MSNBC Correspondent Refers to Florida Voters as Crackers

January 31, 2012 at 3:35 pm (Chuck Todd, Counties, Cracker, GOP, Jonathan Martin, Juan Williams, MSNBC, Panhandle, Politico)

I wonder if Juan Williams can decipher this subtle code…

Via NewsBusters:

Politico reporter Jonathan Martin on Tuesday mocked the “cracker counties” of Florida’s conservative Panhandle.

Talking to Daily Rundown host Chuck Todd, he derided, “Chuck, a lot of the counties in the Panhandle,innorth Florida, the cracker counties, if you will…more resemble Georgia and Alabama than they do Florida.” 

MSNBC anchor Chuck Todd appeared indifferent by this attack, agreeing, “right.”

Read more here…

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Juan Williams Explains the GOP Racist Code

January 30, 2012 at 4:41 pm (Constitution, Entitlement, Food Stamps, GOP, Juan Williams, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Racist)

For a guy who was fired from NPR for allegedly making bigoted comments, you’d think Juan Williams would learn his lesson that not everything on this planet can be viewed as racist.  Yet he still doubled down by trying to explain a supposed racist code being used by GOP candidates.  One of those codes, ‘Food Stamp President’ makes little sense as a racist comment, as a majority of those on food stamps are white.

Liberals such as this simply cannot accept the fact that a majority of Americans would like to see a society in which people are rewarded for hard work, and are not rewarded for staying home by collecting 99 weeks worth of unemployment benefits.

When the left doesn’t agree, then it has to be racism.

Williams is a smart guy, but this is dumb enough to not even warrant a response.

Via his op-ed at The Hill:

Two weeks ago at the Fox News/Wall Street Journal debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C., I asked each GOP presidential candidate some pointed questions about the racial politics that will play a big role in the presidential campaign.
Race is always a trigger in politics, but now a third of the nation are people of color — and their numbers are growing. With those minorities solidly in the Democratic camp and behind the first black president, the scene is set for a bonanza of racial politics.
The language of GOP racial politics is heavy on euphemisms that allow the speaker to deny any responsibility for the racial content of his message. The code words in this game are “entitlement society” — as used by Mitt Romney — and “poor work ethic” and “food stamp president” — as used by Newt Gingrich. References to a lack of respect for the “Founding Fathers” and the “Constitution” also make certain ears perk up by demonizing anyone supposedly threatening core “old-fashioned American values.”

Actually come to think of it, this sounds more like a guy who had his ass handed to him at the Fox News debate by Newt Gingrich, and simply has to keep justifying his point of view.

Get over it, Juan.

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Dear Juan Williams, Even My 10-Year-Old Daughter Understands the Value of Hard Work

January 18, 2012 at 1:38 am (America, Debate, Hard Work, Juan Williams, Newt Gingrich, President Obama, Racism, South Carolina)

I was watching the debate last night with my wife and daughter.  At ten years of age, she does occasionally surprise with her interest in current events.

She sat quietly as bed time approached, with quiet being a rarity at that time of night, and listened as Juan Williams injected race into a question about hard work.

Speaker Gingrich, you recently said, “Black Americans should demand jobs, not food stamps.” You also said, “Poor kids lack a strong work ethic,” and proposed having them work as janitors in their schools. Can’t you see that this is viewed, at a minimum, as insulting to all Americans, but particularly to black Americans?

We then watched as Newt skillfully responded, defending his stance:

Juan, the fact is that more people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any President in American history. I know among the politically correct you are not supposed to use facts that are uncomfortable. 

I believe every American of every background has been endowed by their creator with the right to pursue happiness, and if that makes liberals unhappy, I’m going to continue to find ways to help poor people learn how to get a job, learn to get a better job and learn some day to own the job.

Off to bed she went…

The Gingrich response may prove to be a pivotal point in the debate, or it may not.  But it clearly left an indelible mark on my daughter.  The following day she penned a letter to whoever may serve as the next President of the United States.  In it, she wrote:

In Social Studies, we are learning about how the patriots put in the hard work to change America, even in the most difficult of times

My point is, even in the most difficult times in the office always remember, this country was founded upon freedom, liberty, justice, but most of all hard work.  Hard work made America what it is today.  Hard work made America so revolutionary, and if you become President, it’s YOUR responsibility to keep it that way.

Hard work – a universal attribute of Americans.  Not blacks, not whites – Americans.

Do you get it now, Juan?

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Video: Gingrich Still Fighting With Solid Debate Performance

January 17, 2012 at 10:54 am (Debate, GOP, Juan Williams, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, South Carolina)

A Newt Gingrich/Barack Obama debate would be epic, if only for the breadth of defeat that would be handed to the President.  Gingrich showed once again last night why he could wipe the floor with just about any other debate opponent, and why Mitt Romney’s coronation may be a bit premature.

Here are a few shining examples of why Newt if the most intelligent candidate in the room.

In contrast to Ron Paul’s isolationist foreign policy:

“We are in South Carolina. South Carolina in the Revolutionary War had a young 13-year-old named Andrew Jackson. He was sabred by British officers and wore scars his whole life. Andrew Jackson had a pretty clear-cut idea about America’s enemies: Kill them.”

When discussing federal jobless benefits:

“Those who’ve been unemployed for 99 weeks could have put that time to better use,” Mr. Gingrich says. “Ninety-nine weeks is an associate degree.”

In response to his suggestion that poor kids may need to work:

“Only the elites despise earning money.”

And of course this gem of an exchange with Juan Williams, who tried to interject race into a food stamp comment (h/t Yid with Lid):

The real turning point for Gingrich was his exchange with Fox News’ Juan Williams, who seemed to be saying most of the positions of the five candidates were racist in intent (OK he was probably correct with Ron Paul but not the others).

Williams asked Gingrich about his identification of President Obama as the “Food Stamp President” and Newt let him have it:

Juan, the fact is that more people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any President in American history. I know among the politically correct you are not supposed to use facts that are uncomfortable. Second, you are the one who earlier raised the key point. There’s an area on I-73 that was called by Barack Obama as an area of shame because of unemployment. Has it improved? No. They haven’t built a road, they haven’t helped the people, they haven’t done anything.

One last thing. So here’s my point. I believe every American of every background has been endowed by their creator with the right to pursue happiness, and if that makes liberals unhappy, I’m going to continue to find ways to help poor people learn how to get a job, learn to get a better job and learn some day to own the job.


Standing ovation.  Game.  Set.  But Mitt still leads the match.

Either way, it was a brilliant night for the Gingrich campaign.

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