The Race Card: Who’s Playing Who?

BooMan comments on Rush Limbaugh’s blatant racist remarks about Obama.

Limbaugh’s Really Pushing the Racism

by BooMan
Thu Aug 21st, 2008 at 12:34:30 PM EST
Call me naive, but I’m surprised at how Rush Limbaugh has dropped all pretext of political correctness and gone for the most overtly racist language I’ve seen in my lifetime in a high profile race.

LIMBAUGH: — you can’t criticize the little black man-child. You just can’t do it, ’cause it’s just not right. It’s not fair. He’s such a victim.

…nobody had the guts to stand up and say no to a black guy.” Limbaugh went on to say: “I think this is a classic illustration here where affirmative action has reared its ugly head against them. It’s the reverse of it. They’ve, ended up nominating and placing at the top of their ticket somebody who’s not qualified, who has not earned it.” Limbaugh added: “It’s perfect affirmative action.

Limbaugh said crap like this before in his short-lived stint at ESPN in 2003.

I think what we’ve had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well…. There is a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn’t deserve.

And then there’s Geraldine Ferraro shilling for Hillary Clinton:

If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position…. And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept.

The arguments made by Limbaugh and Ferraro are the same. Obama got the nomination, not because he earned it, but because of the color of his skin. He got the nomination, not because he’s qualified, but because of affirmative action mentality and white guilt. Of course when Obama warns his supporters that his opponents will say exactly the kinds of things Limbaugh and Ferraro say, it gets spun as Obama playing the race card.

McCain campaign manager Rick Davis: “Barack Obama has played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck. It’s divisive, negative, shameful and wrong.”

Geraldine Ferraro: “I will not be discriminated against because I’m white. If they think they’re going to shut up Geraldine Ferraro with that kind of stuff, they don’t know me.”

Most political junkies believe that the race card was played during the democratic primary and is being played during the general. Who is playing the race card and who is benefiting from it, is where the arguments begin.

Sidebar: BooMan’s post about John McCain’s flying record in the Navy is very interesting. I didn’t know the guy crashed more than once. In fact he crashed four times.

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