Wednesday, June 25, 2008


Ralphie has now decided he's qualified to give Barack Obama blackness lessons:

Nader: Obama 'talking white'

Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader accused Sen. Barack Obama, the presumed Democratic Party nominee, of downplaying poverty issues, trying to "talk white" and appealing to "white guilt" during his run for the White House....

"He wants to show that he is not a threatening ... another politically threatening African-American politician," Nader said. "He wants to appeal to white guilt. You appeal to white guilt not by coming on as black is beautiful, black is powerful. Basically he's coming on as someone who is not going to threaten the white power structure, whether it's corporate or whether it's simply oligarchic. And they love it. Whites just eat it up."

Ralph, of course, has a deep and profound connection to the African-American community, as we saw repeatedly in his 2000 campaign:

Wow, that's some bill. If melanin were dynamite, there wouldn't be enough on that stage to blow Michael Moore's baseball cap off. And that's including the only living black person on most Hacky Sack players' iPods, Ben Harper.

More from Ralph:

"... I haven't heard him have a strong crackdown on economic exploitation in the ghettos. Payday loans, predatory lending, asbestos, lead. What's keeping him from doing that? Is it because he wants to talk white? He doesn't want to appear like Jesse Jackson? We'll see all that play out in the next few months and if he gets elected afterwards."

Hmm, let's see:

Barack Obama wants crackdown on predatory lending

Obama is No Fan of Payday Loans

EPA Accepts Obama Proposal to Eliminate Lead Paint from Schools, Childcare Facilities

And he's so afraid of talking about asbestos that he writes a length in his first book about working on an asbestos-removal campaign, to the point that he's been accused of taking too much credit for the effort.

As for Nader's own campaign site?

References to payday loans: zero.
References to predatory lending: zero.
References to asbestos: zero.

(Yeah, there's one reference to lead paint, on a page featuring a photo of a white child.)

So Ralph's the pot calling the kettle ... er, never mind.


UPDATE: What kind of idiot would praise this? Cg.Eye, from somewhere in Hillary or Death Land:

(And confidential to Mr. Nader: Thanks for looking at the man behind the curtain.)

Confidential to Mr./Ms. Cg.Eye: It's called Google. Use it. See above.


UPDATE RE CG.EYE: In comments, Leah from Corrente says:

Just wanted you to know that the post in question by cg.eye is the result of our open commenting and posting policy; we're taking steps to correct the errors of fact, by Nader, and repeated by the poster and some of the commentaters.

So noted.

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