GOP Opposition To Obama On Supreme Court Racist Or Something

You knew this was coming, right? The appearance of the raaaaacism card was such a sure thing that Vegas wouldn’t set a line. First up, we have Hillary (via Twitchy)

Nice bit of racism from the woman whose campaign started the Birther issue in 2008. And, of course, the NY Times chimes in

Blacks See Bias in Delay on a Scalia Successor

As he left Martha Lou’s Kitchen, a soul food institution here on Wednesday, Edward Gadsden expressed irritation about the Republican determination to block President Obama from selecting Justice Antonin Scalia’s replacement on the Supreme Court.

“They’ve been fighting that man since he’s been there,” Mr. Gadsden, who is African-American, said of Mr. Obama, before pointing at his forearm to explain what he said was driving the Republican opposition: “The color of his skin, that’s all, the color of his skin.” (snip)

After years of watching political opponents question the president’s birthplace and his faith, and hearing a member of Congress shout “You lie!” at him from the House floor, some African-Americans saw the move by Senate Republicans as another attempt to deny the legitimacy of the country’s first black president. And they call it increasingly infuriating after Mr. Obama has spent seven years in the White House and won two resounding election victories.

“Our president, the president of the United States, has been disrespected from Day 1,” Carol Richardson, 61, said on Wednesday as she colored a customer’s hair at Ultra Beauty Salon in Hollywood, S.C., a mostly black town near Charleston. “The words that have been said, the things the Republicans have done they’d have never have done to another president. Let’s talk like it is, it’s because of his skin color.”

Or, it could be, well, it is, opposition to Obama’s uber-leftist, America destroying, enemy loving, economy killing policies and beliefs. Of course, when you have a political Party that has been pushing raaaaacism for decades, trying to keep Blacks voting for them after over a century of being the party of Jim Crow, segregation, lynchings, forced sterilization, and the KKK, you get an atmosphere where everything is seen in terms of raaaaacism. Surprisingly, most see no racism in the Democratic policies which lead to Black on Black violence, low graduation rates, lower than other races earnings, higher incarceration, and so forth, especially in Democratic Party run cities.

“It’s more than a political motive — it has a smell of racism,” said Representative G. K. Butterfield, Democrat of North Carolina, the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

“I can tick instance after instance over the last seven years where Republicans have purposely tried to diminish the president’s authority,” Mr. Butterfield said. “This is just really extreme, and leads me to the conclusion that if this was any other president who was not African-American, it would not have been handled this way.”

He sees raaaaacism, we see an out of control authoritarian Progressive. Oh, and hey, did you know opposition to not just this SCOTUS fight, but Obamacare, was racist? So says Solomon Jones at

THE SUDDEN DEATH of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has again revealed America’s racial divide on the powers of the Presidency.

We initially saw that racial schism during the battle over Obamacare. Though Obama’s landmark legislation was gleaned from a Republican idea that had worked successfully in Massachusetts, the white-male-dominated GOP declared Obama’s signature health-care law a failure before it went into effect. We saw the racial animus again with the fierce resistance to president Obama’s executive orders on immigration – orders that looked very much like those previously implemented by Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

He is right, at least in terms of his opening sentence: we do see the racial divide. We see people on one side who are opposed to Obama on policy, and on the other we see people who will place the race card for everything. Which is not surprising during a time period where the president has used his bully pulpit to divide along racial lines rather than the healing he promised.

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10 Responses to “GOP Opposition To Obama On Supreme Court Racist Or Something”

  1. Hank_M says:

    They just can’t help themselves. The race card has long ago expired, especially with Barry Soetoro. But I suppose it’s all they have left since the man’s record, words, and deeds are pretty much unsupportable.

    I’m again reminded of a tweet by Jon Gabriel. “My favorite part about the Obama era is all the racial healing”.

  2. John says:

    When did a dem majority senate fail to confirm a SCOTUS nominee by vote?
    Sandra Day Oconnor is on record as supporting Obama’s DUTY to nominate , she was a Reagan appointee
    A liberal Supreme Court will kill GOP gerrymandering in states like yours Teach

  3. drowningpuppies says:

    When did a dem majority senate fail to confirm a SCOTUS nominee by vote?

    Johnny, boobie, really?

  4. Jeffery says:

    Robert Bork was rejected in Oct 1987 by the Democratic majority Senate, which had 54 Dems at the time. Fifty-two Dems and Six Republicans voted against him.

    One year earlier, conservative Republican Antonin Scalia was confirmed unanimously by the Republican majority Senate.

    What a difference a year makes, and clearly, elections have consequences.

    And it’s always politics.

    Bork’s replacement nominee, the conservative Republican Anthony Kennedy was confirmed unanimously by the Democratic Senate in Feb 1988.

    What a difference a nominee makes.

    Reagan knew Bork had little chance for success under the circumstances, and didn’t back him after the Senate subcommittee voted against him.

    Would the Republican Senate vote to confirm Eric Holder if he were nominated? Or Laurence Tribe? That’s what Bork was up against. Only he was even further outside the mainstream than Holder.

    The Senate is taking a risk. If the Dems take back the Senate, President Clinton can nominate a young very liberal judge. As it stands now, they could confirm a moderate. Will they roll the dice?

  5. Jeffery says:

    Although I understand and sympathize with the position of my Black brothers and sisters concerning how this President has been treated by the right, and certainly there is a pocket of racism extant in the US right, but recall how the right treated the previous Democratic President (not to mention his wife).

    No, it’s more political than it is racial animus. Bill Clinton was a murderer, drug runner, rapist, philanderer (OK, that one is true!), thug, vandal, assassin and thief!

    Yes, the whole Obama is not one of us meme, the Hussein’s and Soetoro’s; he’s a Muslim; raised in a madrasa; born in Kenya; bone in the nose; etc etc was racial, but hardly worse than what Bill Clinton had to tolerate from the right.

    The Republican order that Obama not submit a nominee is not racist, it’s raw politics (and dumb at that). The lazy Republican majority has nothing better to do so they’d look remiss if they had a nominee and just let him/her dangle in the wind for a year.

  6. Jeffery says:

    Whether it’s politicians who are desperate for notice, bloggers who are need clicks, or tweetering twits who need you to know they exist, the problem is, that to get noticed one must ever more loud, extreme and unusual. Hence, the escalation of exaggeration. Simple truths are just too passé, blasé and mundane to compete.

  7. drowningpuppies says:

    Hence, the escalation of exaggeration.

    Yep, you’re really good at it.

  8. drowningpuppies says:

    Seems president 3-putt will get in 18 during Scalia’s funeral.

    What a guy!

  9. Jeffery says:

    According to NBC News, only three out of the past seven Supreme Court justice funerals were attended by the President.

    Scalia and Obama were not on the best of terms, so wouldn’t it be hypocritical for him to attend, and since the Republicans started politicizing the nomination process within minutes, maybe it would be best if Obama wasn’t there, you know, to cut down the distractions.

    Regardless, the right-wing-o-sphere is going to flambé him either way.

  10. gitarcarver says:

    According to NBC News, only three out of the past seven Supreme Court justice funerals were attended by the President.

    While that is technically correct, the fact of the matter is that the funerals were for justices that had retired.

    This is the first time in 65 years that a president has not attended the funeral of a sitting Justice.

    I agree that too many will make too much of this, but there is a lack of respect Obama is showing. It is not a big deal though.

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