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Saturday Night Card Game (“Failure” is not a race)

Saturday Night Card Game (“Failure” is not a race)

Mike Lupica is a sports writer who now is a political columnist.  Lupica suffers from Keith Olbermann Disease.

Lupica hasn’t been mentioned much here, but we did call him out when he claimed that a Stop Obama sign was a call to violence based on race:

We are 100 yards, no more than that, from the front entrance to the school.

There is a stop sign here, and underneath the word “Stop” someone has spray-painted “Obama.”

Stop Obama.

Why has somebody done it? Because in the current climate, people have been convinced they can. Or, more likely, that they should….

This is no longer about political dissent. It is about storm trooper sound bites, and hate. This isn’t the kind of honest debate on which our system of government has been built. It is vile, back-alley fighting, getting worse by the day, with no end in sight. People say that opposition to all Presidents, even the most unpopular white ones, sounds like this. No, it doesn’t.

Now Lupica’s at it again (h/t reader Zach), The silent issue that could doom President Obama in 2012 election:

There will be so many things to talk about with Obama vs. Romney from here to  November, but the one that nobody will want to talk about very much in polite  society, even in what has a chance to be the meanest presidential campaign for  all times, is race.

It works against the President this time, in a big way.

Last time, there were just weren’t enough reasons for enough white voters to  vote against the black guy, as much as they wanted to. This time there are  plenty.

And please don’t believe a single poll on this issue.

No one wants to talk about race? Coulda fooled me.

Race is about the only thing (other than Bush) Obama supporters want to talk about.

It’s why we have had over 100 Saturday Night Card Games since August 8, 2009, when Oliver Willis wrote the lines which launched the game:

Steve Benen tries to understand just why wingnuts are so angry about health care reform. He doesn’t make bad points, but its so much simpler than that. We on the left think that rage has to be somewhat rational, for instance we raged about an unwarranted war. Why is wingnuttia so angry?

We elected a Democrat, and even worse, he’s black.

And it’s why the most recent Card Game, on May 26, 2012, was about Democrats claiming that the anti-Obama vote in the West Virginia, Kentucky and Arkansas Democrtic primaries was a result of racism.

In between those first and last Card Games there were hundreds of posts (not just Card Games) regarding the near constant claims that opposition to Obama was based at least in part on race.

Far from being the issue no one talks about, race is the issue that gets talked about by Obama supporters with great frequency because it distracts from Obama’s abysmal failure as a President.

Note to you:  “Failure” is not a race.


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You can still make out the “BUSH” underneath the “STOP” on about half a dozen stop signs around our town. The town painted over them, but you can still see it. It never occurred to me that black people might be behind that.

    scooterjay in reply to windbag. | June 10, 2012 at 7:37 am

    I have pictures of at least 10 stop signs in and around Columbia, SC that had “Bush” painted under “STOP”. I can also take you to the two-block section of Main Street, right behind the State House (which is, BTW, the prettiest in Dixie) where the “Bush-War Criminal” and “Kill Bush” posters are still visible on light poles, walls, street signs etc.
    Give me a break, I will surely delight in the huge left meltdown that will happen following the November election. I’m not a “revenge” type but I am going to enjoy the schadenfreude 30x more than this past Tuesday/Wednesday.

“Anti-American Collectivist” isn’t a race, either.

Neither is “narcissist”.

But now a LOT more Americans know Pres. Choom-a-rang for what, and who, he is and was.

    jimzinsocal in reply to Ragspierre. | June 9, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Agree Rags. To sportswriter Lupica’s comments: Stick with what you know. Rethink a reprise as sports guy on Imus in The Morning.
    The notion that race was an issue for whites voting against Obama in 2008 pales by comparison to the number of whites that voted for Obama because of race. The media still supports Obama because of race…heaven forbid an unkind article might be taken as racist.
    The liberal media has been bamboozeled and now finds itself basically trapped into supporting the man.
    How else can the absolute lack of objectivity be explained? His record? Things are so good and so many are “doing just fine” that Obama sort of deseves some extra slack? Tell that one to your mothers. Intellegent people arent buying that crap.
    There’s an old saying that fits in all this: The big payback for liars is they never believe anyone again.
    Maybe Lupica can connect the logic and follow the dots to his own projection issue….and stop thinking for all white folks.

      Ragspierre in reply to jimzinsocal. | June 9, 2012 at 9:59 pm

      The specter of Ubermann should be enough of a warning, one would think. Walking the streets of Nuevo Ork, trying to find someone…anyone…who will listen…

      Tragic, in a strangely hilarious sort of way…

LukeHandCool | June 9, 2012 at 6:23 pm

You know, to communicate effectively with other people, it’s increasingly clear that it’s far more important to share sanity and the same universe with another person than it is to share a common native language with someone living on another planet in another universe.

Through facial expressions and gestures, we can communicate with a sane person of good will whose language we do not speak.

But with people who share English as a native tongue … people who abuse the meaning inherent in the language … then seem to start suffering from weaker and weaker ability to think logically … it’s like some kind of Orwellian psychosomatic feeblemindedness and concomitant divorce from reality.

We need to find this alternate universe. And then find the planet from where these “people” are coming …

… and destroy it … before any more of these aliens immigrate to Earth.

LukeHandCool (who thinks Mr. Lupica should stick to sports writing … or, at the very least, refrain from the jock-strap sniffing habit that results in the strange high manifest in his political rambling).

DINORightMarie | June 9, 2012 at 6:52 pm

It’s all they’ve got. To admit their idol “O” is not “the One we have been waiting for” would mean they were WRONG! and that just can’t be true. Not the oh! so SMART lefties. No.

It just HAS to be HATE HATE HATE for the BLACK MAN………is just HAS to be. /sarc (that means “end sarcasm” to those who don’t get that I’m being facetious…)

Besides, the leftie’s bible, Rules for Radicals says that this will work, every time! Gotta keep at it, repeating the lie till it is accepted as true.

Captain Hate | June 9, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Mike Lupica was already identified as appealing to imbeciles when George Costanza in Seinfeld used him as an example of his favorite author when the person asking the dimwit was looking for at least a middlebrow writer of books. It should be evident to people like Pinch and his ilk that assigning theater critics, ersatz economists and sports writers to writing political columns has accompanied the shrinking of size and influence of their gazettes. Yet they keep doing it.

    Ragspierre in reply to Captain Hate. | June 9, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Or…life in the cocoon. They can’t hear. They won’t hear.

      Mary Sue in reply to Ragspierre. | June 9, 2012 at 8:51 pm

      Well really that is it, they’ve been sticking their fingers in their ears for 4 years now. Every single criticism of this president has been met with the charge of racism. Yet here they are poised to lose control of government having alienated everyone they could along the way.

      At certain points, I know I believed they couldn’t possibly be as stupid as their behavior suggested. Politico writes tributes to team O’s glorious digital operation, yet it seems they must take the information gleaned and chuck it in the trash. We should have known how insular this team was when they passed the health care law. Still right before the law is reviewed by the Supreme Court they take it out and wield it as a bat against the Catholic Church.

      At this point, I almost can’t believe they are going to keep this up until November. There is a freight train of discontent headed their way – too bad they can’t see it inside that cocoon.

        Ragspierre in reply to Mary Sue. | June 9, 2012 at 10:03 pm

        We just saw an excellent example played out in Wish-consin. Complete, gob-smacked surprise when what was evident happened.

        They can’t learn in time, because they won’t learn. They really are not feckless. They are deluded.

      bobby b in reply to Ragspierre. | June 10, 2012 at 5:15 am

      ” . . . life in the cocoon . . . “

      Oh. My. God.

      I can NOT believe that you used that word while commenting on this topic.

      Subtle. Real subtle.

      What – you think you’re gonna hide it just by stuttering? “Co – co – co – . . . .” Yeah, I’m sure no one noticed.


        Ragspierre in reply to bobby b. | June 10, 2012 at 8:54 am

        Sheesh, indeed. Despicable…

        ZOMG… There’s a “spic” there…!!!

        Such excellent mockage prospects, you provide.

Last time, there were just weren’t enough reasons for enough white voters to vote against the black guy, as much as they wanted to. This time there are plenty.

He is saying there are plenty of reasons to vote against Obama. Voting against Obama because he is black would only be one reason. What do you suppose he views the other reasons are?

    As with most of his socially progressive ilk, Lupica’s logic and reasoning capabilities are woefully unable of appreciating the irony involved in acknowledging myriads of “problems” and at the same time claiming admitting their mere existence is somehow a shortcoming in the observer rather than the issue’s architect. Some say it’s another form of stupidity or insanity.

No , failure is not a race , its a result. l suggest qualifying moron fascist as a race. lt covers all these lefty lunatics from Warren Buffet thru Maxine Waters. Common recessive DNA is obviously involved thru mental interbreeding at 100 years of similar trendy tete a tete’s. These lefty sports writer types that try to grow a brain late in their career seem to suffer from contact concussions. lt comes from hanging with athletes. An earlier post suggested it started with sniffing jock straps. Why do l suspect the athlete was still attached.

Note to you: “Failure” is not a race.

Success doesn’t need an excuse.

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I’ve moved beyond race long ago (actually I never got to race).
I’ve now moved beyond the charge of racism.
I’m now more inclined to just laugh in their faces.

BannedbytheGuardian | June 9, 2012 at 8:52 pm

If we can’t be racists then what is the point of watching the olympics? It is fun to spot the whitie in the flange of East Africans whilst still happily running around at lap 20 of the 10,000 mtrs & then see the almost inevitable ALL African dash to the line. But none of the Whities is upset -they love it.

Craig Mottram was told he had an excellent chance of winning the Olympic triathalon with his world class 10k running plus his very good swimming & capable cycling but he stated….I just love being around the African guys. It is so special to race them.

In 1968 it was the Australian sprinter Peter Norman standing between the 2 Black Power Saluters in the 200m. Though he never commented on it -it is assumed they had asked given him warning of what they were planning. In fact one of these guys was pall bearer at Normans funeral a few years go.

Unfortunately for Barack Obama he has inherited not a single sport ability. In fact one of his alleged girlfriends -a non athlete herself – has ‘unearthed ‘ a diary entry that has her beating Obama in a foot race. Photos show him as being at least 8″ taller than her & she don’t look like Wyoma Tyus.

Obama is a big letdown of Sports Racism. I guess we can blame the Kansas side.

Taxpayer1234 | June 9, 2012 at 9:01 pm

“‘Failure’ is not a race.”

BOOM. Nail, meet hammer.

Well done, Professor!

Are these people going to drag out the race card for the next five months?
I think the white people who voted for Obama are even tired of hearing this crap.

Just a comment out of the blue from here in the Badger state. There is a new endangered species here in the land of eternal elections. I haven’t seen a recall Walker sign since Tuesday. Where oh where have they gone?

kbob_in_katy | June 9, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Mr. Lupica says “People say that opposition to all Presidents, even the most unpopular white ones, sounds like this. No, it doesn’t.”

Where was he when GWB was President? Or “Ray-Gun?” or Nixon.

What an ultramaroon!

Odd, though, how the same people claiming racism as an excuse for the widespread dislike of Obama also foam at the mouth at the mention of Allen West (who apparently was placed on earth to give them cognitive dissonance.)

Alinsky rule #109 –When you can’t win an argument with logic and reason attack the other guy’s motives.

The underlying point to this whole screed is that Mike Lupica (a white as white can be guy) is NOT one of them thar white RACISTS.

That’s what most of the race card playing by white folks is about. Race card playing by black folks is:
1. possibly bigotry or bias by someone. (a lot of people don’t use ‘racist’ as the dictionary defines it. They think any derogatory comments or criticism or negative comments about blacks is racism. Racism is when someone thinks that one race [usually their own] race is better/superior/more than another race [usually black or brown])

It’s typical liberalism it’s feel goodism over substance.

Mike can walk around in front of his liberal buddies and whites that he assumes (a form of bigotry itself) don’t like Obama due to his race and say to himself “I’m better than them”

I thought Lupica was a political commentator that began sports writing. So now he’s back to political commentator?
IMO he sucks at both. And (let me indulge in some feel good bigotry) because he’s a skinny four eyed nerd, he’s probably never played or been good at sports.

Now as a nerdy four eyed fat man, I can strut around thinking to myself that I’m better than he is because I DID play sports (but sucked).

Crap. Left off # 2 reason Blacks play the race card:

2. To get white people to shut up.

TrooperJohnSmith | June 10, 2012 at 1:19 am

No Record Campaign Strategy:

(1.) Blame Bush (talk real ‘street’ when you do);
(2.) Romney = no qualifications (obfuscate on mine in ’08);
(3.) Blame Bush (act all indignant and pause a lot);
(4.) Blame Congress (well, just the House);
(5.) Race Card (deny playing it);
(6.) Blame Congress (well, just the House);
(7.) Blame Weather & Jpn Earthquake (look sad, don’t smile);
(8.) Be nice, yuk it up and ask ’em for 4 more (hide Joe B!)
(9.) Blame Bush (use some big numbers & say they’re CBO);

The “logic” of the left goes thus: since SOME white people undoubtedly voted against Obama because he is black, ALL white should vote for him to prove they are not racist. If they vote against him anyway, they MUST be racist.

Now, of course these same leftists would squeal like stuck pigs if anyone imputed the motives of the most despicable leftists to them, but in their world view, that’s different. They are morally superior, and cannot be tainted by the same methods as us evil conservatives.

Nonsense, naturally, but it’s a matter of faith to the left.

The ultimate misunderstanding of politics is that it is arguing.
On one hand, we get a steady drone of “I’ve fight for you” that seems to come in harmony with “Stop the bickering.”
We send politicians to DC and our state capitals to fight, to bicker for us.
To say “Stop the bickering” means to capitulate.
Bringing up racism is merely an extension of Godwin’s Law (also known as Godwin’s Rule of Nazi Analogies or Godwin’s Law of Nazi Analogies) applied both within and outside the internet.

How to drive a progressive mad: When they start bloviating about their non-racist ways and their support for a black president calmly explain that you have never had a desire to make a blanket statement disavowing any possible racism as none exists in my mind. I did this with my crazy uncle after he made the blanket statement on Facebook. He responded by unfriending me!

People say that opposition to all Presidents, even the most unpopular white ones, sounds like this. No, it doesn’t.

Yes, it does.

[collection of anti-Bush protests & protestors by the always-excellent Zombie]

Bitterlyclinging | June 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Lupica is as reversed racist as you can get. On the day of the Iowa caucuses Lupica wrote in his column that “Iowa was too white to matter”.
We were getting a subscription to the Daily News at the time for a ‘teaser rate’. After reading that, I decided I didn’t want any more of that horsemanure coming to my door, especially at the full price rate.

As a black man who voted against Obama, and intend to do so again, I’m interested in exactly to what Mr. Lupica would ascribe my motivations.

Oh wait. Does that mean I didn’t vote for him because I’m prejudiced against his half whiteness? Damn that race card – there’s no escaping it!

In any case, I would like to protest President Obama’s numerous stupidities being blamed on blacks. He is, of course, half white, and I feel that at least 50% of everything stupid he does, should be laid at the feet of caucasians. It’s only fair. We blacks have more than enough knuckleheads of our own, without taking on 50% of one of yours.

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