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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Saturday Night Card Game (Legislating While Black)

This is the latest in a series on the use of the race card for political gain:

Sometimes the cards fall right in my lap:

The Politico story at issue is about how members of the Black Congressional Caucus are playing the race card against fellow Democrats over the ethics prosecutions of Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters (emphasis mine):
The politically charged decisions by veteran Democratic Reps. Charles Rangel of New York and Maxine Waters of California to force public trials by the House ethics committee are raising questions about race and whether black lawmakers face more scrutiny over allegations of ethical or criminal wrongdoing than their white colleagues....

The question of whether black lawmakers are now being singled out for scrutiny has been simmering throughout the 111th Congress, with the Office of Congressional Ethics a focal point of the concerns. At one point earlier this year, all eight lawmakers under formal investigation by the House ethics committee, including Rangel and Waters, were black Democrats. All those investigations originated with the OCE, which can make recommendations — but takes no final actions — on such cases.

There’s a “dual standard, one for most members and one for African-Americans,” said one member of the Congressional Black Caucus, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
This is like movie night.  I've seen the film before, but this time it seems so much more ... well ... pleasurable.

Democrats have been playing the race card for so long and so hard against Republicans and conservatives and Tea Party supporters that ... well ... go for it.

At least The Daily Show appreciates this guilty pleasure:
Last night The Daily Show addressed this coincidence by bringing on “Senior Black Correspondent” Larry Wilmore, who proceeded allege that the two were only guitly of LWB – “Legislating While Black.” When Stewart shot down that defense, Willard literally played the “race card” (which apparently doesn’t work during the term of a serving Black President.)

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  1. It's gotten so bad and so obvious that they made a great skit!!! Funny and all too true.

    The best part, IMHO, was when the "Senior Black Correspondent" reveals the real reason for all the cards: everyone is a "victim" and looking for a way to avoid being held accountable. There was a book written years ago on this topic called Nation of Victims. The race card is indeed maxed out.

    Great comedy. From the usually left Stewart! Finally!

  2. I'm honored! The Stewart segment is so enjoyable, but it just goes to show that the rule of the game is: the race card may only be played against the opponent to your right.

  3. The race card has gotten used so much that its now a punchline.

  4. For a while, I've been posting my version of the Liberal creed in my comments:

    Above all, Liberalism!

    Above that, Obama!

    I believe it will apply here. The CBC can pull the race card all they want. Which is classic Liberalism. But if it comes down to the fact that Obama wants these two gone, and it looks to be the case with Rangle at least, then Liberalism is out the window and Obama must be obeyed.

  5. I rather liked the "I'm the only [fill in the blank] who works here" card...

  6. Priceless. It's especially amusing to me in light of the fact that the CBC denied membership to New Orleans Congressman Anh "Joseph" Cao, the first Congressman of Vietnamese heritage. Of course, his attempt to join the Black Caucus struck me as a little odd at the time (and still does). Cao explained his attempt to join the Caucus as a means to represent the bulk of his constituency better. I guess it's a little like the Ryker's Island thing.

    Ah -- the machinations that politicians will endeavor.

  7. The Congressional Black Caucus is an overtly racist organization, and is a proud, racist part of our government. Is it possible to have greater irony?

    They are not merely organized to consider the supposedly special interests of their "black" constituents. They won't admit a "white" congressman to membership, regardless of who he or she represents.

    The Congressional Black Caucus is a group of congressmen and senators. They require black skin to be a member.

    ===== Quote =====
    Wikipedia [edited]: The Black Caucus allows only black members.

    Representative Pete Stark (D-Ca, White) tried and failed to join the Black Caucus in 1975. Stark: "I felt we shared an interest to help people in poverty. Half my Democratic constituents are African American. The Black Caucus voted no. They said that I was white, and they wanted the group to be limited to African Americans."
    ===== /Quote =====

    Whites Not Allowed

    ===== Quote =====
    [edited] In January 2007, Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN, White) pledged to apply for membership in the Black Caucus to better represent his 60% black constituents.

    Although the bylaws of the Caucus do not make race a prerequisite for membership, former and current members of the Caucus agreed that the group should remain "exclusively black."

    Rep. William Lacy Clay, Jr. (D-Mo., Black) is the son of Rep. William Lacy Clay Sr. (D-Mo., Black) a co-founder of the Caucus. "Mr. Cohen asked for admission, and he got his answer. He's white and the Caucus is black. It's time to move on. We have racial policies to pursue and we are pursuing them, as Mr. Cohen has learned. It's an unwritten rule. It's understood."
    ===== /Quote =====


  8. LWB?

    That anything like BWW (Breathing While White)?

    Aerobic respiration is just sooo... you know... racial and stuff.

  9. I second Mr. Garland's observation. Charges of racism can't be taken seriously when made by people who are overtly racist themselves.

    Of course, I don't think that that that's the "frank" discussion of race that AG Holder was referring too.