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Race Threatens to Become a Weapon in the Campaign

by Keith Koffler on June 20, 2012, 11:15 am

The 2008 campaign was remarkably free of racial talk, as the first serious black candidate for president sailed to victory in a largely colorblind campaign that emphasized his personal qualities and proposals.

Obama refrained from making his race an issue, and his opponents mostly left it alone too.

But events in the past week raise concern that race is being inserted into the 2012 campaign, particularly as a means to slander those who attack the president.

Left-leaning members of the mainstream media on numerous times in recent days have made race a part of the political equation, with many raising questions about whether conservatives are racially motivated in their treatment of President Obama.

The introduction of racial issues threatens to create a new and pernicious element of divisiveness that could create racial tensions during the campaign and induce a dangerous racial backlash after it, no matter who wins.

Following Daily Caller reporter Neil Munro’s interruption of President Obama last week in the Rose Garden, there were numerous suggestions in the media – including from veteran reporter Sam Donaldson – that Munro had been motivated by racism, without a shred of evidence indicating this might be the case.

On Friday night, HBO host Bill Maher said conservative journalist Matt Drudge was animated by racism. Drudge’s website, The Drudge Report, frequently links to articles critical of Obama.

On Sunday, a panel of mostly black reporters were asked by host Roland Martin whether black leaders were doing enough to defend Attorney General Eric Holder, an assumption that race should be a factor in whether to back an attorney general accused of numerous shortcomings and potentially illegal actions.

On Tuesday, in a remark that was hardly noticed – perhaps because such suggestions are now becoming commonplace – MSNBC host Christopher Matthews asked former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown whether House Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa’s treatment of Holder was “ethnic.”

Brown quickly said it was, prompting Matthews to comment that some Republican House members “talk down to the president and his friends.”

As the campaign heats up and attacks in general on Obama become more fierce, such talk of race is only likely to increase. And it could become a useful weapon in the hands of unscrupulous Obama defenders hoping to intimidate the president’s opponents with the threat of being branded as racist.

Obama himself has added an element of race to the campaign by dividing up supporters along ethnic lines, creating groups such as “African Americans for Obama” and “Latinos for Obama.”

If charges of racially motivated attacks on the president continue and Obama himself does not move to discredit the charges, he will be complicit in the injection of race into the campaign.

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Cooper June 20, 2012 at 11:34 am

It has already been weaponized and in use. Hope it backfires big time on Dear Leader and Company.

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Lizzy June 20, 2012 at 12:32 pm

We are being beaten over the head with it daily. MSM all day long.

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Jason June 20, 2012 at 6:14 pm

I suggest people start boycotting CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and any other non-objective, non-centrist media outlets. Let them know you are not reading their articles or watching their shows. Inform their advertisers that you ignore those outlets and that the advertising money is being wasted.

Boycott anything and anyone to do with the fascists in sheeps’ clothing on the left.

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Wellstone June 20, 2012 at 6:52 pm

I suggest people start boycotting all that racist FOX noise, BIG Breitbart, and HateRadio, Rots your soul.

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Gordon Campbell June 20, 2012 at 11:08 pm

You hate them because they and the blogs are the only source of Truth in this country-not the complicit,corrupt,dying MSM.We’ll deal with them-just like we are crushing CNN and PMSNBC and Hollywood.

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langley spook June 20, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Obama is a RACIST.

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Wellstone June 20, 2012 at 6:57 pm

No, he’s not. You are.

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Gordon Campbell June 20, 2012 at 7:03 pm

No you are.I’m rubber-you’re glue.Grow up.

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CONSERVATIVESINDENIAL June 21, 2012 at 4:06 pm

No Wellstone Gordon is not just a racist he is CLEARLY a white supremacist. The Tea Party harbors this element within there party, they’re like those Zombies on Bath Salts; they try to bite off your face if you look too hard at them.

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Jim Miller June 20, 2012 at 11:43 am

Race talk will bias the polls, but not the votes.

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YES WE CON! June 20, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Race has nothing to do with FORGED Gov’t documents.
Obama Fraud Exhibit #168: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHAM3hRI8_Y

Sheriff Joe Arpaio: “10 Times Worse Than Watergate; Biggest Media Blackout In History.”

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Wellstone June 20, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Sheriff Joe? The Boss Hogg of Maricopa County?? Please.

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Gordon Campbell June 20, 2012 at 11:10 pm

The one who has the bal ls to seek the Truth that you Leftist/Communists like to gloss over?Yeah,him.

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Rico54 June 21, 2012 at 2:56 am

Sheriff Joe is Native American. This makes “whitebread” Wellstone a racist!

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Sean Patriot June 20, 2012 at 11:54 am

BRING IT!

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Wellstone June 20, 2012 at 6:54 pm

I will bring it, and you won’t like it, but you will take it.

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Gordon Campbell June 20, 2012 at 6:58 pm

I’ve got his back and you will be a greasy spot.

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CurtP June 20, 2012 at 11:57 am

Threatens? The left and Obama have been using race since before he put his hand on the Quran and pledged to destroy this country…

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Abilene June 20, 2012 at 4:36 pm

His white half is Marxist, too.

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Toots McGoots June 20, 2012 at 11:59 am

If race becomes an issue, it’s b/c the WH initiated it. The reasons Conservatives are fed up isn’t due to B.O. being black. It’s his poor track record or policies, lying and deceit! Pull your head out of Barry’s backside and wake up!

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Wellstone June 20, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Race became an issue from the Right 2 years before the 2008 Election, and it has never stopped.

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Gordon Campbell June 20, 2012 at 7:04 pm

People simply don’t care anymore.The card has been played and it elicits a yawn.

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CONSERVATIVESINDENIAL June 21, 2012 at 4:03 pm

What card? Race is not a card. SMH

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langley spook June 20, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Barack Hussein Obama is a ‘Racist’… Will someone figure that out???

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scott June 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm

You are so right. So is Holder. The esteemed black economist at Stanford and The Hoover Institute said Obama and Holder are all about “getting even”. From the first day in office he has remained silent every time some fool, like Sharpton, played the race card. Disagreeing with the president does not make you a racist. He was and is completely incompetent, which lead many to disagree with his policies….not his skin color. It is so sad because before he came on the scene, race relations were improving daily. Let’s not forget who insured he election….whites. He couldn’t have done it without them. Let’s not forget who was the richest women in the country….Oprah. Eisenhower was the first president to hire a black man in his staff and he ordered the 101st airborne to walk black children into schools in Alabama. Democrats in congress would never sign the civil rights bill. Johnson got it signed because he finally had a republican congress that signed the bill. Both Bush presidents promoted Colin Powell to his high ranks. George W made Condi Rice Secretary of State. Can’t remember Clinton placing any blacks in senior positions. This president is a fraud and left of socialism. God forbid he wins another term.

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Wellstone June 20, 2012 at 6:55 pm

race relations were improving daily? Where? Your house?

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Gordon Campbell June 20, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Race relations will never improve until blacks stop behaving like sullen,petulant,entitled children.

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rpm June 20, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Amen

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CONSERVATIVESINDENIAL June 21, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Yes BEHAVE BLACK PEOPLE! BEHAVE! LOL your tone tells the entire story. You don’t have to say a word.

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CONSERVATIVESINDENIAL June 21, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Yes whites did vote for Obama, but not whites like you. You were busy vomitting in your bathtub. lol

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Joe E in the IE June 20, 2012 at 12:01 pm

It started the moment the last guest left the 2009 Inaugural Ball and has escalated to nuclear war proportions ever since.

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Me June 20, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Not so fast and furious. That RACE card has sailed and crashed. You cannot evoke the race card, President Obama, when you represent both races AND when America has already proven that they would vote for a black man. There you are in the White House, and you failed both races. You did THAT on your own.

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Wellstone June 20, 2012 at 6:56 pm

You will never vote for a Black man, will you.

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Gordon Campbell June 20, 2012 at 7:00 pm

I’d vote for Alan West,Herman Cain and Condoleeza Rice in a heartbeat-Racer !

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CONSERVATIVESINDENIAL June 21, 2012 at 3:53 pm

SCORE!!!! You got your token black guy or was that 2, don’t say to many you might just become a liberal, lol

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rpm June 20, 2012 at 10:57 pm

I voted for a “black man” for student body president–he won the VP slot. I also voted for a black girl as homecoming queen–she came in first attendant.

BTW, did I tell you this was 1958? “No colored” signs, while rare, still existed. “Affirmative Action” hadn’t entered the lexicon. We recognized content of character.

IMO, we have gone down hill.

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rpm June 20, 2012 at 11:03 pm

Oh, forgot a little detail. That Black kid that was Student Body VP also was Salutatorian. Went on to Cal Tech, as I recall.

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Red June 20, 2012 at 12:05 pm

`Race is a crutch for dolts and morons…. Race in this country…REALLY? if you are a racial minority in America and are unsuccessful then you are just flat-out LAZY…..

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Sailingbum June 20, 2012 at 12:34 pm

The TRUTH pure and simple..

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Wellstone June 20, 2012 at 6:56 pm

If you believe there is no racism in this country, you are just flat-out stupid.

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Gordon Campbell June 20, 2012 at 7:01 pm

The most racist people in this country are black Americans.

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CONSERVATIVESINDENIAL June 21, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Do you know what racism is? or are you just saying it? Are you talking about all of the black Americans that lynched white Americans on trees and forced the white Americans to drink out of whites only water fountains. LOL Dude get serious!

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Maud StJames June 20, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Become? Become??? The liberals have been using it as a weapon for years.

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Mike June 20, 2012 at 2:49 pm

People have finally begun to figure out how the race hucksters operate in this Country after decades of coersion. It will not be good for the Dems in this election, or elections to come until Dems purge themselves of this Racist and Race baiting element such as Sharpton, Jackson, Holder, Van Jones, Julian Bond, Andre Carson and Obama himself.

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Kevin Stowell June 20, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Race card? Really? Say it isn’t so!

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Lizzy June 20, 2012 at 12:07 pm

It was played as so many have already said before he was sworn into this
miserable era we are suffering now. As we’ve seen as this mornings use of
Executive Privilage we have an Imperial President and for reasons I cannot
fathom the right can’t seem to bring on a strong enough fight. Scary days ahead.

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Bill Smith June 20, 2012 at 2:45 pm

The right doesn’t have a problem with the fight at all. Don’t confuse the right (conservatives) with republicans. Some are both. Some are just people who stumbled into the wrong party.

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Sam Stone June 20, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Race is used as a weapon against any daring to oppose Obama.
If anyone gives in to such warfare shame on them for backing down.

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Matthew Dunnyveg June 20, 2012 at 12:09 pm

I would agree that the 2008 election was “remarkably free of racial talk”–at least openly. Axelrod portrayed Obama as the “post-racial” candidate, and the media and GOP aided and abetted this process by perversely refusing to look below the surface to Obama’s “Dreams From My Father”, a tome so racialist that it would make David Duke blush with shame. As a result, the Republicans lost, and deservedly so: They put the interests of leftwing Political Correctness above the interests of the American nation.

What’s really sad is that so few Americans understand what is going on; they think Obama is a 1940′s-style socialist when nothing could be farther from the truth. The old left used the native working class to bludgeon the powers that be in the free countries. Today, the left considers the native working class to be anathema.

What the left has done is to engage in the wholesale destruction of the culture of the historic American nation by championing the causes of ethnic minorities, and they are bringing these groups in by the millions to tear apart our country. Just as the working class was nothing more than pawns and an abstraction in the left’s attempts to seize hegemony, ethnic minorities are being used as pawns now.

Americans need to realize that we have a right to be us, and only we can be us.

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Pounce Kitty June 20, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Beautifully said! Thanks for your valuable thoughts!

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Barry Carr June 20, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Amen!

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rpm June 20, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Obama isn’t a Socialist. Honest Socialists want nationalization of the private sector. Result is the government has to run businesses and ends up being responsible.

Obama doesn’t want any responsibility. He wants to tell the private sector what to do, but doesn’t want to be around when the check for that steak dinner shows up.

I don’t know what to call him. “Statist”? Probably, but doesn’t seem to capture the essence. “Crooked Chicago Ward Heeler” works, but also isn’t very descriptive.

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Spike June 21, 2012 at 3:32 am

Great comment! Another word for it is “cosmopolitanism” … the English historian Christopher Dawson wrote about it at length … as one of the root causes of the decline of civilizations … the other root cause being loss of faith/religion as the foundation and unifying/animating force of a civilization (or nation)… if I recall, one of his best discussions of this was in “Europe and the Seven Stages of Western Culture,” from his 1960 book, ‘Understanding Europe,’

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Kris June 20, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Race has been used as a weapon starting from day one of 0bama’s campaign. It’s getting old.

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Buck O'Fama June 20, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Just another day at the races with Emperor Obama and his regime. Soon the time for honoring yourself will be at an end.

Along with your executive privileges, you little fascist.

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The MaD HaCkER June 20, 2012 at 12:11 pm

It could not be that he is sillier than a purple dinosaur? (O sorry all you purple dinosaurs out there, I think you are much smarter than the president of the united states. And you are much more attractive.) I apologize in advance if I have defended any dinosaurs of colour; O.. Other Colour. O what the heck my comment will be taken wrong anyway. ;)

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paulangle June 20, 2012 at 12:11 pm

So if I voted for Obama in 2008 I am not racist but if I do not vote for Obama in 2012 I am racist. Boy have I changed without knowing it.

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hans delbrucke June 20, 2012 at 12:53 pm

So very true. Problem is, it is racist when 96% of one race (blacks) vote for the black candidate. White America has lost because of the politically correct movement.

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JerGad June 20, 2012 at 12:12 pm

How can you say that race wasn’t part of the 2008 election when 99% of black people voted for the black candidate? Sounds like racism to me!

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Janna June 20, 2012 at 12:56 pm

JerGad didn’t you get the memo…..only whites can be racist !!

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LibSick June 20, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Their entire deck consists of race cards. They will play them all, because they have no others to play.

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mitch June 20, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Democrats always use race when they feel it will get them ahead. They are the strongest proponents for racism and division of all peoples. Divide and conquer, right? If you want to see racism alive and well, jump around some of the leftist blogs. It is amazing how much they talk about race. Conservatives are a lot more open to all and accept people for their love of freedom, not the color of their skin.

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daisy June 20, 2012 at 12:14 pm

It was free of racial talk in 2008 in public. In private things were different. I went to a mall in DC on election night and it was nearly deserted. People actually either went straight home or stayed home that day for fear of trouble. It was a surreal experience.

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Noma June 20, 2012 at 8:21 pm

I live in DC, too. There was fear of rioting if bho was NOT elected. A certain social element was threatening action should the election “go south.” Can you guess who?

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Spike June 21, 2012 at 3:43 am

Another DC resident here. During the immediate run-up to the election, I was told by one black fellow that “after next week, lady, we’re taking back this city from you” …. another black woman on the bus told me that “if our Man isn’t elected, we will burn down this country” … other than that, no fear, no pressure … I just re-upped at the shooting range and started stocking up on ammo. ;-)

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CONSERVATIVESINDENIAL June 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm

I bet you don’t talk like that when you walk the DC streets, COWARD! The Conservative Victim movement is alive and well and there is a new Conservative Coward movement headed by your leader Mittens “Nepotism Baby” Romney.

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CONSERVATIVESINDENIAL June 21, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Maybe they were at home watching the election coverage? HMMMM…..SMH

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Flipper June 20, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Nothing wrong with “calling a spade a spade.”

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BarrysHypocrisy June 20, 2012 at 12:14 pm

“Race Threatens to Become a Weapon”…..where have you been for the past 4 years?

The liberals have ALWAYS used it as a weapon. Their accusations of racism every time somebody even questioned something about Obama scared many people into voting for him just because they didn’t want to be perceived as being racist.

The liberals have always been the ones to bring up Obama’s race. The first thing they do is play the race card. That is why having Herman Cain as the possible GOP nominee scared them so much.

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Paul Kotik June 20, 2012 at 12:14 pm

What a bizarre synopsis of the 2008 election. In fact, a lifelong socialist revolutionary won 96 of the black vote (how is that not racial?) by pretending to be a descendant of African slaves, and a large number of white votes by pretending to be a centrist rather than a radical.

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drjohn June 20, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Threatens to become? Those idiots on the left have been pounding this for some time. The race card has been worn out.

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Just2old June 20, 2012 at 12:16 pm

These guys are not too bright. In 2008 they won the election with the support of many white voters. If they make this racial, they run the risk of alientating many of those same white voters. If they choose to do that, they will lose in a wave election.

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Lizzy June 20, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Did you notice we are being pigeoned holed to a micro degree. How
about me short white divorced disabled women over 60?:). It’s not funny
but I do seem remember a phrase about all American’s being equal and that oath he took he got all of us not just his voters!

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Janna June 20, 2012 at 12:58 pm

yup Lizzy butt some of us are more equal than others.

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CONSERVATIVESINDENIAL June 21, 2012 at 4:14 pm

You said it not me.

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tuy June 20, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I’m sorry,…your race card has expired.

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jack reeves June 20, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Ya’ just gotta love the left they buy a black guy a sandwich once every four years and they call themselves “progressives”.

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drjohn June 20, 2012 at 12:19 pm

How about this for a prediction, Keith?

Democrat’s theme for the 2012 Election: Barack Obama vs. A Racist

http://floppingaces.net/2011/05/18/democrats-theme-for-the-2012-election-barack-obama-vs-a-racist-reader-post/

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david ser June 20, 2012 at 12:20 pm

If we were racist in this country we would not have a black president. I cried when they voted him in, it was touching. Although at the time I didn’t know why I was crying.

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vdmboy June 20, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Keith, you have a firm grasp of the obvious

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Pronghorn June 20, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Democrat politicians and activists are racists, nothing new to see here.

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Mohammedx June 20, 2012 at 12:23 pm

“Race Threatens to Become a Weapon in the Campaign”

threatens? where have you been. The has been the modus operandi of the Democrat Party since forever…it has only been amplified since our King took the throne. Were you not aware that any differntiation with the current Admin on any policy, or even asking questions of the President today gets the Op-Ed opining over “would they have said,asked,questioned,looked at, smiled at, sang to, shook hands with, disagreed with…” if the President were White? or Not Black?? Come on now. just Google “Obama+disagree+racist” and see how many hits you get. It’s not being threatened…it’s a verteran tactic that has been placed on DEFCON 1 since Obama’s immaculation.

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Bob Larimer June 20, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Obama, Morgan Freeman and the rest of the race-baiters on the Left are in the unique position of sounding and behaving exactly as the Ku Klux Klan.
When ‘race’ is the only thing that makes you superior as a human being, you have lost all credibility.
If race becomes key in this election, then Obama and the Left will lose and lose big.
Americans are far more interested in economic and security issues than they are in who can be the most outraged over skin color.

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Lizzy June 20, 2012 at 12:35 pm

How true I want out of this monetary mess I could care less the color,
or sex of who can get us out and fast!

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Pounce Kitty June 20, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Threatens to become a weapon??? Where have you been the last 3 years? Obama uses race every day to guiltify and beat down his opposition. The downward spiral of the Obama Regime continues. But now, it’s like falling off a stool at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

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Sam June 20, 2012 at 12:31 pm

If you look at the history of the KKK, it was mostly Democrats. These same rats decided to enslave the black people in another way and came up with “The Great Society” — a total failure and an enslavement of blacks to ghettos, crime, drugs, booze and abortion of 40,000,000 or so black babies. Thanks for nothing LBJ and company.

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Dave June 20, 2012 at 12:32 pm

The horse left that barn a long time ago. Race is the first card in the DNC political deck, followed by class warfare and big labor.

The more things “change”, the more they stay the same..

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bigmoe52 June 20, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Playing the race card is all they have got. The media pulls it like a gun. And Americans are fed up with it.

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Bill H June 20, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Imagine the Rodney King riots on a national scale, this election will turn into something like that at a drop of a hat.

My advice for the caucasions is they should invest in some food, a good M-4 type weapon, and have a place to run.

The USA election of 2012 will end like the Soviet Union of 1991: the nation will go into disunion and 12 years of chaos will follow.

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Gordon Campbell June 20, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Defend your home-don’t run.You don’t see Koreans running from rioters-they all have shotguns and 00 buck.

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Doug June 20, 2012 at 12:36 pm

It’s all they’ve got. Obama’s incompetence is on display for the whole world to see and behold.

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wtsane June 20, 2012 at 12:36 pm

“he will be complicit in the injection of race into the campaign” Do you think this guy cares? This is about destroying the republic, and if it takes waving the bloody shirt to do it, Obama wont lose a moments sleep.

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John Gault June 20, 2012 at 12:37 pm

He will not only not condemn such statements. He is directing them. He, himself on the View asked why the race was close responded: “With a name like Barack Hussein Obama, the race will always be tight.” This was a clever way to say, the only reason the race is close is because the American people are racist. He should be called out on it instead of just letting such flip comments go by. Ask him, “so you are saying racism is the only reason you are not winning this time?

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He must go June 20, 2012 at 12:40 pm

“The 2008 campaign was remarkably free of racial talk, as the first serious black candidate for president sailed to victory in a largely colorblind campaign that emphasized his personal qualities and proposals.

Obama refrained from making his race an issue, and his opponents mostly left it alone too.”

What a bunch of lies. All the American people heard from the leftist media was about how great it will be to have the first black president. Anytime anyone dared question the community organizer they were called a racist. Clearly the 2008 election was all about race and the leftists are attempting to use it as a weapon again this time around. How liberal of them.

This time around the American people can see his actual failed record and judge the terrorist in the WH on that. The affirmative action president was put into office by racists based simply on his race. This time the idiot will be kicked back to the streets based on his failed presidency.

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jimonthebeach June 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm

The race card is the only card these clowns have to play. Obama can’t run on his record, it’s a disaster and he has no agenda that he can talk about. He certainly won’t brag about more gun control, health care mandates, or increased taxes. So the only thing he has left is to claim that Republicans are racial bigots.

Well, if being opposed to Obama makes me a bigot, I’ll wear that badge proudly!

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KG June 20, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Of course race will become an issue, they have NOTHING else. So when all else fails, pull the now meaningless “race” card. Notwithstanding, we may as well start preparing now, the welfare family in the WH will never give up their government assistance willingly, much less through antiquated things like FREE ELECTIONS!

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srdem65 June 20, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Yes, I am a racist. I am also a terrorist, a teabagger, a redneck, a bitter clinger to my guns and Bible, a country club elite, an enemy of illegal aliens, a recipient of “entitled” funds from the government, a right-wing radical, a moron, a special interest, a homophobe, a Islamaphobe, a xxxxphobe and a lot more. So?

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Chuck Thomas June 20, 2012 at 2:28 pm

We can only hope that all of us who are equally “narrow-minded” turn out to display our “bigotry” in November. Until I read your list, I never realized how awful I must look to the modern-day leftist.

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Tom in Vegas June 20, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Democrats playing a disgustingly dangerous game of racial manipulation that is tearing at the very heart of our nation putting at risk the great strides we have made over the last 3-4 decades.

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JamesJ June 20, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Threatens???? Thats all Obama and the dims have.

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John June 20, 2012 at 12:46 pm

In the 2008 election, voters were overwhelmed with America possibly electing its first black president and with political correctness. the thought…”how can anyone vote against Obama, since he is black?”

This time, political corrctness will not be a factor in the election. Voters will leave politcal correctness at the door, when they enter the polls.

Once scammed…that can happen. Scammed twice? No way. People leave from their misfortunes.

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Gordon Campbell June 20, 2012 at 11:17 pm

The Emperor is stark naked and so is Moochie and the criminals in his gang.

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