On this morning's Morning Joe (a show I would avoid like the plague even if I got MSNBC), Chris Matthews went at it with GOP Chairman Reince Preibus. From the MSNBC website, here's the most salient portion:
I have to call you on this Mr. Chairman. You’ve been suggesting that somehow Obama has been running a negative campaign and your guy is running a positive campaign, but that’s not accurate. They’ve both been negative. That cheap shot about 'I don’t have a problem with my birth certificate [from Romney] was awful. It is an embarrassment to your party to play that card. This part about getting rid of the work requirement for welfare is dishonest. You are playing that ethnic card there.
You can play your games and giggle about it, but the fact is your side is playing that card. When you start talking about work requirements, you know what game you’re playing, and everybody knows what game you’re playing. It’s the race card. Yeah, if your name is Romney, yeah you were well-born, you went to prep school. Yeah, brag about it. Yeah, this guy [Obama] has an African name and he has to live with it.
Okay... so what I'm getting here is:
1) It's okay for Barack Obama to be negative because Romney has been, too. Which, I guess, it really is, but it's Obama who has been denying that he's running a negative campaign. You'll notice Mr. Matthews doesn't even try to defend that stance.
2) A joke which mentions Barack Obama's... nuanced relationship with his birth certificate is somehow racist and evil- as opposed to a one-liner to be dismissed and forgotten. You'd think the Democrats were a little sensitive about that issue. I wonder if it's because Obama himself claimed to be a citizen of Indonesia (or was it Kenya? It's hard to keep straight with the SCOAMT) for something like 14 years.
3) Working is racist. Apparently, only white people are capable of work, so requiring that welfare recipients work (or prove they're trying to get work) has a "disparate impact" on minorities. Yes, Blacks and Hispanics, the Democrats believe you're too shiftless, lazy, and inept to be expected to work. Republicans believe that you are quite capable, and that requiring you to do so is a good way to prevent the "hand up" that welfare is supposed to be from becoming a "hand out" which will only increase your dependency on the Government.
4) Barack Hussein Obama, who has gone by at least two names we know of (his current, and Barry Soetoro) is not capable of changing his name. So is it his black half that can't change that, or his white half?
As light as I'm making of this imbecilic comment, it's important to understand: the Democrats really believe this. They really believe that Blacks and Hispanics can only function with government help, that Blacks and Hispanics really are shiftless, lazy, and incompetent. Republicans believe they're people just like Whites and Asians, and can succeed at anything if they'll put in the time, work, and effort.