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Shirley Sherrod Affair: Weak White House v Racist Right

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Like Duncan said, what Digby said:

Shirley Sherrod is the former (and future?) USDA official who was fired because she allegedly, according to Andrew Breitbart and Fox News, confessed to not helping a poor white farmer in 1986 when it was within her means to do so.

Trouble is, the more facts about Sherrod and her speech are revealed, the better she looks. And the more it becomes apparent that the crazy right is actively race baiting. Hey, is there an election this year or something?

Then, as Digby said, the Obama Administration “panicked like a bunch of frightened little children” and made sure that Agriculture Vilsack fired Sherrod. The White house says it was Vilsack’s call and he back them, up but in the absence of any corroborating evidence I don’t believe it.

Once more, as Digby said:

Breitbart had edited the video, of course, and he refuses to release the whole thing, naturally. But that didn’t matter in this case any more than it mattered in the ACORN case. It’s nothing but a play to America’s racist lizard brain.

And today the wife of the farmer went on CNN to say that this woman had been instrumental in helping them keep their farm and that she considered her a good friend. I suppose it would have been too much to ask that the administration at least checked that much out before they hung this woman out to dry.

After ACORN and now this, I really have to wonder if the Democrats and Brietbart aren’t actually working together on a whole Sistah Soljah campaign. It’s a little bit hard to see why anyone over 10 years old would fall for the same ruse over and over again. (Hey, maybe their focus groups show that simply alienating liberals isn’t going to impress those swing voters so they need to alienate the black vote too…)

But I also have to wonder if they know what the optics of this are. If two-bit sociopathic wingnuts can scare them to this extent with obviously doctored videos, what happens when they see a real threat? Are they going to flap their arms like penguins and run around in circles screaming “they’re coming to get us, run for your lives!!?” At this point, that doesn’t seem entirely ridiculous.

Seriously, this shows tremendous weakness. Andrew Brietbart is a con artist and and right wing entertainer whose antics should always be met with a cynical laugh and a shake of the head. To fall for his schtick more than once is political malpractice.

I agree that this is yet another occasion on which the Obama Administration demonstrates a near complete lack of conviction and disdain for its own supporters. But I have a feeling that this story is about to run away from both the racist right wing media and the White House. The race baiting will no doubt work on those predisposed to respond to it positively, but if there are any fair minded Americans of whatever dermal hue, they must be or will become disgusted with this latest high tech lynching. But this latest flurry of right wingers stalking supposed black racism has a whiff of desperation to it. It’s almost as if the right senses that it will take more than just attacks on Democrats to win the elections this fall.

Maybe Fox and Breitbart have gone just a little too far for their own and the GOP’s good. Fingers crossed anyway.

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July 20th, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Obama Appointments that Make Me Go “Wha…?”

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It looks like the President Elect will name Ray Lahood (my former congressman) as Transportation Secretary. Huffpo has this latest morsel of gossip and a thumb nail of Lahood.

I do not see a compelling reason to give this particular cabinet post to Lahood. True, Lahood is not a wing nut and yes, he has voted to fund Amtrak, and against cutting Amtrak funding. OTOH it is hard to find other examples of progressive transportation votes he has cast in the House.

IMHO there are some deficiencies in Lahood’s transportation record. For example, if a Peorian wants to take an Amtrak train to anywhere, they need to drive to Bloomington or Galesburg. Indeed, If a Peorian wants to take a Greyhound bus anywhere they need to drive or hitch hike to another city. This in the district of one of the most adept ear markers in the Congress of his day.

Obviously, energy is one of the critical issues President Obama will face, and progress on energy depends largely on progress in transportation. Were there no visionary progressives available for this post?

And while I’m bitching about Obama appointments, what’s up with Rick Warren giving the invocation at the inauguration.

I’m with not Jack Black on this one.

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December 17th, 2008 at 10:48 pm