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White House Plays the Race Card, of Course

Seems like a good way to run the country. Brand your opponents as racist.

I mean, the guy isn’t even running for reelection again. At this point, for President Obama, playing the race card is just sport.

That’s exactly what the White House did Monday. Knowing full well Republicans plan to keep Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana in the leadership as majority whip, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest suggested in no unmistakable terms that to do so was racist. It only follows that Republican leaders must be racist.

That Earnest used the Scalise controversy to pivot to an indictment of Republicans with about the worst charge that can be lodged against them is unfortunately too typical of a White House that routinely claims moral superiority for itself and divides the country with bilious attacks.

Obama, through Earnest, could not merely against Scalise’s selection. He had to talk about Republican “values.” Earnest said:

There is no arguing that who Republicans decide to elevate into a leadership position says a lot about what the conference’s priorities and values are. I mean, ultimately, Mr. Scalise reportedly described himself as David Duke without the baggage. So it will be up to Republicans to decide what that says about their conference.

Scalise has denied knowingly addressing a gathering of David Duke’s racist followers, and there is some evidence he may not have done so at all. The comment about Duke “without the baggage” is based on one person’s allegation. And if Scalise said it, he may have just meant that he was a conservative minus Duke’s racism. Of course, for this White House, conservatism and racism are inseparable.

But I’m not writing to defend Steve Scalise. It’s still unclear what the extent of Scalise’s association with Duke and his ilk was. The allegations may be based in truth. Which is just the point – the White House is joining the effort to destroy this man and use it to demonize Republicans before the jury has even come in.

It will. Believe me, journalists are probably all over this in a way they never investigated Benghazi.

But while Scalise’s ties to racist figures remains unproven, there was one leader of a political party who in fact acknowledged belonging to the Ku Klux Klan.


This man, a former Exalted Cyclops of the Klan who later opposed desegregation and the Civil Rights Act, was the Democratic leader for 12 years from 1977-1989 and, yes, majority whip at the very moment in 2002 that Scalise was supposedly addressing the Duke meeting. What’s more, he was an unrepentant liberal statist who in his many years on the appropriations committee and as its chair allotted billions of taxpayer dollars to untold numbers of government projects and programs.

What does Obama think the late Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia says about Democrats?

28 thoughts on “White House Plays the Race Card, of Course”

    1. Constantly playing the race card. But Obama and his ilk are the biggest racists in this country. Stirring the pot for votes, thats all they do. Trying to act like its 1960’s again, no shame, no integrity, no truth, The administration acts like the Mafia, constantly getting even, getting even for what? Power crazy bunch. Pure evil, Obama laughs at us all the way to the bank with our money!

  1. Is Pelosi running against Boehner too ? I don’t get this roll call vote. Others have the GOP nom too, so can unopposed Pelosi be Speaker again if she gets more votes than JB ?

    1. While it’s been speculated by some none of this can lead to Pelosi getting in. The weeds of the House rules are tall and tangled but it’s still a lock that even if they get the 29 to deny Boehner first ballot win, he’ll still either win after that or another Republican would become Speaker.

      1. They didn’t get to 29 Geoff, they got to 28.
        Trey Gowdy did not vote. He is a puss.
        Boehner is the Speaker elect.
        That is according to C-Span.
        Boehner is the new thug, and my guess is that he intimidated enough reps to secure his position.
        So we do our best to elect Tea Party people, and they screw us.
        No freaking guts !
        Every one of them should be notified that they are out of office in the next election.

        Watching that was disgusting.

    2. I think I read once that you don’t even have to be a congress person to get elected, if you get enough votes for Speaker. In other words, it would be possible for an outsider to get the job. Sure would not want stretch Pelosi to get it again!

  2. So who in the WH press corps will follow up this week with:
    Josh: You used the guilt by association analogy yesterday regarding Steve Scalise, David Duke and the Republican Party. Does the same analogy also apply with the President and Al Sharpton, Bill Ayers, Frank Marshall Davis, Saul Alinsky, Fidel and Raul Castro, Jeremiah Wright, Van Jones, Cass Sunstein, George Soros, young Barack’s attendance at Socialist Scholars conferences, O’s admiration for Harold Washington, etc..etc..etc…
    If the White House standard is now guilt by association, will the President be turning himself in anytime soon?

    1. Excellent summation of Obama’s left-wing past.
      His Majesty is guilty of far more racist associations, advisors, close friends cohorts that Scalise (or maybe even Robert Byrd) could hope to be.
      Byrd did eventually express regret for his actions….all Obama ever does is throw those people who make him look bad under the bus or deny having known them.

  3. Obama has the deck that is 100% race card. He deals it out over and over again. And the Dems and the media run with it — it is vile. I can barely stand to listen to any of these people speak. They are repulsive.

    1. Now listen here missy, it’s high time you learn to check your privilege at the door. (And common sense, and the ability to think for yourself, and a desire to be responsible for said self, and any archaic thoughts of national pride, patriotism and old white guys in wigs.)

      1. Funny. Now listen here Missy…was enough. :)

        Seriously it’s achievement that they are trying to shroud with white privilege and I will never leave home without it.

        Seriously if more people stood up and made the accusers prove the racism on hand there would be less free use of it. They get away with it because they can. A recent article by Thomas Sowell made me sit up and recommit.

        And let’s face it when you get these people one on one to prove their accusations they dissolve into a puddle of mush that they cannot swim out of. And that is fun.

  4. Speaking of racists, one of the cops who was shot Sunday night is not happy that De Commie horned his way into his hospital room.

  5. So an elected official might have spoken to a group that might have included David Duke sitting in the audience; so what?
    This call of racism! RACISTS! day after day is counterproductive, and oh, so tiresome.

  6. The race card is useless but the idea of Scalise keeping his position in the house leadership is sickening. Get some new blood in there with no ideas that are not caught up in ideology all day/everyday for once!

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