The Morons Are Coming, The Morons Are Coming!

So Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) made the rather obvious and understated comment that the South “has not always been the friendliest place for African Americans.”  Yeah, you could say slavery and lynchings and discrimination in every aspect of life are kind of “unfriendly.”  Or you could be the GOP and go absolutely batshit.  It’s always a safe bet that the higher the reading on their outrage meter, the less there really is to be upset about.

Truth?  They can’t handle the truth, whether it’s history, economics, biology, climate science, or physics.  We already have a Congress and state houses filled with morons and on Tuesday we’re going to get even more.

Sulzberger Preferred the Wrath of Women Than African Americans

Dean Baquet, who has replaced Jill Abramson as the executive editor at the NYT, told owner Arthur Sulzberger that Sulzberger had to choose between them.  If Sulzberger didn’t fire Abramson, Baquet, the first African American managing editor at the paper, would quit, claiming “humiliation” over the job offer to Janine Gibson, who was going to become co-managing editor for digital.

Sulzberger, knowing he had to face a firestorm over an African American or a woman, decided to fire the woman.  He may have rationalized his choice by telling himself that women aren’t really a “minority,” like African Americans.  But when it comes to getting jobs like executive editor of the Times, women sure as hell are a minority.


Federal judge Edith Jones from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals was considered a possible Supreme Court pick during the Bush 43 Administration.

Now a judicial misconduct complaint has been filed against her for alleging in a February speech that African-Americans and Hispanics are “predisposed to crime.”  If you’re looking for justice in her court, you’d damn well better be lily white.

Supreme Court Rules Against Ohio GOP

In a big win for the Obama campaign, the U. S. Supreme Court denied the request of Ohio’s GOP Secretary of State to cancel early voting on the last three days before the election.

Last cycle, about 100,000 people voted during that time, and most of them were Obama voters, including the crucial “souls to the polls” efforts sponsored by African-American churches on the Sunday before.

Mitt won’t win without Ohio, and this makes his path harder.

It Can’t Be Condi

There are lots of noises that Mitt should/will pick Condi Rice for his Veep.

But he can’t.  She’s pro-choice, and that automatically disqualifies her.

Mitt is already mistrusted by the base for his flip-flops on abortion.  Sure, she could flip too and say she’s no longer pro-choice, but I don’t think that would fly with an already queasy and suspicious base.

Mitt’s trying to get credit for considering a woman who also happens to be African-American, without the grief he’d get from actually choosing her.  Typical Mitt, looking for benefits with no costs.

Mitt’s Imaginary Friends

Our lack of love for Mittens has driven the poor man to have imaginary friends — and they’re African American.

On Fox News after getting booed at the NAACP, Mitt said the black community does too support him, they’re just being very quiet about it:

“I spoke with a number of African-American leaders after the event and they said, you know, a lot of folks do not want to say they will not vote for President Obama….”

So Mittens thinks he has the black vote.  But, hell, he also thinks he’s getting his own planet when he dies.

Did Mitt ever get kicked in the head by Ann’s dressage horse?  That would explain a lot.


But Why Isn’t It Possible, Mitt?

Mitt said this to the NAACP today:

“I believe that if you understood who I truly am in my heart, and if it were possible to fully communicate what I believe is in the real, enduring best interest of African-American families, you would vote for me for president.”

But why isn’t it possible for him to communicate what he believes?  Who’s stopping him?  Isn’t it his task as a presidential candidate to explain his beliefs and what’s in his heart?  Isn’t that what campaigns are for?  Aren’t we voters supposed to compare hearts and beliefs?

While Mitt received some polite applause during the speech, he also got boos and jeers when he said he would get rid of Obamacare and when he said this:  “If you want the president who will make things better in the African-American community, you’re looking at him.”  The crowd shouldn’t have booed, they should have laughed.


Prez Tosses Cap Over Windmill

And I’m sure Mitt will pick it up and run with it.

President Obama told ABC News that he supports gay marriage:  “I’ve just concluded that, for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.”

This puts the President at odds with many of his African-American and Hispanic supporters.  Will they vote for Mitt?  No, but some of them will stay home.

The President has just spent a lot of political capital and hurt himself in some swing states (maybe created more swing states?) on something that he can’t do anything about.

An unforced error for Obama, a good day for Mitt.  This steps all over the negative attention Mitt was getting for lying about his support for the auto bailouts.

I have a bad feeling about this.  If Mitt has been dragged back into the past on social issues by the right-wing zealots, Obama may now have been dragged too far into the future by left-wing elites.  The President is right when he says that support for gay marriage will continue to increase.  But this is the 2012 election, not 2016.

The way to win is to appeal to the Goldilocks voter.  Everything in moderation, people.