How sad for you.

runawayyyy on August 8, 2014 at 9:42 AM

The statement was not idiotic. It is a statement of truth. Blacks, browns and other people of color have moved beyond wanting equality. They now want special treatment and punishment of all things white.

White males have become the most discriminated against and ridiculed group in the country. The guy spoke the truth and now the RINO establishment cowers at the thought of being called racists by the same folk who already consider them to be racists. F’ing pathetic.

Doomsday on August 8, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Uh ohhhh. It looks like the Senate Minority leader is Anti-Coal. Grimes is looking better every day

Brock Robamney on August 8, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Wow the liberals here are the insane ilk aren’t they here. 6% of our population is black males and they make up over 50% of our prisoners. Blacks have a 75% illegitimacy rates. All they have done is degrade the culture and corrupt the poor whites who cant afford to move away from the government projects…But as bad as they are for American blacks, its worse every where else for them. This is there most educated and wealthy and healthy enclave on the planet, and all they do is work 24-7 to tear it down…..One cannot help but feel it is but their nature. We were warned by our Forefathers what would happen if we tried to mix the races but we did it anyway and now we live with the consequences. We have in our country for the first time a president who at his core hates America, and we can see that in the practical effects of his policies. There is no way this experiment works out in the end, and Whites had better quit being pie in the sky utopians and wake up…I recommend you read Jared Taylor and begin the process of coming out of your pod…..

Redstone357 on August 8, 2014 at 12:17 PM

It’s always been acceptable to discriminate against whites.

eh on August 8, 2014 at 2:43 AM

So, you think Mo Brooks’ statement is correct.

corkie on August 8, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Since a huge percentage of those who work are white,and a disproportionately high percentage of those who don’t work and receive entitlements the former pay for are not, I can see where MO is dead on in his assessment.Oh and there is also a war on Christians as well,Rothman!

redware on August 8, 2014 at 12:22 PM

There is a War on Whites. And Men. And Heterosexuals. And Christians (and Jews to almost the same extent). Waged by the Progtard Left.

pdigaudio on August 8, 2014 at 1:37 PM

There is a right way to talk about the poisonous racial dynamic which the Democrats have cynically used to secure their advantage among minority voters, and there is a wrong way. Brooks’ strategy invites media scorn and derision, it closes minorities off to the GOP’s message, and it is self-evidently counterproductive.

Giving the facts suddenly becomes the wrong way? We are in the middle of a war on white people and you don’t want anyone to say so? We are second class citizens in our own country!

dogsoldier on August 8, 2014 at 3:15 PM

What happened to White people that these minorities will stand there and tell us with a smile that soon they will be the majority and the inference is that we will pay for our sins…..White people somehow stopped inherently understanding that the minorities that are in America are lucky to be here: And that we owe our future generations the same backbone that our ancestors gave us. Minorities understand all this at the core, it is unspoken in front of whites usually but understood..Whites have been politically browbeaten Rince is just part of that mechanism. We need to overcome it and fast. This congressman is a Godsend for whites.

Redstone357 on August 8, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Oh urban elitist, where are yoooooooouuu ? . . . . .
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listens2glenn on August 8, 2014 at 5:36 PM

urban elitist on August 7, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Haven’t done anything for “centuries” dipshit. Pretty unlikely I’ll live even one. Enjoy being looked down upon by your/my “Latino” replacement.

S. D. on August 8, 2014 at 6:24 PM

“You old white people. It is your duty to die.”
PRO-AMNESTY ACTIVISTS SPEAK OUT!
Augustin Cebada, Brown Berets; “Go back to Boston! Go back to Plymouth Rock, Pilgrims! Get out! We are the future. You are old and tired. Go on. We have beaten you. Leave like beaten rats. You old white people. It is your duty to die … Through love of having children, we are going to take over. ”
Richard Alatorre, Los Angeles City Council. “They’re afraid we’re going to take over the governmental institutions and other institutions. They’re right. We will take them over … We are here to stay.”
Excelsior, the national newspaper of Mexico, “The American southwest seems to be slowly returning to the jurisdiction of Mexico without firing a single shot.”
Professor Jose Angel Gutierrez, University of Texas and La Raza founder; “We have an aging white America. They are not making babies. They are dying. The explosion is in our population … I love it. They are shitting in their pants with fear. I love it.”
Art Torres, Chairman of the California Democratic Party, “Remember 187 — proposition to deny taxpayer funds for services to non-citizens — was the last gasp of white America in California.”
Gloria Molina, Los Angeles County Supervisor, “We are politicizing every single one of these new citizens that are becoming citizens of this country … I gotta tell you that a lot of people are saying, “I’m going to go out there and vote because I want to pay them back.”
Mario Obledo, California Coalition of Hispanic Organizations and California State Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare under Governor Jerry Brown, also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton, “California is going to be a Hispanic state. Anyone who doesn’t like it should leave.”
Jose Pescador Osuna, Mexican Consul General , “We are practicing ‘La Reconquista’ in California.”
Professor Fernando Guerra, Loyola Marymount University; “We need to avoid a white backlash by using codes understood by Latinos …”
THE U.S. VS MEXICO:
On February 15, 1998, the U.S. and Mexican soccer teams met at the Los Angeles Coliseum. The crowd was overwhelmingly pro-Mexican even though most lived in this country. They booed during the National Anthem and U.S. flags were held upside down. As the match progressed, supporters of the U.S. team were insulted, pelted with projectiles, punched and spat upon. Beer and trash were thrown at the U.S. players before and after the match. The coach of the US soccer team said, “this is the most painful experience I have had in this profession.”

Nope, Noah, no one’s attacking whites. Nothing to see here, better not say anything about it, keep moving.

bluegill on August 8, 2014 at 7:10 PM

do you think it’s acceptable to discriminate against whites now?

corkie on August 7, 2014 at 3:15 PM

WAHH ! WAHH !! Cry me a river whitey ! PS…RACIST !!!!

Dead Pecker/urban jackass/combing my pubes

cableguy615 on August 8, 2014 at 9:40 PM

so you guys are like all RIGHT ON! to redstone357 and dogsoldier?

brushingmyhair on August 8, 2014 at 10:13 PM

so you guys are like all RIGHT ON! to redstone357 and dogsoldier?

brushingmyhair on August 8, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Why don’t you answer the question fukktard.

HumpBot Salvation on August 8, 2014 at 10:26 PM

so you guys are like all RIGHT ON! to redstone357 and dogsoldier?

brushingmyhair on August 8, 2014 at 10:13 PM

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You don’t seem to have any difficulty talking to people, tonight.
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Why don’t you take over for urban elitist, and respond to my 8:26 PM comment from last night?

listens2glenn on August 8, 2014 at 10:37 PM

listens2glenn on August 8, 2014 at 10:37 PM

about how you are worried people want your money?

brushingmyhair on August 8, 2014 at 10:47 PM

brushingmyhair on August 8, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Still not answering the question. You’re one seriously stupid POS.

HumpBot Salvation on August 8, 2014 at 10:50 PM

HumpBot Salvation on August 8, 2014 at 10:50 PM

i already answered the question.

brushingmyhair on August 8, 2014 at 11:02 PM

listens2glenn on August 8, 2014 at 10:37 PM

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about how you are worried people want your money?

brushingmyhair on August 8, 2014 at 10:47 PM

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Only in a “round-about” way.

There is NO such thing as “social justice” … there is NO such thing as “fair” as pertains to wages, salaries, and hiring standards and practices.

There is NO such thing as a “RIGGED SYSTEM” against “people-of-color”.

There IS such a thing as a “RIGGED SYSTEM” pertaining to entrepreneurs trying to start up a new business, and having the government regulate and/or tax your business into oblivion while some one else who’s in the same business and happens to be “politically connected” gets a pass on the same strict regulations and taxes.
That kind of a “rigged system” is BLIND to anyone’s ethnic heritage or color.

listens2glenn on August 8, 2014 at 11:08 PM

HumpBot Salvation on August 8, 2014 at 10:50 PM

oh yah, why dont you answer my question mr. has a little baby’s brain for a brain.

brushingmyhair on August 8, 2014 at 11:08 PM

i already answered the question.

brushingmyhair on August 8, 2014 at 11:02 PM

No you didn’t.

Do you think it’s acceptable to discriminate against whites now?

corkie on August 7, 2014 at 7:39 PM

And since urban dipshit isn’t here…answer a few more.

What was Joe Biden’s intentions when he told African Americans that a white guy wanted to put them back in chains?

Or when Luis Guitterz said white people despised “our” children?

Or when Nancy Pelosi said white people hate immigrants?

Or when Harry Reid said 5 old white guys shouldn’t be allowed to make decisions about whether a company should be forced to buy women’s health care.

even your username..reeks of stupidity, holmes.

HumpBot Salvation on August 8, 2014 at 11:16 PM

brushingmyhair on August 8, 2014 at 10:47 PM

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listens2glenn on August 8, 2014 at 11:08 PM

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( s i g h ) … now “hairbrush” isn’t talkin’ to me.

listens2glenn on August 9, 2014 at 9:30 AM

No you didn’t.

HumpBot Salvation on August 8, 2014 at 11:16 PM

It’s obvious that brushingmyhair and Ned Pepper don’t want to answer the question.

I’m quite sure she and Ned Pepper agree with Mo Brooks (just like eh did above). I’m quite sure that they both think that it’s acceptable to discriminate against whites now. They might have differing reasons for thinking that discrimination against whites is now acceptable, but I’m quite sure they both think it.

The problem is that they can’t admit that because it shows that they think Mo Brooks is right, and they can’t be seen agreeing with Mo Brooks in this thread.

corkie on August 9, 2014 at 2:24 PM

i already answered the question.

brushingmyhair on August 8, 2014 at 11:02 PM

It’s funny that you think writing a comment that deliberately avoids answering a question is somehow an answer to a question.

corkie on August 9, 2014 at 2:25 PM

corkie on August 9, 2014 at 2:24 PM

There is definitive proof that brooks is correct. Look at what Sotomayor did to the firefighters for one example of THOUSANDS.

dogsoldier on August 9, 2014 at 5:24 PM

HumpBot Salvation on August 8, 2014 at 11:16 PM

my username? now you have gone to far!

so what are you telling me HumpBot isnt just a shortened form for Humping Robot?

brushingmyhair on August 9, 2014 at 5:59 PM

listens2glenn on August 9, 2014 at 9:30 AM

you sound like a crypto liberal. are you a double agent? what are you saying? the free market system isnt a meritocracy?

brushingmyhair on August 9, 2014 at 6:00 PM

listens2glenn on August 9, 2014 at 9:30 AM

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you sound like a crypto liberal. are you a double agent? what are you saying? the free market system isn’t a meritocracy?

brushingmyhair on August 9, 2014 at 6:00 PM

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Damn . . . . . you got me. I am a “double agent”. I’ve been one at Hotair for nearly four years, now. Had everyone fooled, until you came along . . . . . . . . . . .
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OR … possibly … I’m saying we’ve lost our “free market” system some while back, and now live in a society so regulated by GOVERNMENT, that “merit”, the way we used to understand it, has lost all influence, or meaning.

listens2glenn on August 9, 2014 at 10:06 PM

listens2glenn on August 9, 2014 at 10:06 PM

did we lose the free market system or it it a big fake out nostalgia blob? when did we lose it exactly? you are a liberal i can feel it. you are almost there.

brushingmyhair on August 9, 2014 at 10:17 PM

listens2glenn on August 9, 2014 at 10:06 PM

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did we lose the free market system or it it a big fake out nostalgia blob? when did we lose it exactly? you are a liberal i can feel it. you are almost there.

brushingmyhair on August 9, 2014 at 10:17 PM

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NOOO . . . . . . . . I will never come to the “dark side”…..
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There has never been a complete absence of corruption (remember Preston Tucker?), but with the creation of the Internal Revenue Service we began losing larger increments of capitalist freedom as the agency grew bigger and bigger over the years. The National Labor Relations Board didn’t start out necessarily as anti-capitalism, but it has absolutely become that way. Then with the creation of the Federal Environmental Protection Agency, we began loosing the practice of capitalism at an exponential rate.

If only we could get rid of these Right-wing extremist government agencies, we’d be FREE . . . . . oh my god … I am a LIBERAL … : (

listens2glenn on August 9, 2014 at 11:38 PM

brushingmyhair on August 9, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Do you think it’s acceptable to discriminate against whites now?

corkie on August 7, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Answer the question.

corkie on August 10, 2014 at 5:11 PM

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