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Chris Matthews rolls out the last defense

posted at 9:19 am on April 21, 2012 by

Ever wondered just how down the Left is on Obama’s chances, and how much they dread the swift and terrible inevitability of what is to come?  Leave it to Captain Leg Tingles to crack open the door.

Via RCP:

Chris Matthews: Let me ask you about something which is not in the polling, but I want you as experts — Barack Obama is the first African-American president, okay. Is there going to be a reluctance on the part of the voters and the political community that talks politics as we get into November about dumping the first African-American president? Is there going to be something that just wretches people? ‘Wait a minute here, this guy is going to knock out the first guy who got aboard?

Follow the link, where you’ll see Howard Fineman arguing that Obama is held to a higher standard because of his skin color, and you’ll watch as Chuck Todd posits that a Republican To Be Named Later backed out of the race for that very reason.

I respectfully submit that we witness, yet again, the absolute validation of Andrew Breitbart’s final thesis, to wit: that the ambiguous themes of “Hope” and “Change” were really nothing more than ideological beards for the class warfare and racial strife at the heart of Obama’s ideology and subsequent governance.  May I remind you that John McCain run the kind of “submission to history” campaign that Obama so easily crushed in 2008, and which Matthews seems to evoke.

Given the self-evident lack of accomplishment of this regime, there is nothing more left to offer or sell to the American electorate.  There is nothing left but guilt projection.  Whether it’s the fake #WarOnWomen or the economically risible Buffett Rule, the intended result is the same…to shame us into submission.  And now this.  Having abandoned all hope, the leg thrill has now yielded to the guilt trip.

Not only is this tactic useless, but it lacks any factual or historical basis.  May I remind you that after an equally disastrous term, New York City passed judgement on its first African-American mayor.

Bear in mind that New York’s electorate is much more forgiving (and progreeeeesiiiive) than that of the nation as a whole.  Given those realities, I don’t see too many people buying into this phony race guilt meme.  If this is what the media is going with at this juncture, I’m liking our chances.

A Spanish-language version of this post is available at El Tercer Riel (The Third Rail).

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The Fascist-Democratic Party has nothing. They can’t run on their record and have absolutely no good ideas to run on.

rbj on April 21, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Chris Matthews is a realist. He knows Barack is going down.
More to the point he knows Obama is a failure.

He also does not fear Romney as president

gerrym51 on April 21, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Not only is this tactic useless, but it lacks any factual or historical basis. May I remind you that after an equally disastrous term, New York City passed judgement on its first African-American mayor.

…which is why it’s so easy to rebut. If someone tries to play the race card, the only two questions you need to ask them in reply are “Why did voters in New York City, with a 5-to-1 Democrat over Republican registration advantage, elected Rudy Giuliani over David Dinkins?” and “Was New York City better under Dinkins or Giuliani?”

Only the hardest of hard-core left will try to argue the city was better before 1993 than it was after (and if they do, you can then further enrage them by reminding them that the difference between Dave and Rudy was so stark that even The New York Times was grudgingly forced to endorse Giuliani for re-election in 1997).

jon1979 on April 21, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Follow the link, where you’ll see Howard Fineman arguing that Obama is held to a higher standard because of his skin color

How is it credible to claim that ObaMao is held to a “higher standard” when these same idiots are seriously amazed that anyone would even think to challenge him in an election. Matthews said it:

Is there going to be a reluctance on the part of the voters and the political community that talks politics as we get into November about dumping the first African-American president?

So because he’s the first black POTUS it would awfully racist of a white guy to run against him, right? The “higher standard” is that ObaMao shouldn’t have to face any challenges? WTF?

cicerone on April 21, 2012 at 10:15 AM

[They] have absolutely no good ideas to run on.

rbj on April 21, 2012 at 9:24 AM

True. They have plenty of “good ideas”, just none that they dare share with the American public until after the election.

As Nanzi says… We’ll Just have to elect ‘em to find out what’s in ‘em.

bofh on April 21, 2012 at 10:16 AM

The ‘guilt trip’ is the progressives last best hope. The question is, will people be dumb enough to fall for it.

As for ‘being held to a higher standard’ – BULLSHIT!

For the first time in his political life, Barry is expected to produce results. The national stage ain’t “the hood”, where he can get a pass by voting “PRESENT!” because ‘he’s one of us’ and attends the local hate church.

GarandFan on April 21, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Chris Matthews: Let me ask you about something which is not in the polling, but I want you as experts — Barack Obama is the first African-American president, okay. Is there going to be a reluctance on the part of the voters and the political community that talks politics as we get into November about dumping the first African-American president? Is there going to be something that just wretches people? ‘Wait a minute here, this guy is going to knock out the first guy who got aboard?

Capt. Tingles (BODF) on April 19, 2012 on some station nobody watches except RCP employees, sadly

Tingles, to his credit, inadvertently addresses an issue that the liberal journalism community was afraid to address in the 2008 election. Part of the reason that the media refused to vet Barack Obama was because none of those young liberal Columbia journalism grads wanted to be forever marked, in liberals circles, as the one who torpedoed the first actual chance a black man had at attaining the highest office in the land. That journalist would have no Pulitzer in his or her future, there would be cocktail parties on the Upper East Side, the poor kid would be a pariah. The liberals would appropriate said journalist’s name to be used in the manner that we use the name “Bork.”

Live by racial politics, die by racial politics.

mintycrys on April 21, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Whether Obama has been ‘held to a higher standard’ is moot, since his performance has failed to come close to even the normal standard.

PersonFromPorlock on April 21, 2012 at 12:02 PM

May I remind you that after an equally disastrous term, New York City passed judgement on its first African-American mayor.

On the flip side, here in the capital of the Confederacy, Doug Wilder was elected the first African American governor of Virginia and demonstrated that he could work with both sides of the aisle as a very popular governor. He didn’t need to play the race card, but instead used brains, experience, and competence to do what he thought best for all of the citizens of the Commonwealth. Had he been able to run again (Virginia does not allow anyone to serve as governor for consecutive terms), I have no doubt that he would have been re-elected. He remains well respected and well liked by liberals and conservatives alike.

College Prof on April 21, 2012 at 1:01 PM

You can tell he’s nervous.

rubberneck on April 21, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Is there going to be a reluctance on the part of the voters and the political community that talks politics as we get into November about dumping the first African-American president?

Let me respond simply to Chris Matthews’ question. Which is more important–the economic well-being of 350 million Americans, or making a gesture to prove that we are no longer racist?

Race only matters to the left. The right has moved on. To paraphrase a certain football coach, I don’t care whether you’re black, white, green, or purple. If you’re president, I want you to promote policies that will spur economic growth and safeguard the freedoms of this country’s citizens.

Mohonri on April 21, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Let me respond simply to Chris Matthews’ question. Which is more important–the economic well-being of 350 million Americans, or making a gesture to prove that we are no longer racist?

We already made the “we’re so totally not racist anymore guys” gesture when we voted for the least qualified presidential candidate ever. If he was the same guy but white, Hillary would have CRUSHED him and even if he somehow made it past her I’d be willing to bet that even McCain would have beaten him. Not by much, but still. But no, Obama’s black, we have white guilt, now we have buyers remorse. The difference is, this time the white guilt is gone. We voted for the black guy to show how down with minorities we are and now most people (who aren’t democrats anyway) care more about fixing our terrible economy and getting rid of Obamacare than they do about Obama’s ability to tan. If he wins it’ll be because people are stupid, not scared of being called racist.

Cyhort on April 21, 2012 at 11:15 PM

Let me respond simply to Chris Matthews’ question. Which is more important–the economic well-being of 350 million Americans, or making a gesture to prove that we are no longer racist?

Mohonri on April 21, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Which we all know doesn’t work anyway. When people had issues with Bush it was attributed to policy, with Obama the first (and only card) the MSM plays is race. So regardless the nation still gets called racist if they don’t fawn over a guy whose is giving Jimmy Carter a serious run for his money of being one of the worst presidents in modern history- and he is doing it by copying some of the same things that put both Carter and Hoover in that running.

Betenoire on April 22, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Too bad Matthews didn’t feel that way about Cain.

DrAllecon on April 23, 2012 at 12:26 PM