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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Herman Cain Plays The Race Card

After being ridiculed by The Daily Show's Jon Stewart for saying that he would not sign a bill longer than three pages, Herman Cain played the race card Wednesday, saying "as far as him mocking me, look I’ve been called every name in the book because I’m a conservative, because I’m black." (hat tip: memeorandum)

Certainly racial minorities and women in the conservative movement have been subject to extremely inappropriate and vicious identity-based attacks and racism from their political opponents, and when it happens it's disgustingly hypocritical.

I'm sure Herman Cain has been the victim of racist character assassinations before because of his association with conservatism. Look no further than former RNC Chairman Michael Steele, or V.P. Candidate Sarah Palin, or conservative blogger Michelle Malkin (who's had to contend with the sin of being conservative and both a woman and a racial minority).

But Jon Stewart's recent remarks weren't at all racially-charged, not in any way shape or form. Herman Cain wasn't responding to racism, he was just playing the race card in a move that may alienate some of his supporters, because if I know anything about the Tea Party lot, I know they positively abhor the politics of race and the use of the race card to deflect legitimate criticism.

Does Herman Cain honestly believe that Jon Stewart was attacking him because he's black, or does Mr. Cain simply believe that he should be subject to no criticism or scrutiny because of his race? Would Herman Cain call me a racist for questioning his support of the TARP bailouts, which virtually all Tea Party supporters say they oppose? Is any criticism of Cain evidence of racism? That's how I expect Democrats to argue, not contenders for the Republican Party's nomination.

Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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