Via USA Today:
With just 30 minutes to go before the polls closed on the first day of early voting Saturday, two lines of people — nearly all of them black — stretched more than 100 yards outside a polling place in this Baltimore suburb. When Democrats see scenes such as this, they must love John Sununu. Sununu is the one-time White House chief of staff who was forced to resign in 1992 for being a “drag” on President George H.W. Bush’s re-election campaign. At the time, he was the symbol of criticism for disarray in the White House. He’s now the co-chair and race-baiter in chief of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign — and, unintentionally, a lightning rod for getting blacks to the polls.
Sununu is well-known for taking racial potshots at Obama, the nation’s first black president. During a recent appearance on Fox News, he called Obama “lazy ,” an oft-used attack on blacks. And in a conference call with reporters, Sununu said he wished Obama “would learn how to be an American ,” words that pander to the debunked charge that Obama was born in Africa.
Sununu doesn’t just want to put a Republican in the White House, he wants to chase a black man from the presidency. To me, Sununu’s overt racial attitude toward Obama is on par with Mississippi Sen. James Vardaman’s outrage when, in 1901, Booker T. Washington became the first black to dine with a president. The White House was “so saturated with the odor of the n**ger that the rats have taken refuge in the stable,” Vardaman said of that historical first.
Sununu was trolling for Romney voters among this nation’s bigots when he went after Powell. He might have suspected what a recent Associated Press poll found: that a slight majority of whites harbor prejudice towards blacks. The poll found that 51% of whites “express explicit anti-black attitudes,” up from 48% in 2008. Republicans 79% were more than twice as likely as Democrats (32%) to openly express racist views, according to the AP poll.
But just as Obama won the presidency four years ago with only 43% of the white vote — along with the overwhelming support of blacks and two-thirds of Hispanics and Asian voters — he can retain the White House with the backing of less than a majority of white voters. The race baiting that Sununu does on behalf of the Romney campaign will almost certainly backfire.
Just a little tid bit of information for you…Thoughts??
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