Ed Driscoll

Subterranean Homesick Blue State Blues

Ace writes,”Reporter: Obama Privately Put Out Word at Dinner That Opposition To Him Was Based on ‘Subterranean’ Racist Impulses.” He first looks back at the Oba-media using the R-word against first fellow Democrats Bill and Hillary, plus Democrats who voted for Hillary in the primaries and supporters such as liberal stalwart Geraldine Ferraro, and only later against McCain and Palin.

By the end of the campaign, and continuing into the rise of the Tea Parties, as Ace notes, “Obama’s race was a perfect defense for everything:”

It was like a comedy sketch — where you couldn’t say anything about the guy without being screamed at for being “racist.” (Well, Joe Biden could claim, of course, that it was just “story-book” that we were exposed to our very first “articulate and clean” African-American… that was just “sweet,” not racist in the genial way a senile old man whittling on a swinging porch-seat is sweet rather than racist.)

This continues to this day. In 2009, Tea Partiers carried signs accusing Obama of being a socialist. Media conclusion? Racism.

Now, it has long been claimed that Obama’s minions and the media (but I repeat myself) are just coming up with these nasty attacks themselves, and that our post-racial president has nothing, nothing at all to do with them.

Now we have proof from a reporter that’s a lie.

Obama Reportedly Suggested Tea Partiers Are Partially Motivated By Race.Kenneth T. Walsh, in a “Special Report” for US News Weekly (2/26) titled, “Race in the Era of Obama,” writes that in May 2010, President Obama “told guests at a private White House dinner that race was probably a key component in the rising opposition to his presidency from conservatives, especially right-wing activists in the anti-incumbent ‘Tea Party’ movement. … A guest suggested that when Tea Party activists said they wanted to ‘take back’ their country, their real motivation was to stir up anger and anxiety at having a black president, and Obama didn’t dispute the idea. He agreed that there was a ‘subterranean agenda’ in the anti-Obama movement — a racially biased one.”

I don’t have a cite yet, because it takes a few days for US News to add this stuff to its online site, but I have that from a very good source.

Or to put it another way, “Pick one of Obama’s conservative critics, Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who caresand call them racists.”