RUSH: Another See, I Told You So. Way back in the spring (it might even predate that) we had a call on this program from somebody who said, ‘But, Rush! But, Rush! If Obama is elected president, isn’t that gonna just take care of most of the racial strife in this country? Because, I mean, how could they keep calling us racist if a black man is elected president?’
I said, ‘You don’t understand the race business. It will get worse. If Obama is elected, the race business will expand. The accusations of racism in this country will increase.’
‘But, Rush! But, Rush,’ you say, ‘How can this be?’
Well, ladies and gentlemen, I’m holding here in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers a printed story from the far left-wing leaning Editor and Publisher website. ‘The question of how strongly race will play out in the November election — that is, how many whites will prove to be colorblind — has dominated the discussion of racial politics in the Obama-McCain race so far. But coming this Sunday, The New York Times Magazine looks at what the Obama candidacy ultimately means for blacks. The cover story, by frequent contributor Matt Bai, is titled ‘Post-Race’ and the Times, in its preview, asks, ‘Is Obama the end of black politics?’ More from the teaser: ‘For older black leaders whose road to Washington began with civil rights marches and Southern jails, the prospect of a Barack Obama presidency is gratifying, but unsettling as well. In POST-RACE, contributing writer Matt Bai asks what a black president would mean for black politics.
‘The slowness of old Washington hands — Charles Rangel, John Lewis, Jesse Jackson — to embrace Obama as a torch-bearer was one sign of wariness that the absorption of black politics into American politics…’ How about that, folks: ‘the absorption of black politics into American politics’? What the Sam Hill does that mean? ‘[T]he absorption of black politics into American politics’? Now, get the rest of the way the sentence finishes here: ‘one sign of wariness that the absorption of black politics into American politics could ironically mean a decline of black influence.’ See, I told you. They are worried about this. Because once Obama gets in there (if it happens), the biggest problem they’ve got is that black people have been raised to be inferior. They’ve been told they’re inferior. That’s what keeps ’em in line; that’s what keeps ’em angry.
That’s what keeps ’em agitated. When you’re inferior, when you’re told you’re inferior, or you feel you’re inferior, you’re blaming somebody else for being better than you, and it keeps you all upset. This is what the race industry and business has relied on, among other things. But how do you keep people inferior when ‘one of their own,’ quote, unquote, is the president? And this, ladies and gentlemen, is the great fear that the race industry has about Obama’s election. Not to mention the fact that Jesse Jackson is jealous as hell of him. Jesse wants to, you know, castrate the guy (and don’t think that’s going away just ’cause he got caught). Now, here’s the truth of the matter. It is not going to mean the end of black influence. Mark my words. If indeed Barack Obama becomes the 44th president of the United States, virtually every criticism mounted against him and his policies, will said to be rooted in racism. I guarantee you. It’s already happening now.
All you’ve gotta do is mention his stupid trip to Germany. ‘It’s racist!’ All you gotta do is run an ad that puts Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. ‘Racist!’ They’re already doing it. Skinny? You run an ad that says Obama is skinny or you do a story that says he’s skinny, that’s racist because you’re focusing on how he looks — and when you’re focusing on how he looks, you’re noticing his skin color! Who wrote that? Timothy Noah, Slate magazine. Noah, you forgot the ears. That’s what some of you just can’t avoid noticing about Obama is the Dumbo ears. We don’t see his black skin; he does! He talks about it all the time. You people talk about it all the time on the left, as did E.J. Dionne, Jr. Yesterday afternoon, MSNBC Live Andrea Mitchell, NBC News, Washington, said to him, ‘Does Senator Obama have any responsibility for the way the campaign’s shifted toward race last week, for having opened it up with his saying, ‘you know, they’re going to come after me,’ and mentioning John McCain by name?’
DIONNE: Race is going to be an underlying factor in this election whether we, uh, like it or not. I think, uh, Obama, uh, is going to have to deal with a certain amount of racial feeling among those voters who aren’t, you know, pure racists but may feel — as they would put it in polls — ‘uncomfortable,’ and so I think to have this warning now, uh, might actually help, uh, Obama in the long run.
RUSH: All right. So here’s E.J. Dionne, Jr., suggesting that Obama is going to have to deal with a certain amount of racial feeling among voters who aren’t pure racists, pure racists, pure racists. Uh, aside from the pure racists, people who are ‘uncomfortable’ voting for Obama are racist, too. See how this works? Of course, we have the ‘pure racists’ — and, wink, wink, we all know who they are, don’t we? Yeah. We all know where they live, don’t we? Yeah. Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, redneck Riviera in Florida, yeah, we know where they live! They have gun racks in the back of the pickup, going to church every day. Yeah, the bitter clingers, we know who they are. We know who the bitter, bitter racists are.
But also, says Dionne, people who are ‘uncomfortable’ voting for Obama are racists as well. So what they’re setting up here is that anybody who doesn’t vote for The Messiah is a racist. Were we racist because we were uncomfortable with the haughty John Kerry? They’re the ones that keep this alive, and I’ll tell you why. It is a distraction. They’re trying to keep everybody on defense. They know that the Republican Party has certain elements in it that will do anything to avoid being called racist. (sobbing) ‘No, please don’t call me a racist! Don’t! I have a lot of friends who are black people. I’m not a racist. Don’t call me one.’ They know that. They want to intimidate them into not criticizing anything else about Obama, like this stupid tire gauge plan! I still… Folks, I am 57 years old, and I cannot believe that I spent an hour and a half of this program talking about that idea.