Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Clyburn Joins Fudge In Claims of GOP Racism, Misogyny

Sometimes, incompetency is simply incompetency.  Sometimes, lies are just lies.  Sometimes, covering up for an administration is simply covering up for an administration.  Incompetency, lying, and covering up have nothing to do with race or gender.  What is now unfolding in the defense of the Obama administration's deceitful and incompetent handling of the murder of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya - including our American ambassador - on September 11, 2012, is the utterly bogus charge that U.N. ambassador Susan Rice is being held accountable for her false remarks on five, count 'em, five Sunday talk shows because she is a black woman.


Did Republicans lob that whine when National Security advisor and then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was regularly raked over the coals by the likes of Senator Barbara Boxer and called everything despicable under the sun by those tolerant (not) members of the Democratic Party during her years of service in the GWB administration?

No. No, we did not.

For the party of perpetual victimhood, every criticism over incompetency is viewed as a racial attack, if the person criticized is a person of color:
Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Tuesday a letter from nearly 100 House Republicans urging President Obama not to appoint Susan Rice as Secretary of State employed racially-charged "code words" to make its case.
The letter, signed by 97 House Republicans, says Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, "is widely viewed as having either willfully or incompetently misled the American public in the Benghazi matter" — language Clyburn saw as racially loaded.
"You know, these are code words," Clyburn, the third-ranking Democrat in the House, told CNN. "We heard them during the campaign, during this recent campaign we heard Sen. Sununu calling our president lazy, incompetent, these kinds of terms that those of us, especially those of us who were grown and raised in the South, we would hear these little words and phrases all of our lives and we'd get insulted by them.

Sometimes, Rep Clyburn, incompetency is simply incompetency.  Sometimes lies are simply lies and sometimes cover-ups are cover-ups. As far as Sununu's remarks go, he repeated Obama's own words of self-criticism - that he was lazy in aspects of his academic career and that trait carries over into his political career, too.  And, yes, Republicans think that President Obama is incompetent in how he has led. The same was true on how Democrats felt about George W. Bush. It's politics.

Clyburn's cynical remarks come on the heels of a letter sent by Rep Marcia Fudge - a black woman who has been elected to head up the Congressional Black Caucus - accusing criticism of Rice as solely brought forward due to her race and gender.  She claims Rice is criticized because she is a black woman. A dozen women from the House signed on to that letter.

Here's the thing - Rice is being singled out because she is the one who was sent out by the White House to do its bidding.  She is the one who parroted the White House's line that it was a video that no one had seen which caused the mob to assemble and kill our ambassador and a member of his staff and then two more Americans in a second attack later that night.  She is the one now so dishonestly championed by Barack Obama after he admitted she knew nothing about the events, that she was just someone sent out to do his bidding as he campaigned for re-election.

The letter sent out by Fudge was a publicity seeking stunt to perpetuate the dishonest narrative that Republicans are racist and misogynist humans not to be taken seriously. 

Equality to most people would mean that a person in a powerful position is held accountable for his/her actions, regardless of that person's gender or race.  When Republicans voice an honest protest over promoting a member of the Obama administration to a higher position due to questions on her competency and displeasure of her comportment in her current position, Democrats cry foul.  How insincere.  President Obama stated he intends to nominate Rice to the office of Secretary of State when Hillary Clinton leaves the administration.  It is right to voice concerns. 

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