August 21, 2009

Use that card!!!

New York Gov. David Paterson thinks there's a racial conspiracy against him:

Gov. David Paterson played the race card in a big way today, suggesting he is facing tougher questions about his performance and political viability than the governors of most other struggling states because he is black.

During a wide-ranging interview with DN columnist and radio personality Errol Louis this morning, Paterson said he feels an effort is being "orchestrated" to get him to bow out of the 2010 race.

Paterson alleged he and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick - both of whom are the first African Americans to hold their respective positions and are tanking in the polls - are being treated unfairly by the media due to the color of their skin.

The governor said he thinks the same thing is happening to the nation's first black president, Barack Obama, who also seen his approval rating drop due to his controversial efforts to overhaul the health care system. (Source with h/t to The Corner.)

Sigh. OK, first, yeah -- there just might be an orchestrated effort to get him to bow out of the 2010 race. So? That's the way politics works. If it looks like you'll have absolutely NO chance to win because your poll numbers, popularity and yes -- perhaps competence -- absolutely suck, the party essentially has an obligation to consider a move. It's not as if it's unprecedented in the "enlightened" Democrat Party. Remember Bob Torricelli? How 'bout the 1980 Democratic primaries with one James Carter and Theodore Kennedy? Etc.

Second, Paterson thinks Obama is being treated unfairly ... by the media?? What freakin' planet does this gov live on?? Hell, that comment alone makes me question this dude's very sanity!

Paterson also said,

"And I submit that the same kind of treatment that Deval Patrick is receiving right now in Massachusetts, and I’m receiving; the way in which the New York State Senate was written about, calling them a bunch of people with thick necks - they’re talking about Malcolm Smith and John Sampson - that we’re not in the post-racial period."

It's also an indication that we're not yet in a "post-racial" period when virtually any criticism of [a minority] politician is dubbed "racist." Even when fairly obvious criminal activity is discovered, "racism" rears its "ugly head." (See William Jefferson, Marion Barry, and Alcee Hastings, for instance.)

As fellow Watcher's Council member Rhymes With Right recently commented here at Colossus, "As I've said several times and in several places, the abuse of the race card by liberals is rendering the term "racist" meaningless -- and in the process, delegitimizing it for use against the small amount of actual racism that exists in this country."

Posted by Hube at August 21, 2009 10:02 PM | TrackBack

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"the abuse of the race card by liberals is rendering the term "racist" meaningless "

I have said that for years in and about Wilmington.

The term has lost all meaning. It is only an inciteful word for creating fear and for demeaning the opposition.

Posted by: Paul at August 22, 2009 11:27 AM

Race Card - an escape clause most often used by liberals to avoid, or end a debate.

Posted by: h. at August 22, 2009 12:58 PM