You know? I'll never get this tactic that is, in my opinion, overused by certain black conservatives to get their fellow Negroes to cross over to the GOP side. I call it the "All black people are stupid but me" tactic. Which is, by far, the worst tactic to use. Herman Cain, presidential wannabe and Godfather pizza man, recently went on CNN and said the Democrats have "brainwashed" black people into not seeing conservatism and the Republican Party as viable political options. Which ... OMG? Really? That old lie that pretends like the 1960s and 70s never happened? But then, maybe Cain wasn't trying to win over any black people to the GOP with that statement. Maybe that was really about making white conservatives feel better since the GOP is routinely accused of harboring, defending and protecting bigots within their own party, rather than running them out of town.
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Coming of her "unleash" comments regarding President Obama, Rep. Maxine Waters headed to MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews where after some light chit chat about her remarks she went in on fellow member of Congress, Tea Partier, Rep. Allen West.
West, a Republican, had made comments earlier accusing Waters and others of being "overseers" on the Democratic Party's "21st century plantation." Waters countered that she found it "odd" that when West's own unemployed brother needed help, West told him to head over to the Congressional Black Caucus' job fair and talk to those he despises.
*Clears throat* *Leans back* *Prepares self*
Talking Points Memo recently covered the Tea Party's diversity-based "Uni-Tea" rally. It was part of the loosely-knitted movement's effort to show that there are Tea Partiers who aren't just your white neighbor's politically incorrect grandpa. According to TPM, it was a boat-load of fail. But in the spirit of this great nation, if at first you don't succeed try, try, try something different. (Yet kind of the same.)
Today is the National Black Conservatives Rally in Washington, D.C.! Alan Keyes will be there! Yes, that ALAN KEYES! Aren't you excited?
Or at least that's what this Associated Press story says.
Republican Party chairman Michael Steele defended his stewardship of party affairs Monday and dismissed criticism as the talk of GOP figures uncomfortable with his "streetwise" managerial style.
Asked in a nationally broadcast interview if he would step down in the face of criticism of the party's financial management, Steele replied, "No." He said some had been second-guessing him "since the day that I got the job."
And he also said that everyone's always kinda hated him and, you know? It might be racial or something, but he's not gonna let THAT keep a brother down!
Oh, Uncle Mike! It’s been so long since I was amused by your antics. I’ve been busy, you see! With the move and the job and the life and all, so I hadn’t been playing a lick of attention to you. I’m sure you’ve done something else entertaining since we last talked, but this latest performance? The one where you said the white folks were afraid of you.
Can we talk?
Salon.com's War Room chronicled a recent visit RNC Chairman Michael Steele made to the historically black college campus of Howard University and naturally, the result was not pretty. Blame it on Steele's cluelessness. Blame it on the GOP's largely failed minority outreach. Blame it on the rain, the stars or the silver moon. But whatever you do, Michael, don't blame it on you. (Even though it is kinda of your fault since you are the chairman.)
He's got the fried chicken and potato salad, ya'll! So "Ya'll come" to the Republican Party already!
From Talking Points Memo:
What ... the ... hell?
Uncle Mike, let's talk.
I realize that you feel this strange need to overcompensate for your blackness because you're a conservative and black conservatives usually catch some degree of hell from black people. I get that. Totally. And I think it's wrong to question someone's Negro-ness simply because their political views differ from yours. But DUDE, you have got to stop talking to me like I just walked out of the cotton patch. And even if I did just emerge from that field, doorag on head, I would still give you the sideye and say "Harpo, who dis man?"
Say you're a politician -- a black politician -- and you want to get elected. Statistically it's easier to get elected if your run in an area with a lot of black people. You share some causes, some interests, so it makes sense. But there's this little thing that keeps getting in your way.
You're a Republican.
First he said he would fight anyone who would try to limit his powers as RNC chairman. Then The Washington Times reported that he was cool with the opposition yanking the purse strings. Now he's all Hi-C rapping "I'm Not Your Puppet."
O Rly? You have balls now? I thought Rush Limbaugh sauted your balls and served them with a fine Chianti and a side of asparagus. Did someone loan you a pair? And if so, when JC Watts asks for his cajones back won't you just bend over and fold again?
But I'm game. Let's entertain your latest foray into Big Bad Brown mode. Wow me and the "O RLY" owl. Here we are now. Entertain us.
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