January 17, 2006

Keep talking

What's the best hope for Republicans, despite their innumerable political problems? Democrats and their mouths:

"When you look at the way the House of Representatives has been run - it has been run like a plantation," said Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. "You know what I'm talking about."

Mrs. Clinton, who was addressing a packed house at the Reverend Al Sharpton's annual Martin Luther King Day event at Canaan Baptist Church in Harlem, continued: "It has been run in a way so that nobody with a contrary point of view has had a chance to present legislation, to make an argument, to be heard. The Senate's not that bad, but it's been difficult. It's been difficult."

Then there's inept New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who first said, in Pat Roberstonesque manner, that God was throwing hurricanes at the US for its actions in Iraq, continued:

[He] called for the rebuilding of a "chocolate New Orleans" that maintains the city's black majority, saying, "You can't have New Orleans no other way."

"I don't care what people are saying Uptown or wherever they are. This city will be chocolate at the end of the day," Nagin said in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day speech. "This city will be a majority African-American city. It's the way God wants it to be."

But he gave himself an "out," so to speak -- he also said God was upset at the black community, too, for "not taking care of our women, and ... not taking care of our children when you have a community where 70 percent of its children are being born to one parent."

Posted by Rhodey at January 17, 2006 07:17 PM | TrackBack

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If a white Republican says the word "plantation" on MLK day to a roomful of black faces, it's over. Period.

If a Republican calls for a "chocolate" New Orleans, it's over. Period.

Why should these two get a pass?

Posted by: delathought at January 17, 2006 07:54 PM

If a white Republican says the word "plantation" on MLK day to a roomful of black faces, it's over.

Indeed. Think about that for a moment.

Why do you suppose an audience of African-Americans would grant their trust and credibility to a Democrat, but not to a Republican?

As for Nagin, I don't think he's getting a pass.

Posted by: at January 18, 2006 01:01 AM

No no, a Republican would get in trouble for asking for a vanilla community, like Salt Lake City, which is how God wants it. Chocolate City, if you haven't heard by now, is a Parliament-Funkadelic song, which contains the refrain, "We're gainin' on ya."

What irks me is that the left blames the Katrina devastation on the Bush admin, claiming they were unconcerned about a black city. However, nobody feels safe postulating that New Orleans is in the bad shape it's in because it's a black city.

Posted by: G Rex at January 18, 2006 11:48 AM

Well so much for Nagin's Presidential aspirations.

Posted by: at January 18, 2006 12:05 PM

And Hillary's too......

Posted by: at January 18, 2006 01:33 PM

Hillary woudn't be my pick in a Dem primary. But I don't see how the plantation thing hurts her. She is smart enough that I think it may have even been a calculated statement rather than rash. Remember right now she's running for Senator, not President, and swing votes aren't an issue; she's got to energize her base.

If African-Americans are offended (which I'm not sure they are overall), then who else are they going to vote for?

If white liberals are offended, who else are they going to vote for?

If Republicans are offended - well, how many of them were going to vote for Hillary anyway?

I guess she could lose some soccer moms who might have voted for her just because she's a woman.

Posted by: at January 18, 2006 02:03 PM

Well it looks like they are giving Nagin a pass, and it comes from an unlikely source: Laura Bush.

Mrs. Bush, arguably the most popular person in the White House, weighed in against Hillary's plantation remarks from her trip to Nigeria, calling them "ridiculous". Once I got past the sheer spectacle of Laura Bush standing in Nigeria talking about plantations and Hillary Clinton, I noticed she let Nagin off the hook and even made excuses for him:

Asked about the comment, Mrs. Bush joked that she didn't really think she could speak for God. Then she added that she believes Nagin wants New Orleans to be rebuilt.

"He wants people who lived in New Orleans to come back," Mrs. Bush said. "I do to, and I know the president does too. You know it's going to take a long time."

Pretty smart, actually, to stay out of a black-on-black argument. I guess the Administration has taken enough heat over New Orleans already, they don't want to annoy the soggy residents even further.

Posted by: at January 18, 2006 04:04 PM

If a Republican calls for a "chocolate" New Orleans, it's over. Period.

Well, not a black Republican. If a white Republican said it, sure.

BTW, Jon Stewart skewered both Hillary and Nagin in amusing fashion.

Posted by: dan at January 19, 2006 09:34 AM

No, if a black Republican said it, they'd probably just throw Oreos at him.

Posted by: delathought at January 19, 2006 10:09 AM

That man obviously needs to take a giant glass of milk to the podium with him.

Posted by: at January 19, 2006 10:29 AM

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