Even before the 114th Congress opens, with its Republican majority in both houses, the mainstream media attacks are building – and the Congressional Black Caucus is right behind them.
The new front was opened Sunday when a rabidly Democrat website in Louisiana broke a hatchet-job story about House Majority whip Rep. Steve Scalise appearing at a white supremacist event in 2002. (The mainstream media describe the site a “political” or “on Louisiana politics” like it’s neutral or non-partisan. Take a look at it. It’s about as non-partisan as Mary Landrieu.)
Scalise maintains he was a state lawmaker at the time – with a staff of one — speaking to anyone who would listen about his opposition to a tax plan under consideration in Baton Rouge and that he didn’t know who all the groups were.
But to liberal Democrats, left-wing website and the mainstream media (pardon the redundancy), the story of a 12-year-old speech about tax policy in Louisiana is the latest evidence that Republicans are dying to bring back the Jim Crow segregation that Democrats maintained in the South for 100 years.
Lefties at Mediaite, for instance, were almost giddy at the chance to put “KKK” and “GOP Rep. Scalise” in the same headline, with David Duke no less! In a statement published by The Hill on Monday, leading Congressional Black Caucus member Yvette Clarke called on House Speaker John Boehner to investigate.
(Some readers might remember Clarke as the Democrat so stupid she once told Steve Colbert that slavery was legal and practiced in New York as late as 1898. )
In the Washington Post, a reporter for the political column “The Fix,” summed it up nicely:
The GOP has had a pretty good story to tell this year in terms of race and African-American voters. Three black Republicans were elected to Congress — two in the House (Mia Love and Will Hurd) and one in the Senate (Tim Scott). Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) and others are making outreach efforts … Overall, Republicans did better among African American voters, particularly in states like Ohio.
But that good news could be overtaken by some other news: The new House majority whip, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, spoke to a white nationalist group in 2002.
Indeed. CBS News on Monday gave the story a 90-second segment that ended with, “For a Republican Party trying to reach out to minorities this year, this could hurt.”
In 2008, a Barack Obama was on the cusp of winning the Democratic presidential nomination when news broke that his pastor of 20 years – the man who officiated at the Obamas’ wedding and baptized their two children – was a black nationalist who’d spent decades spewing racist hate at a congregation that included the Obamas.
The news media was aghast – that anyone could dredge up an old story to smear a promising young liberal, Democrat, black politician.
In 2014, one speech given 12 years ago by the third-ranking Republican in Congress “could hurt” the party as a whole.
That’s the idea.
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