January 24, 2008

The whitest man in American

Willard "Mitt" Romney "getting jiggy" with some folks in Jacksonville, FL on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Listen closely as Mitt shows he's "down" with black culture by saying, "Who let the dogs out, Who?".

Mitt makes a turkey on white with mayo sandwich look ethnic.

But what do you expect from a guy whose church, only after the IRS threatened to revoke their tax exempt status and college teams started to refuse to play in Utah, conveniently received a new revelation from God and reluctantly decided to allow blacks to join the church for the first time.

When did this happen you ask? The 1800's? Maybe the 60's? Wrong-o. Romney's church specifically banned all blacks until 1978, and then only after they couldn't hold out against the pressure any longer.

One might say Mitt's church was a little behind the curve on race matters. (not that Mitt himself doesn't feel completely at home with black folks, mind you. Just look at the clip.


At 1/25/2008 7:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares, he is not a player - he'll be out soon.

The real story is that the fight between Hillary (or, more specifically, 'Billary') are going out of their way to piss-off the blacks and unless she can bury her hatred for Obama and offer him the VP slot, the black vote will abandon the Democrat party.

And if offered, will Obama accept a VP slot and be third-in-line (after Bill)?

At 1/26/2008 8:05 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Yeah, you're really up on things there, aren't you?

You know how much the Clintons are known for antagonizing the African American voters out there. That's why they voted for Bill by nearly 80%.

The ONLY people who insist on trying to inject the race issue into any of this is the media, and right wing pundits... period.

As Bill Clinton rightly pointed out the other day, people out in America don't see it as an issue and never even bring it up.

Yet the press keeps flogging it and desperately trying to keep it alive as a "story", far, far past the time where it was barely touched on weeks ago.

It's truly disgusting.

At 1/26/2008 11:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever you think Dope, but if SC blacks vote for Obama by a 70-30 margin, I believe that this would tell any reasonable person that indeed race is a factor - and that the blacks, who indeed have supported the Clinton's for so long, are no longer doing so.

...even if you don't agree.

At 1/26/2008 6:34 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I don't see the amount of blacks who vote for Obama as being in any way shape or form "proof" that race is a factor in this election.

What the press is desperate to stir up is the question of whether there are a large amount of voters who wouldn't vote for a black candidate, no matter what.

The fact that blacks vote for Obama doesn't suggest that race is a factor in that respect.

Any idiot knows that any candidate will automatically draw a certain level of support from his own racial or religious or regional base.

Romney got over 50% of his vote in Nevada from Mormons. Did you see the press obsessing about the role of religion? No. As well they shouldn't.

Just because a black draws black support is no sort of statement about the role of "race" in this election.

Obama hasn't always polled well with blacks, but he's been gaining significantly in the last several weeks. This suggests to me, that unlike the simplistic and divisive notion of race that everyone in the press seems fixated on, that blacks are like any other voters... they simply stand back and judge the candidates on the issues and how well each might benefit the country as well as their own needs.

That's why this fixation on hypeing some racial component is so bad, in my opinion. It's as if they're desperate to put everyone in some nice, neat box according to the color of their skin. This is only perpetuating the notion of racial stereotypes, and ignores the fact that any group of people is composed of individuals with their own individual viewpoints.

If their was a discriminatory factor based on race... as I said, if there was evidence that people were NOT voting for Obama due to his race, then that would be a legitimate issue, and discussing race in that respect would be productive.

But to suggest that race is a big issue simply because they might vote for Obama is silly.

The Clinton's have always been tremendously popular among blacks, and that likely hasn't changed at all. Blacks simply face a difficult choice, as do we all. Whether to vote for Clinton or Obama.

Some blacks likely vote for Obama due to the fact that he has a black heritage, but there are likely others who don't consider him "black enough" or who still believe that Clinton would best represent them.

The strained effort to dredge up meaning from poll numbers and then filter it all through the race issue is simply wrong and a disservice in my view.


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