Friday, October 26, 2012

Shuckin' & Jivin' at the Racist Righties Club


Obama's Shuck and Jive Ends With Benghazi Lies
Why the lies? Why the cover up? Why the dissembling about the cause of the murder of our ambassador on the anniversary of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil? We deserve answers to this. President Obama’s shuck and jive shtick with these Benghazi lies must end
~ From a post on Sarah Palin's Facebook

And Palin's Explanation the following day:
For the record, there was nothing remotely racist in my use of the phrase "shuck and jive" – a phrase which many people have used, including Chris Matthews, Andrew Cuomo, and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney to name a few off the top of my head. In fact, Andrew Cuomo also used the phrase in reference to Barack Obama, and the fact that Mr. Cuomo and I used the phrase in relation to President Obama signifies nothing out of the ordinary. I would have used the exact same expression if I had been writing about President Carter, whose foreign policy rivaled Obama’s in its ineptitude, or about the Nixon administration, which was also famously rocked by a cover-up.

I’ve been known to use the phrase most often when chastising my daughter Piper to stop procrastinating and do her homework. As she is part Yup’ik Eskimo, I’m not sure if this term would be deemed offensive when it’s directed at her or if it would be considered benign as in the case of Chris Matthews’ use of it in reference to Rachel Maddow. Just to be careful, from now on I’ll avoid using it with Piper, and I would appreciate it if the media refrained from using words and phrases like igloo, Eskimo Pie, and “when hell freezes over,” as they might be considered offensive by my extended Alaska Native family.

The outrageously outraged reaction to this expression from perennial hypocrites like Chris Matthews has only made me laugh. Mr. Matthews, let me share with you my favorite Irish toast: “May we always be happy, and may our enemies always know it.”

- Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin Will No Longer Be Racist As Soon As She Understands What Racism Is
Headline on Wonkette

Sarah Palin, the other white meathead.
~ comment by Monseiur Grumpe on Wonkette

Is Sarah old enough to be set adrift on an ice floe yet? (With votes).
~ comment by nounverb911 on Wonkette

You mean I can never say "Swedish Meat Balls" or "American Pie" or "Hawaiian Fruit Punch" or "Wisconsin Cheese" etc etc, because that's racist?
I'm sure "Baked Alaskan" would really piss the snowbilly off.
~ comment by fawkedifiknow on Wonkette

When hell freezes over
I won't die.
I'll sit in my igloo,
and eat Eskimo Pie.
~ comment by Yellerdawg on Wonkette

Wait - did Chris Matthews call Rachel Maddow an Eskimo Pie? I'm confused.
~ comment by Estproph on Wonkette

From the Right-Wing site Newsbusters
On July 7, 2010, Chris Matthews, while talking to Rachel Maddow about her visit to Afghanistan, wondered, "What has it been like, as you shuck and jive, hang out with the men over there, the women over there, in uniform risking their lives every day?" The late Tim Russert also used the term on July 18, 2003.
In 2008, then-New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said of Barack Obama: "You can't shuck and jive at a press conference." Steve McMahon, a Hardball regular, talked to then-MSNBC host Tucker Carlson and demurred, "Well, that's not the way I would have put it."
On September 7, 2011, Jay Carney, a spokesman for Matthews' beloved Obama, told the press corps, "Sorry. I'm going to shuck and jive! Time to shuck and jive."

A dog whistle is a dog whistle . . . A trumpet call is another.
Shuck and jive has a particular ethnic connection, not necessarily bad in all cases. It`s sort of -- it`s slang. It doesn`t mean evil.. . . But to throw it at the president as an ethnic shot is pretty blatant.
. . . Trump says the president is -- quote -- "monkeying with the unemployment numbers."
It just keeps going on over and over again, just enough to keep it in the atmosphere, to the point where today only two in five Republicans in the state of Ohio, only two in five agree that the president was born in this country.
It does work. It bleeds into people. They hear it enough from enough people and they go, well, there must be something there, and they do it and it works, it`s terrible stuff.
~ Chris Matthews on Hardball

Well, for knowledge people, it has roots back in plantation days, actually, when slaves during the shucking of the corn would jive each other around just to pass the time.
~ Clarence Page on Hardball

I think this is rank racism. Sometimes, people on the right get very upset when people on the left charge racism, but shuck and jive, that`s like talking about watermelon or, for Jews, talking about Jews are greedy, or the Irish or drunk, or whatever. This -- these are racist tropes. And we need to call them what they are. And I actually think, at least implicitly, Trump was playing on racism today with his ridiculous stunt demanding Obama`s college transcripts. What`s the subtext of it?
. . . He`s basically saying Barack Obama was too stupid to be at Columbia because he was an affirmative action student, and therefore because he was affirmative action, he must not have had good enough grades to stay in college, or whatever he`s talking about. It`s racist. Let`s get serious about this.
~ Jonathan Alter on Hardball


Story from CNN
Piers Morgan: "Colin Powell has decided to opt for President Obama again, despite apparently still being a Republican. Is it time he left the party?"

John Sununu: "I'm not sure how important that is. Frankly, when you take a look at Colin Powell, you have to wonder if that's an endorsement based on issues, or whether he's got a slightly different reason for preferring President Obama?"

Piers Morgan: What reason would that be?

John Sununu: "Well, I think when you have somebody of your own race that you're proud of being President of the United States, I applaud Colin for standing with him."

Via Huffington Post
UPDATE: Hours after the CNN interview, John Sununu issued a statement about his earlier comments, Politico reported.

"Colin Powell is a friend and I respect the endorsement decision he made and I do not doubt that it was based on anything but his support of the president’s policies. Piers Morgan’s question was whether Colin Powell should leave the party, and I don’t think he should," Sununu said.


Sununu has apparently been pallin' around with Palin at the shuckin' and jivin' dog whistle club.
~ comment by Dorian H. on ThinkProgress

If a military man like Colin Powell, who was absolutely worshiped by Republicans during the Iraq war, can't snap them out of their Romney fantasy, then maybe a cold Electoral College shower on November 6th will.
~ comment by Inga Binga on Huff Post

Funny how nobody claims Clint Eastwood endorsed Romney 'because he's white'. This sort of smear only goes one way - and is a subtle form of racism.
~ comment by myth1958 on Huff Post

Funny that a candidate that can't mention the military at his convention expects an endorsement from an army General.
~ comment by ECB on Huff Post

Intelligence is a liberal word to Sununu.
~ comment by bullwinkle88 on Huff Post

John Sununu is a festering boil on the American political process.
~ comment by Bruce L. on ThinkProgress

You just knew somebody would go there. As evil as this comment is (and make no mistake, it is evil), I think we all need to also reflect on how fundamentally stupid it is, as well.
~ xcomment by Mark M. on ThinkProgress

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