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Who is profiting from racial resentment in the Age of Obama?

Racial Resentment is illicit stock Conservatives traffic for Profit & Votes

by @zizii2

Obama’s ascendency to the presidency means that,

on race, the Rubicon has been crossed (2008) and re-crossed (2012).” (Edsall)

In his recent article about the surge in Racial Resentment during the age of Obama, Jonathan Chait could have spared readers the torture of seeing him contort himself into a beltway “both-sides-do-it” pretzel, if he had asked himself one simple question: — “Who is profiting from racial resentment in the Age of Obama?”.

That fundamental question would have trucked him out of the airy parlor of abstract debate and beltway media myopia where “policy” amounts to wealthy talking heads from left, right and 3rd Way trading barbs on TV, and out into the trail of the billionaire-backed conservative wrecking ball that is stripping minorities of voting rights, women of reproductive rights, blocking millions from access to Medicaid, profiting off criminalized black bodies warehoused in for-profit prisons, eroding workers’ rights in the name of coddling corporations as “job creators,” erasing the history of minority oppression from textbooks and classrooms, and so on.

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On that trail he would have discovered how those conservative interests are cynically using President Obama and minorities as Rorschach Tests to whip up latent bigotries in order to further their corporate and fundamentalist religious goals, the bulk of which are actually detrimental to those very people whose bigotries they are whipping up. Racial resentment would not exist in its myriad forms if there was no market for it. To understand its lucrative purchase is to seek out who profits from it, and above all who runs the market.

Why look at profit? That’s because “Race” and its derivatives “Racism”, “Racialism”, “Racial Resentment,” have no intrinsic value outside of economics. They are social constructs rooted in the need to justify profit off human bodies by assigning hierarchical meaning to visible physical differences. Race in American history never made logical or scientific sense except as an excuse after the fact, to stitch meaning out of the yawning gap between philosophical ideals that “all men are created equal” and the greed impulse to make money. Except, the consequences have been brutal to people of color. It birthed an ugly history of physical oppression and many forms of structural inequality.

HD_RiotNYCClarksonStILN.previewDraft Rioters lynching African Americans on Clarkson Street, NYC, July 13, 1863, Source: Dickinson College

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If slavery required the racialization of black bodies to ensure profit, it also subsequently required the racialization of the disparate peoples of European descent of varying fortunes into one monolithic “White” category to act as bulwark and maintain the social hierarchy. But what did “whiteness” mean if anything for those who did not own property or human chattel and were struggling to stay alive just like people of color? Enter “Racial Resentment” as a tool perfected for whipping up populism. President Andrew Jackson perfected it to serve territory-grabbing ends against Native Americans. But people, white, black or brown cannot always be hoodwinked into acting against their own rational economic interest, no matter their religious, tribal, or cultural allegiances.

There have been bull and bear markets for racial resentment especially since the end of the Civil War. There are periods of growth spurts such as we live in now of economic uncertainty, and periods of waning. Thus powerful interests are always on the prowl to exploit anything that divides and conquers the ranks of the ordinary people, often masking their agenda under nebulous and lofty disguises such as: values, freedom, tradition, real™ America.

As a commodity, Racial Resentment has no intrinsic value of its own save the utility that the profiteers derive from it. If it didn’t exist some other currency would be invented to profit off human differences and to maintain social control. Besides, it is not as if the conservatives are hiding their agenda. They have told us loud and clear what they are doing. Recent exhibit? Charles Koch’s smarmy term “collectivism” in his WSJ op-ed, or Art Pope’s radical control of North Carolina’s government as “budget director,” Or Mitt Romney’s insulting barb that President Obama won because he gave “gifts” to minorities women and young Americans, Paul Ryan’s Dickensian budget and quip about “lazy inner city males”, etc. Yet Chait bends over backward to argue that there is an equivalent use of race among liberals?

MITT1

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So let’s boil down the crux of Chait’s argument. Yes, he acknowledges that America has had an ugly racial past; that Racial Resentment has especially bubbled up during the Obama years because the President symbolizes the emerging diverse America that some whites are wary of. Obama’s policies have provoked suspicion that he’s redistributing public resources to benefit minorities at the expense of the white majority. Conservatives feel gagged that their disagreements with the Obama administration are met with liberals accusing them of racism straight out of Lee Atwater’s playbook. So their solid wall of obstruction against Obama’s agenda for America is just politics, and maybe understandable. Bill Clinton had it worse than Pres Obama because he was called “boy” while President Obama has not. Thankfully, the next president will certainly be white so this racial monsoon will soon pass.

Phew… America just needs to hold on till it’s over on January 20, 2017, then the world will be right side up again, right? Robert Kuttner is also discomfited that race reared it’s ugly head during the Obama years and worsened as a result of the President not pursuing an authentic progressive agenda. Jamelle Bouie in pushing back against Chait’s piece argues that African Americans have only seen a retrogression of their economic and civil rights gains inn the age of Obama. Ta-Nehisi Coates dismissed the Affordable care Act  as “immoral” because of the swathes of poor blacks left out (he later walked back that word), then charged that President Obama should have anticipated that a colorblind policy would “hurt” AAs as Republican Governors rejected Medicaid expansion. Earl Ofari Hutchinson also said the only minority helped by the Obama Presidency has been Obama himself. So bottom line from both rightwing bloviators and differing corners of liberal punditry, is that the Obama Presidency has stoked rather than repair America’s race problem….

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But President Obama NEVER said he was running for office to repair America’s race problem. He was running to accomplish specific practical changes in our economy, healthcare, and foreign policy. He said in a CBS 60 minutes interview the day after accepting the nomination in 2008 that his run was not an exercise in racial symbolism. On election night, his mantra was “the road will be long, the climb will be steep…”. He also said often that powerful interests never concede power. So how is it his fault what the purveyors of racial resentment have wrought on our body politic, and on the rights and economic security of the 99%?

The media sensationalists and goo goo eyed speaker circuit crowd who never organized a day in distressed communities were the ones with lofty notions of America’s racial canker being erased under a “Shaft-like” Obama …Can you dig it? (Maher wanted a Samuel L. Jackson-like president, no?)

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It is thus not surprising that Chait like many in the media left and right routinely deny this President credit for his enormous accomplishments in the face of iron clad Republican obstruction, and similarly do not see the unprecedented levels of racial animus President Obama and his family is subjected to. As our own Chips pointed out, a look up on “teh Google” would have saved Chait  the embarrassment of saying that President Obama has not been called “boy” unlike Clinton:

No one has forgotten the endless images of Pres Obama with a bone plugged through his nose, of both him and First Lady Michelle Obama depicted as apes, including outright racist talk trafficked by conservative  lawmakers and rightwing media. Any other Presidents have been asked to show their birth certificates? Or any other First Family maligned as “moochers” when they traveled to conduct diplomacy abroad or taking a vacation back home? The catalog is long and irrefutable.

– h/t Meta

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Nevertheless, Chait was onto something when he cited important data study on the correlation that the study drew between share of slave ownership and depth of racial animus present in communities in this country. Those most racially resentful lost bigger money from loss of their human chattel than those with historically milder resentment. No mystery about that. And so there is an economic imperative for conservative poobahs to plumb the grimy depths of racial resentment. Follow the money.

teaSource: Think Progress

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The question Chait failed to ask is which ideological grouping has continued to trade unrelentingly in that currency of racial resentment? And why? Data, over the last half century has shown that one political party has both tactically and strategically trafficked in the currency of racial resentment to further its ideological goals – the Republican party in service to Movement Conservatism.

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After the signing of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, the Democratic Party bore the brunt of seething anger of racist bigots who saw those laws as harbingers of Racial Armageddon, yet Democrats under LBJ stood by their decision on those laws and saw their ranks diminish from Dixiecrats’ exodus from the party. The Republican Party not only welcomed racial bigots but courted them in what came to be known as the Southern Strategy. Reagan perfected the strategy with his sowing fear about welfare queens driving Cadillacs. Bush Senior raised the fear factor with Willie Horton ads. The GOP strategists were unabashed about what they were doing. It was a cynical harvesting of bales of racial resentment for the sole purpose of winning elections and amplifying the economic reach of wealthy conservatives who fund movement conservatism. Chait knows this. And Tesler’s study provides irrefutable evidence about which political party is filled with racial resentment and which one is not. This is NOT a both sides issue.

?????????Source: MSNBC

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Why did Democrats not go back to re-court Dixiecrats from the GOP? Were Dems just more altruistic, terrible business folk, or did they realize that Racial Resentment was junk stock that had no future value? Chait thinks liberals simply developed a derivative market of trading in Racial Guilting.

Conversely, why are Conservatives afraid to transform their ideas in order to avert demographic death? When Lindsey Graham (R-SC) cryptically said “We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term” to fill the ranks of the Republican Party, he gave their raison d’être away. Why are they tribally wedded to angry White men in the first place?

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America’s diverse demography can be courted by any ideological proposition IF persuasive arguments and governing agenda are presented. African Americans or Hispanics, or Asian Americans or young Americans or LGBT Americans are not glued to any party except they look for who has the chops to deliver on their rational economic and human welfare interests. It’s called Democracy. IF these groups were ideologically or tribally doctrinaire as conservatives have been historically, they’d never have changed their voting patterns as the political parties changed their focus. African Americans even when they could not vote, supported the Republican Party because of Lincoln’s role in the ending of slavery. Democrats got AAs votes because they enacted into law their fight for civil rights.

DiversitySource: Power of Peace

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If, as many analysts admit, that Pres Obama has actually pursued a conservative agenda (with a small c) that makes him no different than a Rockefeller Republican, then why have his actions bred such distorted levels of racial resentment? The stimulus reversing the recession? Or saving the Auto industry that is  the only manufacturing base left in this country serving the working classes of the Mid West? Or instituting Healthcare Reform that serves EVERYBODY who had been shut out of it previously? Or repairing tattered foreign relations? What is it that warrants the venom and vitriol from conservatives? The honest answer is, NOTHING!!! Policy differences and Pres Obama’s personal flaws are one thing, but none of these warrant the racist orgy unleashed in his era.

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What does that tell us about this country? That any kind of governance that addresses fairness must breed resentment. So the only way for race not to rear its ugly head is to perpetuate unfairness, inequality? That will keep things quieted down? For whom? The only way bigots can be happy is when bigotry is allowed free rein at the expense of people of color? How long do we need to appease the bigots? Keep giving them inch after inch till we allow them to destroy our democracy completely? Is that it?

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So it is disingenuous for Chait to treat racist malcontents as though their beef has any policy validation. It does not and neither should the conservative purveyors of their grievance be given any respectable place at the policy table. Theirs is not about policy or governance but profit and raw power as well as fear!! So public shaming and mobilizing votes against them is the only pushback with teeth.


122 Responses to “Who is profiting from racial resentment in the Age of Obama?”


  1. April 9, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Chait is an ass. This is a brilliant piece!

  2. 8 JER
    April 9, 2014 at 5:20 pm

  3. 14 Dudette
    April 9, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    So much sadness today

  4. 17 Dudette
    April 9, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Outstanding piece Zizi!

  5. 21 57andfemale
    April 9, 2014 at 5:35 pm

  6. 22 jackiegrumbacher
    April 9, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    You have done it once again, Zizi–a brilliant piece and analysis. I stand in awe of you.

  7. 24 Nena20409
    April 9, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Unbeatable Zizi2.

    Wow.

    Those who tweet, perhaps, this should be tweeted to Chait so he may Learn a thing or two.

    Wonderfully done Zizi2.

  8. 28 Nerdy Wonka
    April 9, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Great piece, Zizi.

    One need look no further than the Koch Bros, Heritage Foundation, and some CEOs to realize that racial resentment is all about cold hard cash. It’s all about telling white people that the Black President in the White House is stealing their money and birthright and handing it over to Black, Latino, Asian, and Native American people. How else do you explain a white person benefiting from policies put in place by President Barack Obama – especially ObamaCare – and still proudly saying that he will vote for Republicans in 2014. The same Republicans who want to destroy that great health insurance and healthcare he just gained access to. How else do you explain some white people being the overwhelming recipients of social welfare programs but when they hear that a minority has access to it or President Obama and Democrats want to make the pie more equitable they grumble about lazy minorities and pulling up their bootstraps.

    Racial resentment sells and pays very well for rich conservatives because it means they get to keep sucking at the teat of wealth, getting more and more tax subsidies, getting the best society has to offer and hey, to heck with everyone else.

    Jonathan Chait’s article was garbage because he never even for one second tried to understand what racism is at its core. He never fathomed to ask what the Black perspective is and that’s unfortunate. What it’s like for an African-American to be viewed as a horror in his/her own country. What it means for an African-American to have his/her humanity stripped away with laws like Stop & Frisk or Stand Your Ground.

    Noooo……Chait like his fellow limousine liberals view race and racism as topics that come up while sipping cocktails and showing their latest vacation pictures; after which they head back to their ivory towers and never bother their pretty heads about such unpleasantness. Race and racism is not some intellectual debate to African-Americans. It’s life.

    • April 9, 2014 at 6:01 pm

      Absolutely on point Nerdy. And it is a deliberate act of turning racial resentment into an abstract concept so politically impotent liberals like him can avoid talking about the economics of that resentment. He avoids talking about the structural inequities because that means he’ll have to admit to the privilege even libs like him enjoy in this jaundiced system.

  9. 30 Nerdy Wonka
    April 9, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Classy move by GHW Bush.

  10. 40 Nerdy Wonka
    April 9, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Another sick travesty. Coaches are given bonuses, schools gain millions of dollars, advertisers and corporations reap profits, but the guy who gives his sweat and blood goes to bed hungry.

    • 41 anniebella
      April 9, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      I believe it was the Connecticut point guard who said sometimes they go to bed hungry. But how much money is the coaches making? I think it is time to pay the athletes something, they are making all that money for the school.

    • 42 0388jojothecat
      April 9, 2014 at 11:18 pm

      That whole system is flawed. They try so hard not to show “pay to play” and “bribes” to students and their families to get them to go to their school, they forget about the students’ every day needs and after they leave the school after the students have made a name for their school, those that don’t go to the NBA are left with NO degree, no money to get a degree, and if they are hurt no medical. I am glad that they have won I just hope the SCOTUS stays out of this or the students are screwed.

  11. 43 Nerdy Wonka
    April 9, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Yet they want to tell the Constitutional Law Professor President about the Constitution.

  12. 48 MightyPamela
    April 9, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    _/l\_ thank you, zizii.

  13. 50 Judith Fardig
    April 9, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Zizi, your article is one of the best we have seen here. I’m glad you sent it to Chait. There are many others in the media who should read it, too! Bravo!

  14. April 9, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    this is so on point. you hit it out of the park once again, zizi.

    the folks you talk about are the ones that I say are ‘clinging to the Whiteness’.

    Barack Obama has fucked so many people up in this country. I will say it again…for the “clinging to Whiteness” group, they have spent their entire lives believing that no matter how bad their lives are,
    well, at least I am not a Nigger.

    but, when the answer to the question:

    What do you call THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES?

    is Nigger

    then your WHOLE WORLD VIEW IS SHOOK.

    they are SHOOK.

    Here comes Barack Obama with his Black wife and Black children and he is not only elected, but RE-ELECTED and they can’t handle it.

    The man will be known as the father of UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE for this nation as much as Seniors put Medicare and LBJ and Social Security and FDR. At every turn, despite unprecedented opposition he has succeeded. AT every turn, he and his beautiful wife slay the racial dragons that continue to haunt this country and put them down as LIES. They also are shook because what they used to say was LAW, and now all these ‘ other people’ are speaking up and paying them no mind. Never forget that 60% of White people voted for Mittens, and it was not even close. The non-Whites of this country said THIS MAN IS OUR PRESIDENT. Some people can’t handle it.

    PS- I don’t do ‘ the N word’. The ugly, vile, racist word is Nigger and one should never attempt to clean it up.

    • 53 Vicki
      April 9, 2014 at 6:21 pm

      You hit it out of the park also,rikyrah

    • April 9, 2014 at 6:48 pm

      My grandparents were domestic servants…she was routinely called that and my grandfather was always called “boy”…never Mr and Mrs Williams….

      she told that me that she would cringe every time she heard blk folks use that term…

      so no matter what…I will not use that term. and i cringe too when I read it or hear it…I think that is my grandmother inside me…

      • 55 jackiegrumbacher
        April 9, 2014 at 9:21 pm

        Oh Pf, we all can count the ways we have “our grandmothers inside of us.” The things we learn early on stick with us. Your grandmother was a woman of dignity.

    • 57 desertflower
      April 9, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      A million times over. Spot on, rikyrah. zizi…so excellent. Just such truth wrapped into a history lesson. Thank you.

    • 58 jackiegrumbacher
      April 9, 2014 at 9:19 pm

      Fantastic statement, Rikyrah. This is truth and you said it with compromise or fudging. Bravo!

  15. 59 Vicki
    April 9, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Zizi, I appreciate this excellent essay on the zeitgeist. Especially the conclusion. It is for the GOP only and always about Profit and Power. Achieved by using Fear.

    In 2009-2010 I saw low-income white folks enraged and energized against Obamacare. I wondered at first, “What’s wrong with them?”
    Then I got it. White fear that what is theirs will have to be shared with blacks and other minorities is the organizing tool the GOP has used for decades and until we can overcome that senseless fear the GOP will keep using that tool.

    Dopes like Chait don’t understand how they are part of the problem.

  16. 60 dotster3
    April 9, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    ot, but I wanted to give an update on the horrible incident in Orlando—-car crashed thru a day care center injuring many children, from minor to critical. The good news is that there is no fatalities, one was reported earlier. There was an all out search for the car that forced the other car off the road and into the day care building. I can’t believe they were able to locate it so fast—-it was tucked away in a car port at a home in nearby Winter Park. The 26 yr. old driver has fled the scene, said to be trying to flee the country, law enforcement now at nearby airports to try to stop this from happening. Photos and videos from accident were heart-wrenching—-emergency personnel carrying out little kids in their arms or tending to them on stretchers, cribs being wheeled out the back door. Hopefully all will survive. So much tragedy today.

    • 61 jacquelineoboomer
      April 9, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      So sorry to hear this. Our family still has one little boy who lives in Orlando, but thank God he’s not in day care. I do know people who work in a day care, and am off to find the link. Wow.

    • 62 Dudette
      April 9, 2014 at 6:32 pm

      Horrible

    • 63 jackiegrumbacher
      April 9, 2014 at 9:23 pm

      And imagine how frightened and traumatized those little ones are. Hurt and terrified beyond their understanding. They’ll need lots of help.

  17. April 9, 2014 at 6:26 pm

  18. 66 nathkatun7
    April 9, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Thank you so much, Zizi, for this brilliant essay! Like I said about your previous essay, this should be required reading for every one in the media, but especially for the media pundits, both on the left and the right.

  19. April 9, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Zizi, another powerful, absorbing, insightful piece by you, absolutely thrilled to have it here. Endless thank yous.

  20. April 9, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Outstanding Essay….Outstanding,,,,
    That’s because “Race” and its derivatives “Racism”, “Racialism”, “Racial Resentment,” have no intrinsic value outside of economics.

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    BooooooooooM!
    That is the money line…

    the GOP and their allies need to use this keep control of the “white ” populace…and folks like Chait feel a bit superior to both “those white folks and us blk folks at the same time…

    they fear PBO because he was not suppose to win in 2012…but he was able to beat back the money and the racism to win….he was able to build a coalition of people who stood tall and worked hard…

    Obamacare will go a long way to break down a few more walls…a mother cannot argue with having life saving medicine for her children…more to come from that Miracle of a Law…ObamaCare

    Once again,,,zizi2…….excellent analysis…

  21. 71 Anjo
    April 9, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    So busy at work can’t keep up but SO HAPPY to hear GoB’s good news I am so happy SOME of my prayers have been answered SOME because I am praying and believing for your COMPLETE healing..keep believing GoB with us and you will pull through

    ZiZi a wonderful piece..this whole issue brings back memories of a conversation I had in the Virgin Islands in the early ’70s with a few cousins, seemingly they had just become acquainted with an older cousin who had gone off to the States and married an African American, he never worked and in fact refused to work he received welfare his whole life and no matter what anyone in the family said he just refused to get a job because his most enduring childhood memory was his father going out daily to seek work and returning unemployed. His Dad would lock himself in the bedroom and cry or hit his head against the wall..i don’t recall what they said the father was qualified to do but seemingly he had some training and the son figured if my Dad had training and he was refused work because of the color of his skin then someone will have to pay me for doing nothing..racism and its consequences will be forever baffling but if you are not on the receiving end of it or its consequences you will never understand

  22. 72 Dudette
    April 9, 2014 at 6:39 pm

  23. 73 Dudette
    April 9, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    A small bright spot in today’s news

  24. 75 Ladyhawke
    April 9, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    A State-by-State Breakdown of the Damage That Would Be Caused by the House Republican Budget

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/09/state-state-breakdown-damage-would-be-caused-house-republican-budget

  25. April 9, 2014 at 6:53 pm

  26. 77 Dudette
    April 9, 2014 at 6:54 pm

  27. 78 Nena20409
    April 9, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/203138-bush-41-i-just-wanted-to-say-hi-to-the-president

    The two presidents spoke for several minutes on the tarmac and were eventually joined by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and Al Green (D-Texas).

    “I just wanted to say hi to the president,” Bush explained.

    White House press secretary Jay Carney went over to the former president to introduce himself.

    “I know who you are,” Bush responded with a smile.

    Bush, who was seated in a scooter, is the only living president who is not participating in this week’s civil rights forum in Austin, presumably due to his health. Obama will deliver the keynote address at the event on Thursday, the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act being signed into law.

    In Houston, Obama will attend a closed-press roundtable discussion at a private home with around 30 donors who contributed up to $32,400 each to the Democratic National Committee.

    • 79 COS
      April 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      Definitely one of the dying breed in the GOP party. It was nice of him to meet PBO at the airport.

    • 80 0388jojothecat
      April 9, 2014 at 11:09 pm

      Poppy Bush is ok now that he is out of office and GWB is a nicer person than the rest of the GOP and his warmonger administration.

  28. April 9, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Brilliant zizi! You get right to the heart of it.

  29. April 9, 2014 at 7:09 pm

  30. 85 Nena20409
    April 9, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Chait should also listen to the comments made by AG Holder at the NAN…..Rev AL’s group.

    http://www.mediaite.com/online/holder-blasts-gohmert-what-attorney-general-has-ever-had-to-deal-with-that-kind-of-treatment/

    Holder touted the work of the Obama administration to “advance the cause of justice,” and said that they’ve managed to succeed “even in the face of unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly, and divisive adversity.” He pointed to his treatment yesterday (not mentioning Gohmert by name) as an example.

    “And if you don’t believe that… you look at the way the Attorney General of the Untied States was treated yesterday by a House committee. Had nothing to do with me, forget that. What Attorney General has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What president has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?”

    • 86 Dudette
      April 9, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      Ha! :-)
      “Good luck with your asparagus!” Wins the award for Best Eff-You Ever Thrown at a Loony Congressman

  31. 87 hopefruit2
    April 9, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Zizi, the bar is already set very high for your commentaries, but this is simply brilliant! Your essay so comprehensively explains something that was discussed on earlier threads today – the mind-boggling issue of white women who vote GOP despite their regressive, misogynistic policies. It boils down to their fear that somehow, a Democrat will implement economic policies that erases their “hard-earned” financial privilege in order to give to “the minorities” – as explained to them by their GOP racial resentment profiteers.

    • April 9, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      You make me blush, HF.
      The one interesting thing is that, the plutocrats have to try so hard to hoodwink ordinary whites, because you simply can’t brainwash people forever. At some point they pursue their own rational interests. Obamacare offers that challenge to the puppetmasters. And that is the reason why they sputter in anger

  32. April 9, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Maybe he’ll learn something …

    Well done, as always, zizi!!

    #TrustBarack

  33. 92 dotster3
    April 9, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Horribly sad. Once again, I can’t imagine the anguish of parents getting messages that something horrible has happened at their child’s day care center.

  34. 94 hopefruit2
    April 9, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    I could just as easily have a nice warm freshly baked slice of cherry pie as I could set a rabid dog loose on Mitch McConnell’s heel. Which one should I do? Please advise.

  35. April 9, 2014 at 7:33 pm

  36. 103 MightyPamela
    April 9, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    As if I couldn’t despise eff’ing Paul Ryan any more, he sends me trash begin letters, with a freaking membership card enclosed, outlining all his deceitful ways to cheat me out of even the most basic rights. Of course I sent it all back in his postage paid envelope, asking to be removed from the data base… And enjoyed cutting up his face while destroying the membership card I never asked for. Does this make me a bad person? ;)

    • 104 MightyPamela
      April 9, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      *begging letters

    • April 9, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      Should have added an Obama 2012 bumper sticker plus photocopy of 7 million Obamacare signups graphic :D

      • 106 MightyPamela
        April 9, 2014 at 8:12 pm

        Oh, I always draw the Obama Pave symbol inside, and this time I added a <3 and 2016!, just for the hell of it!! Hoping to stir up some asswipe in Ryan's headquarters. He's got a lot of nerve keeping me on his mailing list, wonder how I got there anyway? Someone sold my name, pisser, and here at my new address as well. Double pisser.

    • 107 desertflower
      April 9, 2014 at 7:54 pm

      It makes you a hero! Are you kidding?? :)

  37. April 9, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Should have added an Obama 2012 bumper sticker plus photocopy of 7 million Obamacare signups graphic :D

  38. April 9, 2014 at 7:49 pm

  39. 110 hopefruit2
    April 9, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Dessertflower had posted an article earlier today about Tea baggers filing and running for office as “Dems.” My question to the GOP and their friends in the media is: If the GOP was doing so well in the polls (as have been suggested), and the public was poised to vote for them in 2014, while the DEMS were struggling to get public support, why would the GOP need to resort to these dirty tricks of filing as Democrats? Shouldn’t it be the other way around?

  40. April 9, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Absolutely spectacular, @zizii2!

    I’m bowled over with each of your essays, but this is scrumptious!

    Chait comes out on the short end of a comparison between his essay and yours, and underscores the desperate need for diversity among America’s “pundit” class.

    Brava! Well done, milady.

  41. 115 Dudette
    April 9, 2014 at 8:09 pm

  42. April 9, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Zizi, your voice is brilliant. You’ve tapped into the political and personal injuries both ancient and fresh that are still with us today. But we are learning how to fight back and stand up for our right to fully participate in our own future and that of our country. The Age of Obama has shown us what it really means to connect with the collective wisdom and strength of our communities.

    Thank you for all the thought and work you put into this post. We have to circulate it far and wide.

  43. 120 ERICFIVE
    April 9, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Excellent essay zizi2.

  44. 122 sjterrid
    April 10, 2014 at 1:09 am

    Zizi, Brilliant Essay.


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