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White House Signals a Political Fight Over Scalise

The White House today signaled it will attempt to use to its advantage the controversy over House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s purported links to white supremacist David Duke, questioning the decision of Republicans to elevate Scalise to the whip position.

ScaliseWhile averring that it “will be up to Republicans to decide” who they choose as leaders, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest today left no doubt the White House had also decided. Against.

“Who they choose to serve in the leadership says a lot about who they are,” Earnest said today during the daily briefing. “There’s no arguing that who Republicans decide to elevate to a leadership position says a lot about what the conference’s priorities and values are.”

Earnest noted a report that Scalise once “described himself as ‘David Duke without the baggage.'” Earnest noted that Republicans are seeking to “broaden their appeal” and rhetorically questioned whether keeping Scalise as majority whip “will effectively reinforce that strategy.”

GOP leaders so far have stood by Scalise, who was reported to have addressed a white supremacist gathering in 2002. Scalise has apologized and maintained he was not aware of the group’s views.

As the controversy has developed, some who are supportive of Scalise have said his address to white supremacists may be less egregious than President Obama’s own repeated presence in the pews during the rantings of his former preacher and religious mentor, Jeremiah Wright.

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69 Responses to White House Signals a Political Fight Over Scalise

  1. It would be entertaining to se the media go after Scalise and, at the same time, ignore Obama’s association with Jeremiah Wright (or pass it off as old news).

  2. Sadly, this is going to be all we get for two more years. The war on women failed em in 2014 so now they’ll keep the race war fires fanned through 2016.
    It’s disgusting and it demeans the office but it’s just another day at the office – or golf course – or fundraiser – or Hollywood party – or…..anything BUT actually being President. UGH

  3. Scalise’s supporters are stupid. While they are correct that Obama and MANY Dems have far worse baggage, they never learn that it’s FINE for Dems to have baggage (see Sharpton’s tax bill) but not fine for Reps to have ever been sent to the principal’s office in fifth grade.

    There are many other fine Republican representatives without David Duke connections who would make fine Whips. I really wish Boehner and his cronies would get a clue one of these days.

    • You’ve definitely got a point. Scalise may be a fine guy but with this administration anything they can blow out of proportion to perpetuate the stereotype that Republicans hate minorities will be used incessantly and dutifully repeated every hour on the hour by its media minions.
      Akin let his ego get in the way here in Missouri and we’re still paying for that. Scalise just needs to be the bigger man and resign the leadership post and take the issue off the table.
      But then again as long as Boehner remains as speaker it really doesn’t matter, he’ll just appoint another crony and the damage will continue.

      • Normally I would agree. Scalise is Boehners boy to hold off and punish conservatives in the House, despite being a member of the TeaParty Caucus.

        But I am tired of backing down. Scalise did nothing. And there is so much scum in the democrat party that it is just same old same old hypocrisy.

    • It really wouldn’t matter, the Demons would dig up another skeleton in another closet. They’re professional grave-diggers. Of course, this doesn’t preclude the Republicans doing a better job of vetting their own.

      • Or doing a better job of making the Democrats just as odious in the minds of the electorate.

        You know the bit about, “I may be fat, but you’re ugly, and I can lose weight”? The GOP needs to turn that into something like, “I may not be a saint, but at least my ideas actually work when they’re tried. Because, Lefty, if your ideas actually worked, you and I would be having this debate in Russian.”

  4. Scalise did NOT address a bunch of white supremacists. He talked with a group of constituents in the same motel conference room before the white supremacists showed up or even hung up their signs.

  5. Wasn’t it reported that he hadn’t spoken at the David Dume event? That he spoke either before or after it to a different group? And my phone will not let me correct! I know it’s Duke!

  6. “Who they choose to serve in the leadership says a lot about who they are,” Earnest said today
    Yeah, just like you Democrats serving King Barry says a lot about who you are and what you believe.

  7. Will the light bulb (dim as it may be) light up over the doddering Mitch McConnell hoary grey head making him finally realize that you cannot negotiate or “work together” with these radical, racist communists in the White House and the democrat communist party who once again are playing the well worn and despicable race card to intimidate the slack jawed, weak kneed republicans? Ya see Mitch, Dictators do not compromise ever. They may mouth the correct compromise platitudes to corrupt politicians like yourself but in the end they get their way. Unless of course you are secretly one of them. Are you, Mitch? And are you also one of them John Boehner? Well?

    • Republicans have never learned the truths you outlined and keep believing that compromise with evil diminishes it rather than expands it.

  8. “Who they choose tells a lot about who they are.” So true. A racist president who uses his office to incite riots and the burning down of businesses and constantly fans the flames of black hatred of whites by having racist Al Sharpton as an advisor and racist Eric Holder as his attorney general while spending over 20 years listening to Jeremiah Wright’s sermons of absolute hatred of white people and America tells us all we need to know about who he is.

    • for publishing some of the memos and writings of ridiculous Black Brunch.

      I must say though that it didn’t bother me that they went to places where the left liberal young were having brunch. These are the same people who support them and are willing to be the “white allies to the front”.

      Brunch — the level of the absurd.

  9. Talk all you want but at the end of the day we are still terrified to be called conservatives because the media has tied it to racism and they are the most powerful entity in this country. We will not overcome until we are not ashamed of who we are.

    • I am not ashamed or afraid nor do I back down. Racism is a hollow call. And as Thomas Sowell suggested this whole “white privilege” thing is just a shroud or a cover for “achievement”.

      Further he points out that rather than allow people to call you a racist you stand up, call them a demagogue, and make them prove it. It works.

  10. Tempest in a teapot. Pot calling kettle (insert racist adjective). Dirty rotten scoundrels, Obama, Holder and Sharpton, will dog Scalise for the next two years with four little words: *’David Duke without baggage’. To resign or not to resign – that is a dilemma. I say he should step aside and take Boehner with him. We need Trey Gowdy now!

    • Two Alinsky Rules at work here:

      * RULE 8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance.

      * RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions;

      And the MSM is cooperating 100 percent.

    • For what it’s worth, the PC’ed up version of pot/kettle is “the salt calling the sugar white.”

      What other variations can we come up with?

      “The Elephant Man calling the Phantom of the Opera ugly”…

      “Roseanne Barr calling William Hung a bad singer”…

      “Barry Bonds calling Lance Armstrong a cheater”…

      Help me out here! ;)

  11. Let me get this straight…..a left-wing black with ties to Al Sharpton and the racial stench of the Congressional Black Caucus thinks that he’ll be able to play the race card against the GOP ???

    Bring it on, Obozo !

  12. Hey inviting Sharpton to the WH to be an advisor on race relations says it all about where our dear leaders priorities are. Sharpton is also a major influence on the priorities of Eric Holder and Mayor De Blasio. OR is it the other way around??? Also the silence is deafening from Obama and Holder on the recent attacks on police. Guess that sums it up. The current administration is actively promoting civil unrest in our country. IMHO the agenda of the current administration will be a disaster for America. How did we allow this to happen??

  13. He didn’t actually speak at the conference. He spoke to a small group, some of whom were attendees prior to the conference.

    http://www.snopes.com/politics

    Steve Scalise is being hounded for having being asked to speak to a group about government policy, which he has been asked to do many times for many different organizations.