Wednesday, October 07, 2015


So this happened tonight:
Rupert Murdoch really likes Ben Carson and had some praise for him on Twitter tonight that also contained a veiled swipe at President Obama:

In case the tweet embedded above has been deleted by the time you read this, Murdoch wrote, "Ben and Candy Carson terrific. What about a real black president who can properly address the racial divide? And much else."

Well, it kills conservatives that a Democrat is America's first black president. They frequently insist that Obama didn't really attain that milestone, and that one of their own will attain it soon.

Go to Amazon and you can still buy a "Herman Cain - America's first REAL Black President " keychain from a shop called Barger's Boutique:

On her radio show four years ago, Laura Ingraham seconded this notion:
Well I have a question. Herman Cain, if he became president, he would be the first black president, when you measure it by -- because he doesn’t -- does he have a white mother, white father, grandparents, no, right? So Herman Cain, he could say that he’s -- he’s -- he’s the first, uh -- he could make the claim to be the first -- yeah, the first Main Street black Republican to be the president of the United States. Right? He’s historic too.
In this election cycle, there's a Carson site with the URL

Elsewhere, in comments sections and on message boards, we see the likes of this:

And this:

And then there's a peculiar notion floated by Breitbart's Milo Yiannopoulos:

... Donald Trump ... is, culturally speaking, a terrific fit for black America.... Blacks seem to identify with Trump’s swagger: they put him in enough rap songs, after all. He’s got hip-hop cred and defiant charisma the dreary Obama could never hope to match....

There is a minority war brewing between blacks and Latinos in America, fuelled by the policies and attitudes of a white Left that has forgotten about the civil rights struggle, and Trump is one of the very few, on either side of the political divide, who appears to at least understand the black side of the argument.

Donald Trump would be the real first black president.
What Murdoch tweeted is crazy. But that craziness has deep roots in modern conservatism.


Feud Turgidson said...

Nah, the first black POTUS was George Washington. Washington's ancestors, like those of every homo sapiens, trace back to the first Out of Africa migration of hominids, or the second Out of Africa migration of homo sapiens, or both. Barack Obama is the 44th black president but the first to have only one parent with relatively recent ancestors whose skin tone evolved to the climatic conditions of the northern hemisphere's temperate zone.

A.J. said...

The GOP, where it is NEVER about race!!!!

I still get those Reich-wing emails bitching about everything under the sun, one of them 'arguing' that the only reason black Americas voted for Obama (over McCain and over Romney!) was because he was black.

I always answer all those emails and posed back: "...and how many Republicans would stay home and NOT vote for their own candidate if that candidate was black?"

The Rethuglicans have a real problem; if Trump is the nominee the party will be destroyed. If it is Carson, the racists in the GOP they so depend on will stay home and the party is destroyed.

Tom Hilton said...

To be fair, there's also some of that on the left, from assclowns like Michael Moore and Cornel West.

Steve M. said...

Yes, and from the pseudo-left, Bill Maher.

Never Ben Better said...

There are people on both sides (though far more on the far right) who, for a variety of reasons, will do or say anything to deligitimize President Obama.