Closing in on time for another “Slave Revolt”.
Closing in on time for another “Slave Revolt”.
Uncle Ben, whose candidacy is now in free fall after being exposed as a fraud is now threatening to leave the Republican Party if he doesn’t win.
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson may consider an independent bid for the White House, angry over a report on Republican Party maneuvering involving this summer’s national nominating convention, U.S. media reported on Friday.
Carson was angry over a Washington Post report that Republican leaders were preparing for a brokered convention to pick their 2016 White House candidate.
“If it is correct, every voter who is standing for change must know they are being betrayed. I won’t stand for it,” Carson said in statement, Politico and CNN reported. If the report was accurate, he said, “I assure you Donald Trump won’t be the only one leaving the party.”
Just a few salient points about Dr Carson. Seems he has forgotten a lot of things while spending life in the bubble at that hospital surrounded by intern and student doctor fawning sycophants. That seems easy to do for some folks. I wonder if the good doctor ever volunteered with folks like Doctors Without Borders?
Get out there in the real world and it will put your ego in check real fast.
It’s not racist, or even controversial, to point out that black people in the US face systemic hardships and prejudices, from increased poverty rates to higher police brutality. But as that observation, notably via the Black Lives Matter movement, has begun to attain broader attention and more influence, the only serious black candidate for president seems determined to push the discussion out of the spotlight.
Ben Carson, a Republican candidate for president, is stumping with language that underplays the need to talk about race in this country, decrying “purveyors of hatred who take every single incident between people of two races and try to make a race war out of it” at the first Republican debate.
This sort of language presupposes that the likes of black activists interrupting Bernie Sanders makes them troublemakers who can’t see beyond race. That is, in this logic, it makes Black Lives Matters members racist.
It’s an old conservative talking point that those who “see” race and agitate for racial justice are the “real racists.” But because this rhetoric has long drawn criticisms of racism for the Republican Party, it’s a small wonder that a black candidate supporting the old cause is making Carson a conservative darling.
During his August 12 campaign trip to Harlem, New York to promote “self-reliance,” Carson said black Americans must realize that “there is a way to go that will lead to upward mobility as opposed to dependency, and let’s talk about that way, and let’s not be satisfied to be patted on the head and kept like a pet.” Carson was referencing the conservative “welfare queen” contention – that poor, black Americans have chosen the easy malaise of economic dependence over bootstrapping their way to the middle class.
While touting “self-reliance” as a form of individual empowerment, Carson is de-emphasizing race and ignoring racism as a powerful social force that constrains people and limits their choices, instead redirecting the conversation America could – and is starting to – have on race to one of morality.
That is, his supposedly populist call for empowering the black community to rise beyond economic circumstances and become independent, is really trotting out the old Bill Cosby line that black communities have chosen poverty over success or dependency over mobility. “Those whole value systems, the values and principles that created strong families and gave people that kind of foundation that they needed to resist the influences on the street – those are not there anymore,” he said during his Harlem campaign stop.
But black people in America face structural barriers to achievement that begin with crowded and underfunded schools followed by a pay gap between them and their white peers regardless of the educational level they attain. When a black man minimizes this to endear him to his target base, it just makes it harder for everyone else who doesn’t have the luxury of denying pervasive truths. Carson places an unfair distance not just between himself and potential voters but between disadvantaged communities and the voting process. Why go out and vote when politicians use your community as an example of what’s “wrong” with America?
While his supporters may find his brand of “raceless” individualism and self-reliance to be compelling, communities of color – which must contend not only with the disempowering effects of structural racism but also with politicians encouraging self-blame and decontextualized “bootstraps” pathology as the path to liberation – have little reason to support Carson or any of his peers at the polls.
According to Karl Rove, the Cain campaign had 10 days to prep a story for this scandal…
So why does the “Sperminator” keep changing his story?
I mean – this is before the Long Knives even come out – of the victim’s testimony. There are a lot of other shoes that can drop here – so why is Cain buckdancing around, changing his story?
This one is hitting dead center at Cain’s fitness to hold office.
It’s a time-honored strategy in politics: When bad news strikes, hit the airwaves, tell your story—and hope that it sticks and limits the damage.
But for that strategy to work, the story has to be consistent.Herman Cain was anything but in a series of interviews Monday, leaving some to wonder if another shoe in the burgeoning sexual harassment scandal is going to drop.
Cain started the day by not talking about the subject at all during a forum at the American Enterprise Institute, saying he wanted to stick to the topic at hand, his 9-9-9 plan. Then, in his first interview on Fox News Channel, he called the allegations that he harassed two employees of the National Restaurant Association when he was its CEO “false” and “baseless.” He also, as he would later claim during a speech at the National Press Club, said he was unaware of any settlement struck between the association and either of the women.
Cain told Bloomberg News that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had investigated allegations that he had harassed an employee and found no merit to the claim—a key detail, if true, that Cain did not mention in subsequent interviews.
Indeed, by the time Cain sat down with Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren, that assertion regarding the EEOC had vanished and Cain’s story had changed. Now, he said he recalled a situation involving one employee where Cain said he made a gesture comparing her height to his wife’s height, a gesture that employee apparently found offensive, he said.
He also said he now recalled a settlement with the woman, a “termination settlement” as he termed it. The situation was resolved “without a major payout,” he said.
“Maybe three months’ salary. I don’t remember. It might have been two months. I do remember my general counsel saying we didn’t pay all of the money they demanded,” Cain told Van Susteren.
The charges, he said, had been found baseless he said, but now he couldn’t recall who had investigated them.
Cain muddied the waters further in an interview with PBS’ Judy Woodruff in which he, when asked whether he had engaged in any inappropriate behavior, he replied by saying he hadn’t but “it’s in the eye of the person that thinks that maybe I crossed the line.”
According to ABC News, Cain is continuing his media blitz Tuesday, hitting, among others, CNN and Bill O’Reilly’s show on Fox News, giving him more opportunities to find a version of events that he can stay with.
Karl Rove, the Republican strategist, said on Fox News that Cain’s shifting story wasn’t helping him—and suggested that Cain needs the National Restaurant Association to provide further details of the alleged incidents…
Roland Martin not only hits this one out of the park – it’s left the city limits!
You would think that a black man born and raised in Georgia, who was a teenager during the civil rights movement, would understand the transition of African-Americans from voting overwhelmingly Republican to strongly supporting the Democratic Party.
But the GOP presidential candidate clearly didn’t have the common sense that he often speaks of having when he went on CNN’s “The Situation Room” and accused many African-Americans of being brainwashed to vote Democratic.
“Many African-Americans have been brainwashed into not being open-minded, not even considering a conservative point of view,” Cain said. “I have received some of that same vitriol simply because I am running for the Republican nomination as a conservative.
“So it’s just brainwashing and people not being open-minded, pure and simple.”
Cain’s off-base and historically ignorant comments have received widespread coverage. In some quarters, they have been criticized, while MSNBC’s Pat Buchanan, who has a long history of racially offensive comments, didn’t surprise many by coming to Cain’s defense.
It’s not the first time I’ve heard someone question the reasons for blacks’ allegiance to the Democratic Party, but history has to be taken into account. Read the rest of this entry »
Uncle Mikkie is in the middle of a firestorm. It appears he isn’t “staying on message”… Or at least the message some conservatives want.
Mikkie puts his foot in it, with a prediction Republicans will not take back the House in 2010.
GOP tempers flared during a routine conference call when House and Senate leadership aides confronted Republican National Committee staffers over recent comments by party chairman Michael Steele.
At issue was Steele’s prediction earlier this week during his nationwide book tour that the Republican Party would not take back the House in November — comments that infuriated Republican strategists on Capitol Hill, who decided to broach the topic during the Wednesday call.
The dispute — first reported by Hotline On Call — occurred on a daily strategy call with aides from Republican leadership offices in the House and Senate, along with RNC officials.
According to a senior House aide who was on the conference call, a Senate staffer said the chairman was trampling on the GOP’s message in a week that saw several high-profile Democratic retirements. The Senate aide told RNC staffers to do a better job controlling their chairman.
Mikkie tries to dig himself out of the hole –
“He is digging himself deeper,” the Senate aide griped about Steele, according to the House source. “He’s got to stop and put an end to this thing.”
RNC Research Director Jeff Berkowitz jumped in and “offered a hard defense of Steele,” according to the senior House aide. Berkowitz shot back that the Senate official was “out of line,” which then set off a round of “bickering,” the House aide told CNN.
When questioned about the issue – Uncle Mikkie claims – “Brother’s still here!” –
After largely slipping out of the headlines for a while, Michael Steele is once again facing dissent from within his own party about his leadership as the chairman of the RNC. It all seemed to flare up anew a few weeks ago with the news that Steele was being paid up to $20,000 to give speeches, something former RNC chairmen reacted to with a healthy dose of curmudgeonly grumbling. Earlier this week he angered more Republicans when, during an interview about a new book nobody knew he had written, Steele told Sean Hannity that he wasn’t sure if the GOP was “ready” to control the House. Still with us? Good, it gets better.
Yesterday, Steele sassed his critics in an interview with ABC News radio, saying, “If you don’t want me in the job, fire me. But until then, shut up.” In a separate interview with Dennis Miller, Steele claimed that the role of RNC chairman is a burden that was unwillingly thrust upon him, as if he were compelled to take care of the GOP after its parents were killed in a car accident. “I mean, I didn’t ask for, I didn’t seek this job, I didn’t ask for it,” he said. “It wasn’t part of my, you know, chartered course in life to wind up as chairman of the RNC.” If that’s true, then Michael Steele has even bigger problems than we realized, because some impersonator who looks exactly like him went around campaigning for the RNC chairmanship a year ago.
And then Chris Matthews “Goes Street” on Uncle Mikkie –