An echo of our many articles about the “Mistake in ’08″ and the foolishness of Obama’s Situation Comedy coalition, comes regarding the in this assessment from National Journal on the current state of the race:
“Meanwhile, the Obama turnout machine isn’t quite as valuable in the more homogeneous battleground states — Iowa, Ohio, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire — that make up the president’s firewall. These states have older, whiter electorates. The name of the game for Democrats here is persuasion as much as mobilization. In Ohio, Obama’s campaign strategy is clear: making Romney’s opposition to the auto bailout a central part of the bid to hold onto enough working-class whites to win the state.
But it’s also becoming clear that it’s not just Ohio, Iowa, and Wisconsin that are looking winnable for Romney–it’s the entire swath of competitive Midwestern and Rust Belt states that share demographic similarities, and where Republicans made significant gains during the 2010 midterms. Obama holds a small lead in Ohio thanks to the auto bailout, but the issues driving the electorate in neighboring states are more favorable to Republicans.
The Obama campaign is on the air in Minnesota, and it sent former President Clinton to Minneapolis and Duluth to shore up his standing this week. That comes in the wake of a Minneapolis Star-Tribune poll showing Obama with a mere 3-point lead, 47 percent to 44 percent. Obama is bleeding support from working-class white voters upstate [sic] over his health care law and energy policies. Also worth remembering: Obama won Minnesota by a narrower margin in 2008 (55 percent of the vote) than he did Wisconsin (56 percent of the vote), which has long been considered a toss-up.
So that's the presidential race. Now what I want to write about.
I've now seen it all.
For years, I've listened to the Andrew Dice Clays and the Kramer from Seinfeld (I'm not even going to look up his name) and everyone in between that's said a racist thing insist they were just joking.
Like we're supposed to say, "Oh, it was a joke? I didn't get that. Now that you've told me it's a joke though, let me laugh. Ha ha ha! Oh, that's funny. It was a joke. Okay, that's makes it all better."
It's usually not a joke and if it is a joke it's usually a racist one.
And I've seen that over and over and over.
I saw it again today.
But with a twist.
Remember my post last night? "Rev. Lowery needs to repent"? Well there's an update. To recap, he said as a teen he thought White people would go to hell, then he said that he got older he felt differently but now he feels like he did when he was young.
Jeff Hullinger (11 Alive -- link is video and text) reports:
"I said it was a joke we used to tell," Lowery told 11Alive's Jeff Hullinger. "Clearly it was a joke, and I said it to the reporter it was a joke. I don't know why he would give any credibility to that it was clearly a joke."
I have now seen it all. When a Black person -- an icon, no less -- would make racist remarks and then, when called on them, insist it was a joke.
It's not funny.
You should be ashamed of yourself, Rev. Lowery. You don't need to go out in public anymore. Clearly, at 91, you have several screws loose and, like the grandma on "Raising Hope," you can't be trusted to speak in public. So sit your ass down and find some hobbies. You embarrassed yourself and, worse yet, you embarrassed brave Civil Rights leaders -- dead and still living -- who were your peers.
Shame on you.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"