CONTESSA BREWER, MSNBC HOST: That’s what a lot of people are saying it’s not a laughing matter. They say that there are questions about him, not because there really are questions about where he is born, but because he is black. […]
KATZ: But this whole idea of race, you know what, if there are birthers and they’re all crazy and silly for actually wanting to see a birth certificate, well let’s talk about the racers, the people who believe that everything is a conspiracy about race. It’s Obama’s race that people want to see the birth certificate. It’s Obama’s race that people don’t like the out of control spending. It’s not his race. It’s that he’s awful. The policies are terrible. ObamaCare is a lie and a failure. QE1 and QE2 didn’t work. It’s crazy.
As you’ll see in the clip, Brewer tried to make the case that the quest for the birth certificate was all about race because, hey, Bush’s critics didn’t ask him for one! No, they just called him “Hitler” and fabricated a smear on his military service.
The obvious answer to Brewer’s accusation: Bush’s father wasn’t a Kenyan communist, and Bush didn’t end up living in Indonesia for years. The Bush history, which was already very well known before he ever ran for president (he’d been governor of Texas and owned a baseball team, for goodness sake) doesn’t beg any sort of questions about citizenship, while Obama’s does. Pretty simple, not about race, but that’s not good enough for Brewer. Katz sends it into the bleachers.
KATZ: They didn’t say it was race. Everything that comes out of the racers, and they exist – the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Huffington Post”, some people at your very network, and you know I enjoy having these conversations with you. They are so focused. Everything is about race. It’s not about race. When we talk about Obama and the policies, it’s about the awful policies. It’s about the inability to bring down debt. It’s about the inability to tackle the deficit. And when everybody says, “Oh, they’re just after this because of race,” it is nonsense. It’s a way to stop people from having conversation. Political correctness at its worst. If we want to talk about the issues, let’s talk about the issues.
Well done, Tony.