Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Obama super-donor calls black Republican "Ape"

Loathsome "comedian" Bill Maher:
...the idea that the blame for our government’s dysfunction is equally shared by the parties just is a giant, steaming mound of horse**** and anyone who has paid attention to politics over the last 20 years knows it. Or as I like to call it, “The Rise of the Party of the Apes.”

Or take Allen West. Seriously, take him to the padded cell and give him 20 CCs of the high test. Ornstein and Mann start off their Post op-ed by noting that recently Rep. Allen West said that there are “78 to 81” Democrats in Congress who are members of the Communist Party. And not one Republican said, “Allen, come on. You’re making us look dumb.”
Allen West is a black man.

Bill Maher, "comedian" and million-dollar donor to the Obama re-election SuperPAC, says that this black man belongs to the "Party of the Apes."  This black man is one of three members of the "Party of the Apes" that is mentioned by name. Think about that for a moment. Consider what might the media firestorm might look like if a conservative were to call the Democrats the "Party of the Apes" and then make a similar comment about Barack Obama. That person would be lucky to have the damage limited to losing his or her career.

Not long ago, there was an article in some leftist publication or other about Donald Trump's birtherism, and slamming Mitt Romney for refusing to get into the "denounce your supporters" game. This call was echoed all over twitter and facebook by the members of the "civil discourse" (from Republicans) and bipartisanship (from Republicans) brigade.  I expect no such media pressure on Obama to repudiate Bill Maher.

(For the record, I do not believe that Maher is making a racist statement here [even though he supports many explicitly racist policies]. I think it's a wrong statement, an idiotic and offensive statement, but not a racist one. I don't think he's explicitly calling out West as an ape because he's black. But by the rules of interpretation foisted upon us by the American political left and its media wing, a Republican making a similar comment would be pilloried.)

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