If we live in such a racist country, as the friends and fellow travelers of Barack Obama have argued vehemently throughout this campaign season, how did AmeriKKKa end up electing The One?
President-elect Obama’s first order of business should be to issue a blanket apology to all the voters he and his minions derided as hopelessly bitter, clingy rednecks and inveterate racists.
Let us not forget what Obama said about the citizens of Pennsylvania and Ohio – both of which ended up in the Obama column last night. “You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them,” Obama told well-heeled donors in San Francisco. “And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
Let us not forget the nasty cries of RAAAAAAACISM from Democrat leaders Harry Reid and Barney Frank, New York governor David Paterson and Rep. Gregory Meeks. Let us not forget the whisper campaigns by the media about a nationwide Bradley Effect and the sliming of Sarah Palin and her rally audiences as unrepentant racial bigots.
According to exit polls, Obama not only nailed down his base of minority and women voters, but also took the male vote by a narrow margin. McCain held on to just over half of whites overall.
Obama won Indiana and North Carolina, where exit polls showed “he received the support of 37 per cent of white voters, a 10-point gain on the Democratic score of 2004.”
In Pennsylvania, elderly voters derided by Democrat Rep. John Murtha as rednecks split their vote evenly between Obama and John McCain. ABC newswoman Diane Sawyer reached back centuries to try and explain the outcome in Ohio – telling her audience that white voters expressed their solidarity for a minority president because Harriet Beecher Stowe penned Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Brace for more treacly, racial wound-healing analysis from now until Inauguration Day.
In the end, a majority of Americans voted for Obama because they decided the gamble on an inexperienced change salesman was worth it – whatever his skin color and however thin that skin is. To some Obama supporters, however, we’re still a nation of hooded haters. Harvard professor Charles Ogletree – a leading candidate to head up Obama’s civil rights division of the Justice Department – argued that we’re still a racist nation because Obama “happens to be biracial.”
Damned if we did, damned if we didn’t. It’s going to be a long four years.
(This is adapted from a short web piece I did for the NYPost this morning.)
I’ve got the perfect way to pass some of that time: A reprise of all of Obama’s men of bad faith. These chickens will most certainly come to Obama’s home to roost…
3. James Meeks.
“We don’t have slave masters. We got mayors. But they still the same white people who are presiding over systems where black people are not able, or to be educated.”
“You got some preachers that are house niggers. You got some elected officials that are house niggers. And rather than them trying to break this up, they gonna fight you to protect this white man.”
2. Embarrassment to the Catholic Church Michael “There’s a black man stealing my show!” Pfleger.
1. And the one and only Jeremiah “God damn America!” Wright, with thanks to the North Carolina GOP for defying the McCain camp and spreading the word: