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Tue Oct 2, 2012, 09:28 AM

George Will's column today: Voters basically tolerate Obama because he's Black

I used to think George Will was one of the more reasonable and moderate Republicans. It's disgraceful he would write something like this.

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Why Americans Might Tolerate This Failed President

GEORGE F. WILL

Obama's administration is in shambles, yet he is prospering politically. This may not, however, entirely be evidence of the irrationality of the electorate. Something more benign may be at work.

SNIP

Perhaps a pleasant paradox defines this political season: That Obama is African-American may be important, but in a way quite unlike that darkly suggested by, for example, MSNBC's excitable boys and girls who, with their (at most) one-track minds and exquisitely sensitive olfactory receptors, sniff racism in any criticism of their pin-up.

Instead, the nation, which is generally reluctant to declare a president a failure thereby admitting that it made a mistake choosing him seems especially reluctant to give up on the first African-American president. If so, the 2012 election speaks well of the nation's heart, if not its head.


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http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-on-the-right/100112-627665-obama-re-elected-even-if-hes-failed.htm

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Reply George Will's column today: Voters basically tolerate Obama because he's Black (Original post)
TroyD Oct 2012 OP
get the red out Oct 2012 #1
alcibiades_mystery Oct 2012 #7
treestar Oct 2012 #2
Liberal_Stalwart71 Oct 2012 #13
global1 Oct 2012 #3
Cosmocat Oct 2012 #6
WI_DEM Oct 2012 #4
Efilroft Sul Oct 2012 #10
gordianot Oct 2012 #5
Jennicut Oct 2012 #8
subgenius691 Oct 2012 #25
Jennicut Oct 2012 #29
subgenius691 Oct 2012 #30
spartan61 Oct 2012 #9
Maeve Oct 2012 #11
onenote Oct 2012 #12
yellowcanine Oct 2012 #14
SoapBox Oct 2012 #15
beac Oct 2012 #16
bemildred Oct 2012 #17
zipplewrath Oct 2012 #18
Zoeisright Oct 2012 #19
S_E_Fudd Oct 2012 #20
Jeff In Milwaukee Oct 2012 #21
polichick Oct 2012 #22
FrenchieCat Oct 2012 #23
subgenius691 Oct 2012 #24
NCLefty Oct 2012 #26
LiberalFighter Oct 2012 #27
daligirl519 Oct 2012 #28
hockeynut57 Oct 2012 #31
Zen Democrat Oct 2012 #32
yellowcanine Oct 2012 #33

Response to TroyD (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 09:29 AM

1. Projection again

The right tolerates rMoney because he's white.

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Response to get the red out (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 09:43 AM

7. Exactly right: nobody, not even GOPers LIKE Mitt Romney

Nobody is "Pro" Romney. he just happens to be the not-so-great white hope for them, the "Anybody-But-Hussein," as they say.

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Response to TroyD (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 09:31 AM

2. WEll George it would be easier for the President if he was

a Latino

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Response to treestar (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 11:23 AM

13. DUzy alert!!!

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Response to TroyD (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 09:33 AM

3. What Exactly Is He Talking About When He Says "Obama's Administration Is In Shambles"?....

I see an entirely different picture of Obama's administration and I just don't understand how someone could see it as being in shambles. Are we that different from the George Will's of the world that things are really completely 180?

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Response to global1 (Reply #3)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 09:40 AM

6. yeah

that struck me to.

Just throw it out as a given fact, Obama administration in shambles ..."

Huh?

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Response to TroyD (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 09:34 AM

4. Obama has been far from a failure. Did you vote for Bush II in '04, Will?

that was a failure.

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Response to WI_DEM (Reply #4)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 10:21 AM

10. Miserable failure, actually.

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Response to TroyD (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 09:35 AM

5. It sucks being a Republican nowdays saying stupid shit comes so easy.

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Response to TroyD (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 09:45 AM

8. Yeah, we are voting for Obama again because we feel bad about possibly voting out

the first black President.

WTF kind of argument is that? First of all, many of us don't see a failed President and second of all this crap about his race allowing him to be a so called "failed President." Ugg. Why can't Republicans just get over the fact that he is a black man already. It's freakin 2012.

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Response to Jennicut (Reply #8)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 03:05 PM

25. what did the article say?...oh yea..

 

- "sniff racism in any criticism of their pin-up."

i see what he means now...thanks for the example

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Response to subgenius691 (Reply #25)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 03:16 PM

29. George Will brought up his race in the first place.

Why would I need to point out Will's obsession with President Obama's race if he hadn't brought it up in the first place? Republicans play hurt at the first sign that their race baiting crap is called upon.

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Response to TroyD (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 10:01 AM

9. Did Mr. Will overlook the fact

that President Obama is as much white as he is black? What the hell does the color of his skin have to do with the Presidency? President Obama has done a wonderful job trying to clean up the mess that W left, even with all the repuke obstruction. Imagine what could have been done with cooperation from the right. Oh, that's right. Their plan was to obstruct. What a bunch of horse's asses!!

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Response to TroyD (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 10:29 AM

11. Will has once of the worst records of pundits--he's wrong more than 50% of the time

Mostly because he can't see truth anymore. Go back to talking baseball, George

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Response to TroyD (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 10:33 AM

12. Will's own words contradict the point he's trying to make

Will cites the "colorblind" hiring and firing of Frank Robinson as the Cleveland Indians' manager in the mid-1970s in order to draw a contrast between decisions made with the "head" rather than the "heart." Accepting the premise that Robinson's firing was in fact colorblind, Will himself acknowledges that decision was not made by the owners -- who he describes as incompetent and impatient and that Robinson went on to manage other teams with distinction. Will ignores some other salient facts that suggest further parallels that don't fit his conclusion, such as the fact that Robinson compiled a better record as manager of the Indians than both the manager he replaced and the manager that replaced him -- just as President Obama has turned around the record of his predecessor and there is no guarantee that replacing him will improve things.

The point, as baseball fan Will clearly knows, is that in the end a manager's success turns on the abilities of his team and whether they will follow his "game plan." Imagine a baseball manager trying to succeed when half of his team announces that they want their manager to fail That's what "manager" Obama has had to deal with and if Mr. Will really wants to see the nation's problems addressed he ought to be focusing on the behavior of the "bad apples" on the team -- the republicans that block the Obama game plan.

But I'm not holding my breath.

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Response to TroyD (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 11:37 AM

14. Will has apparently not considered that his premise of "people think Obama is a failure" is wrong.

Because that would mean that Georgie is wrong and Georgie is never wrong, except for that unfortunate problem of his first wife, but that was a long time ago.

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Response to TroyD (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 11:42 AM

15. Outrageous

Always the asshole.

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Response to TroyD (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 12:04 PM

16. Hey Georgie boy, think anyone might be voting AGAINST Obama

solely based on the color of his skin?!?!?!!

And "shambles"???? This from a man who supported Bush???



*edited for fatfinger typo*

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Response to TroyD (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 12:15 PM

17. This does not speak very well of Will's heart or his head. nt

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Response to TroyD (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 12:52 PM

18. Will never had it

He's been getting by on a strong vocabulary, a solid historical background, and the ability to speak and write well. But his arguments are regularly based upon horribly flawed "facts".

Obama's administration has been anything but "in a shambles". Quite the opposite, they've been fairly successful at achieving the outcomes they've wanted, despite strong opposition from the GOP.

Strangely, it is many things the GOP was advocating 10 years ago or so.

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Response to TroyD (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 01:12 PM

19. George Will is a fucking ignorant bigot.

It's a sin that he's allowed to make money from his ranting.

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Response to TroyD (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 01:55 PM

20. You mean an old, white, Republican pundit who hasn't left the confines of the beltway in 40 years...

Doesn't understand Obama's appeal in the rest of the country...?

I'm stunned!!

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Response to TroyD (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 02:06 PM

21. And they "tolerated" George W Bush in 2004 because....

we have soft spot for drooling idiots?

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Response to TroyD (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 02:10 PM

22. Speaking for yourself again, George. Get help!

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Response to TroyD (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 02:57 PM

23. Well, George Will's Republican party has been working to keep us from voting......

so perhaps, we simply prefer to vote for the party that among other things, allows us to vote, no?

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Response to TroyD (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 03:02 PM

24. being disgraceful does not make it un-true

 

The Negro needs the white man to free him from his fears. The white man needs the Negro to free him from his guilt.
- Martin Luther King Jr

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Response to TroyD (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 03:08 PM

26. What a jerkbag.

"MSNBC's excitable boys and girls who, with their (at most) one-track minds and exquisitely sensitive olfactory receptors, sniff racism in any criticism of their pin-up."

Gosh, George, did you write that all by yourself or lift it from a snooty righty board?

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Response to TroyD (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 03:10 PM

27. The only thing in shambles is George Will

He has an easy job and demonstrates that Social Security retirement at a later age is not a good idea. He should had retired six years ago when he turned 65.

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Response to TroyD (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 03:11 PM

28. I tolerated Dubya for 8 years. . .

And I'm black. Tit for tat.

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Response to TroyD (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 03:35 PM

31. BEFORE THEY WERE BORN,,,

god told gw and barack there were only two choices about what they would be when they entered this life, black or stupid... barack chose black

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Response to TroyD (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 03:41 PM

32. I remember that George Will was the thief who stole Jimmy Carter's debate book.

And gave it to Reagan in 1980. And helped brief Reagan for the debates. He did not disclose that he was working for the Reagan campaign to ABC. Jimmy Carter directly accused George Will of the theft, and Will called President Carter a liar. I think we all know that President Carter is no liar, but that George Will is a raggedy piece of dogshit.

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Response to TroyD (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 04:45 PM

33. I guess those sentimental Americans aren't as smart as you George, because most of them don't

think Obama is a failure. Must be tough being smarter than everyone else and no one will listen to you.

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