Friday, March 07, 2014


Mother Jones reports today:
Top social-conservative strategist Ralph Reed compared President Barack Obama to segregationist Alabama governor George Wallace on Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

"Fifty years ago George Wallace stood in the schoolhouse door and said that African-Americans couldn't come in," said Reed, the founder of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, in response to the Department of Justice's attempt to block Louisiana's school voucher program.

"Today, the Obama administration stands in that same door and says those children can't leave. It was wrong then and it was wrong now and we say to President Obama, 'Let those children go.'" ...
That comes a day after this:
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Thursday criticized Attorney General Eric Holder for trying to "stand in the schoolhouse door" and keep minority students from attending charter schools, an allusion to segregationist and former Alabama Gov. George Wallace.

"We've got Eric Holder and the Department of Justice trying to stand in the schoolhouse door to prevent minority kids, low-income kids, kids who haven’t had access to a great education, the chance to go to better schools," Jindal said at the Conservative Political Action Conference, as recorded by the Huffington Post....
These pronouncements echo a National Review editorial from last fall:
Obama vs. Education

It was 50 years ago this June that George Wallace, the Democratic governor of Alabama, made his infamous "stand in the schoolhouse door" to prevent two black students from enrolling at an all-white school. His slogan was "Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!"

These many years later, Democrats still are standing in the schoolhouse door to prevent black students from enjoying the educational benefits available to their white peers, this time in Louisiana instead of Alabama. Playing the Wallace role this time is Eric Holder, whose Justice Department is petitioning a U.S. district court to abolish a Louisiana school-choice program that helps students, most of them black, to exit failing government schools

The Obama administration is a serial offender on this issue....
And Obama and his administraton don't just resemble George Wallace on school issues, according to the right. Here's John Hinderaker at Power Line arguing last month that -- no, I'm not making this up -- the right of billionaires to spend unlimited and untraceable cash on political campaigns is like the right of blacks in the Jim Crow South to attend integrated schools:

The Supreme Court decided Brown vs. Board of Education in 1954, but prominent Democrats in the South refused to accept the court's ruling. For a decade thereafter, Democrats like Ross Barnett, Lester Maddox and George Wallace did everything they could to perpetuate race discrimination in public education. In one notorious instance in 1963, Democratic Governor Wallace stood in a schoolhouse door to personally block African-American students from enrolling at the University of Alabama.

Something similar is happening with the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, a landmark of First Amendment jurisprudence. Democrats refuse to accept the decision; Barack Obama denounced it in a State of the Union speech, and his example has been followed by many other Democrats -- nearly all of whom, it should be added, misrepresent that case's holding as they criticize it. Bitterly hostile to free speech when exercised by their political opponents, Democrats have done whatever they can to undermine Citizens United, just as they did decades ago with Brown vs. Board of Education.

The I.R.S. scandal can best be seen in this light. The Democrats are using the levers of the executive branch, particularly the I.R.S., to deter Americans from exercising the First Amendment rights that were guaranteed them by the Supreme Court....
Nice talk, Republicans.

So ... how's that outreach to black voters coming along?


Victor said...

"...Ralph Reed compared President Barack Obama to segregationist Alabama governor George Wallace on Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference."

Well, if anyone ought to know, it's Ralphie gReedy.

Wallace was one of his heroes, and he spent most of his youth jerkin' his little gherkin over posters of him, Strom Thurmon, and Bull Connor.

After his parent started worrying, he added a poster of Phyllis Schlafly, so the wouldn't worry that he was... Well, you know...

Victor said...

It seems as if the Republicans attempts at "outreach," concludes with punching themselves in the nuts.

marindenver said...

"It seems as if the Republicans attempts at "outreach," concludes with punching themselves in the nuts."

Same as it ever was. ;-)

Joseph Nobles said...

I got slammed on Twitter recently in a similar vein. I responded to Reince Preibus talking about repealing and replacing the ACA since full implementation had been pushed out to seven years due to regulations. I said, maybe if you can't repeal a "very bad law" in seven years, you should move on.

Well, I left myself open there, didn't I? The guy who Reince was retweeting responded: "Jim Crow took longer." I didn't mean to imply that truly bad laws should be given up on, but the room was there and dude took the shot.

My weak rhetorical skills aside, it simply amazed me that people are really equating Jim Crow laws with the ACA. In fact, these specious comparisons are starting to remind me of people who make similar comparisons to the Holocaust to the point of the ADL stepping in and telling them to knock it off. There's a real level of shamelessness involved here, and it only comes in company with blind self-righteousness. They really think this and it gives them permission to be as offensive as they want to be. And there is no talking them down.

Victor said...

That ACA = Slavery is the new meme for Reich-Wingers.

Never Ben Better said...

Sometimes I think they're deliberately going for the most offensive comparison they can dredge up, dialing the "No, YOU'RE a racist!" attack to 11, purely for spite.

Julia said...

They're trying to get all their rocks off at once.

1. Piss off the liberals? Check. (Sort of, more and more people are at the "Whatever, asshole" stage. But they think it pisses off the liberals.)

2. Rally the troops, again. By identifying the threat (in a different way).

3. Projection. Because it is always about the projection.

Aunt Snow said...

I read on another site somewhere that a member of Eric Holder's extended family actually was a student who George Wallace blocked the door against.