Saturday Night Card Game (What Do The Race Card, Israel Lobby Derangement Syndrome, and SPLC Hyperbolic Disorder All Have In Common?)
This is the latest in a series on the use of the race card for political gain:
The answer to the headline question is … Virginia Democratic Rep. Jim Moran.
You may have heard that in an interview with Al Jazeera after Obama’s State of the Union address, Moran blamed the Democrats’ 2010 electoral losses on racism.
As reported at The Weekly Standard, when asked about the losses, Moran responded as follows:
“It [the Republican successes in the 2010 elections] happened for the same reason the Civil War happened in the United States. It happened because the Southern states, the slaveholding states, didn’t want to see a president who was opposed to slavery. In this case, I believe, a lot of people in the United States don’t want to be governed by an African-American, particularly one who is liberal, who wants to spend money and who wants to reach out to include everyone in our society….”
Here is the video, which is dubbed over in Arabic, but you still can hear the question and answer in the background starting at the 2:50 mark:
So now we have covered the race card, one down, two to go.
Now Israel Lobby Derangement Syndrome, as detailed at HuffPo:
In the buildup to the Iraq war in 2003, Moran sparked a firestorm when he claimed that the pro-Israel lobby and Jews were driving the decision to engage Iraq militarily.
CNN reports on Moran’s original comments, made at a local antiwar forum:
“If it were not for the strong support of the Jewish community for this war with Iraq, we would not be doing this,” said Moran, whose remarks were first reported by the Reston Connection newspaper. “The leaders of the Jewish community are influential enough that they could change the direction of where this is going, and I think they should.”
In 2007, Moran again rankled the Jewish community when he lamented the power of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) by saying their influence was driven by their wealth.
Two down, one to go.
In justifying Moran’s recent comments to Al Jazeera, Moran’s spokeswoman, Anne Hughes defended the comments, citing a list of 1000 supposed “hate groups” in the U.S. as proof Moran was right:
“With nearly 1,000 identified hate groups in the U.S. and recent studies showing a majority of Americans believe racism is still widespread against African-Americans, it is no secret that our country has and continues to struggle with racial equality,” Hughes said. “The congressman was expressing his frustration with this problem and the role it played in the last election. Rather than ignore this issue or pretend it isn’t there, the congressman believes we are better off discussing it in order to overcome it.”
So there we have it.
The Race Card, Israel Lobby Derangement Syndrome, and SPLC Hyperbolic Disorder all wrapped into one Democratic Congressman from Virginia.
How did Moran win in 2010? Can’t Virginia Republicans find someone to beat this guy in 2012?
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