Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher is kind of the male version of Joan Walsh – he can find racism in just about everything. Including, apparently, the phrase, “Obama’s Not Working”. Now, to the average human being, that phrase obviously means that his policies aren’t working. But lo, to Tommy Christopher it means that Obama himself isn’t working. And in kind, that means Mitt Romney is mocking a ‘black man’ for not working. Seriously.
To actually come away with such an asinine conclusion shows that this phrase is actually working as a Rorschach test for Christopher. Most people look at this ink blot and see a benign, simple message. But Tommy sees racism and prejudice. For someone to immediately assume the words ‘not working’ must apply only to a black man, they themselves must ultimately harbor stereotypes of the lazy black man.
Therefore, I’m declaring Tommy’s post to be flat-out racist.
Via Weasel Zippers:
Mitt Romney’s ‘Obama Isn’t Working’ Banner Evokes Racial Stereotypes— Mediate, Tommy Christopher
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney rolled out a new accessory at a speech in Ohio today, delivering his remarks in front of a black banner that said “Obama Isn’t Working,” which is also the name of a website his campaign set up several months ago (in case you didn’t get the message from the banner, it was also on the front of Romney’s podium).
The slogan is a multiple entendre, but one of those entendres, intentionally or not, is evocative of a nasty racial stereotype about black men.
When I first saw the banner this afternoon, the multiple meanings were clear: President Obama‘s policies aren’t working, the Obama presidency isn’t working, President Obama…isn’t working, as in, doing any work. That’s not a nice thing to say about any president, but like it or not, it becomes a more loaded accusation when leveled at our first black president.
Just to be sure it wasn’t just me, though, I asked several friends about the banner, and four out of four pointed out, unprompted, the stereotype of the “lazy,” “shiftless” black man. One of the people I called was cable news fixture Goldie Taylor, who, upon hearing my description of the banner, said “Are you kidding me? You have got to be kidding me.”
Asking all four of your friends Tommy doesn’t prove anything, other than they are equally as pathetic as you are.
Speaking of entendres, you know who just loves to use them in his posts? Tommy Christopher.
Like this one when he used an image of Rick Perry eating a corn dog when discussing LGBT issues abroad:
Dear Garry Trudeau,
If one has to explain the difference between a sonogram and rape to you, then perhaps this topic isn’t your strongest point.
That is all.
Only in the mind of a liberal can it possibly make sense to describe a procedure which provides images and sounds of a child’s heartbeat, as rape. But the succeeding procedure, in which a doctor reaches into the mother’s womb, either with a surgical instrument or a poison and deliberately kills the child, is called a woman’s reproductive right.
In an interview published by The Washington Post on Friday, cartoonist Garry Trudeau, creator of “Doonesbury,” likened the pre-abortion sonogram required by a new Texas law to rape.
“You tell me the difference,” Trudeau said.
The Texas law, signed by Gov. Rick Perry, requires that abortionists administer a sonogram to a pregnant woman 24 hours before aborting her baby.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit upheld the law in January, describing its requirements as follows: “The amendments require the physician ‘who is to perform an abortion’ to perform and display a sonogram of the fetus, make audible the heart auscultation of the fetus for the woman to hear, and explain to her the results of each procedure and to wait 24 hours, in most cases, between these disclosures and performing the abortion. A woman may decline to view the images or hear the heartbeat, but she may decline to receive an explanation of the sonogram images only on certification that her pregnancy falls into one of three statutory exceptions.”
The court said that under the law “the physician’s unconditional obligations are merely to display images so they may be viewed, to provide anunderstandable explanation, and to make audible the auscultation.” The law, the court said, “specifically does not require the physician to ensure the woman views the images, that she understands the explanation, or that she listens to the auscultation.”
In a six-day story line that will appear in his cartoon this week, Trudeau attempts to lampoon Gov. Perry and other Texas lawmakers who backed the sonogram law by depicting the visit of a woman seeking to abort her child to the doctor who will perform the deed.
Universal UClick, Trudeau’s syndicate, is offering an alternative Doonesbury cartoon series this week to newspapers that are purchasers of the comic strip but do not want to run Trudeau’s attack on the sonogram law.
At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, DC, Newt Gingrich unveiled a ‘Conservative dream team’ ready to deploy for battle, prepared to bring bold change to Washington. Gingrich unveiled his battle plan for 2012 – rallying fearless conservatives around his candidacy like Governor Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Senator Fred Thompson, Michael Reagan, Linda Upmeyer, J.C. Watts, Kellyanne Conway, Chuck Norris and others as he takes on the Saul Alinsky radicalism of the Obama Administration.
Is it too late?
Via press release:
Here’s what some members of his Conservative Dream Team are saying about Newt Gingrich:“I have no question Newt Gingrich has the heart of a conservative reformer, the ability to rally and captivate the conservative movement, the courage to tell those Washington interests to take a hike if it’s what is in the best interests of the country.”-Governor Rick Perry“It is time for conservatives and Republicans to refocus their attention on the ultimate mission of defeating President Obama. I believe Speaker Gingrich is the bold leader we need to accomplish this mission.“-Herman Cain“Newt exemplifies the conservative principles my father championed.Strong national defense, lower taxes and smaller government.”-Michael Reagan“We need someone who has the courage and ability to communicate the truth to the American people. Someone who will explain the hard choices that we must make if we are to give our children and grandchildren the same opportunities our forefathers bestowed on us and avoid the fate that other great nations have suffered throughout history. I believe that person is Newt Gingrich. And that is why I strongly support him.”-Fred Thompson“Newt Gingrich presents the best chance for this country to defeat Barack Obama, and he is the only candidate who will lead the country with solutions that strengthen the economy as well as fight back the damage done by the current administration.”-Kellyanne Conway“My wife, Gena, and I sincerely believe former Speaker Newt Gingrich is the answer and deserves our endorsement and vote…We believe Newt’s experience, leadership, knowledge, wisdom, faith and even humility to learn from his failures (personal and public) can return America to her glory days. And he is the best man left on the battlefield who is able to outwit, outplay and outlast Obama and his campaign machine.”-Chuck Norris“When you consider where we are today, and you think about the good, old days of balanced budgets, entitlement reform, and paying down our National debt, getting tax relief; as a Republican majority, Newt Gingrich was the Speaker, we haven’t seen things like that in the last thirteen years. I am looking for somebody that will be willing to do the heavy lifting to get us to where we all want to be as a nation, and I think Newt fits that profile.”-Congressman J.C. Watts“Newt Gingrich has the solutions and ideas we need to restore this country to the greatness that it was founded upon, and I’m proud to stand with him in this fight.”-Iowa House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer
And for those who might scoff at a Chuck Norris endorsement, I strongly encourage you to rethink that stance. Not only is he a columnist for WND and NewsBusters, and very politically active, but as Duane Lester at All-American Blogger demonstrates, he brings some muscle.
Does this mean we’ll see Tim Lincecum at quarterback?
This guy misspeaks like Rosie O’Donnell eats – messy and often.
Vice President Joe Biden had his “oops” moment Wednesday speaking in a 49er-crazed San Francisco when he told a crowd at a city political fundraiser that “the Giants are on their way to the Super Bowl.”
Biden spoke at a closed event in the city’s financial District at the Bently Reserve when he made the gaffe, according to a White House pool report released today.
The comment by Biden drew immediate “good-natured” boos from the crowd, according to the report by Josh Richman of the Oakland Tribune, who was the only local print reporter allowed to cover the event.
After suggesting that the Giants were heading to the Super Bowl, Biden quickly recognized the gaffe and and explained he was accustomed to thinking in terms of the San Francisco Giants and their baseball wins. His next reference was to the “49ers on their way” to the Big Game.
Rick Perry says this, it’s national news.
But hey, that’s just Joe being Joe…
More bad news for Mittens. Rick Perry, facing a last place finish in South Carolina, is throwing in the towel. Sources are indicating that he will endorse Newt.
Will it be all for naught when the ex-wife interview comes out on Gingrich?
Rick Perry is expected to drop out later this morning at an 11 a.m. press conference and endorse Newt Gingrich, two sources confirmed to POLITICO.
The news was first reported by CNN.
It gives the surging Gingrich a huge boost heading into the final debate tonight, and the South Carolina primary on Saturday, in which he’s already closing in on Mitt Romney.
Santorum won Iowa, and Gingrich is surging.
South Carolina is shaping up to be pretty interesting.
|On to South Carolina|
Nothing surprising here – Mitt Romney is projected to win New Hampshire by double digits, with Ron Paul coming in second. The head-scratcher here is Rick Perry, finishing a distant sixth. Perhaps this will be a sign to suspend his campaign, and spend time trying to figure out that third branch of government he’d like to eliminate.
Gingrich and Santorum are battling it out for fourth, with Jon Huntsman, a moderate with no money, no name recognition, and no redeeming value as a GOP candidate, finishing third.
Fox News calls it:
Mitt Romney has won the New Hampshire primary, Fox News projects, notching back-to-back victories in the first two contests of the presidential nominating season.
Fox News also projects that Ron Paul will finish second and Jon Huntsman will finish third. Rick Perry is projected to finish in sixth place — the rest of the night is shaping up to be a race for fourth, between Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. Both candidates are pulling in 10 percent of the vote.
“Tonight, we made history,” Romney said. “Tonight we celebrate, tomorrow we go back to work.”
This should pick off a few pretenders heading into South Carolina. If Mitt wins SC, it’ll be wrapped up…
This pretty much solidifies Mitt Romney’s chances at garnering the nomination. But at least Santorum can make him work, and of Gingrich pulls it out in South Carolina, the vetting process could be extended.
Paul and Bachmann should drop out soon, so we can really focus on the legitimate contenders.
Honestly, I’ve wondered why Santorum hasn’t faired much better in the polls prior to this. He is a strong conservative candidate, with experience, and Presidential speaking abilities. Glad to see him pick up the pace with the voters.
From Fox News:
The Republican presidential candidates propelled out of the Iowa caucuses Wednesday with the race looking dramatically different than it did just one week ago.
Mitt Romney won the night, but only by one of the slimmest margins in Iowa election history.
Rick Santorum landed a second-place finish just eight votes behind Romney, turning a stunning performance out of his long-shot bid for the nomination and ending up toe-to-toe with the presumed frontrunner of the national campaign.
Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn reported the official vote count at 30,015 for Romney and 30,007 for Santorum. Each candidate pulled in about 25 percent.
The results allow each candidate to reasonably claim momentum going into the next race.
Perry is reported to be considering his options, but he only ended up about 3% behind Gingrich who is still considered viable. And the further he distances himself from that brain cramp about the three departments of government he couldn’t remember, the better he will do.
Should Perry drop out?
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At a pro-life presidential forum last night, Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry announced that he had a change of heart on abortion in cases of rape or incest — now opposing abortion in such rare cases.
Perry said his change of heart came after meeting with Rebecca Kiessling, a pro-life attorney who was born after her birthmother was a victim of sexual assault.
Kiessling told Perry:
“He asked more about my story, then he told me that I was his heroine. I thanked him and said, “Funny you say that, because my question for you is — would you be my hero? I’m alive because of pro-life leaders who were my heroes. They made sure abortion was illegal, even in cases of rape. They are my heroes and I owe my life to them. Would you be my hero too?“