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GOP attacks on Susan Rice make for bad racial optics
The Grio at NBC News ^ | November 21, 2012 | David A. Love

Posted on 11/21/2012 12:38:59 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

The Republicans really need to lay off UN Ambassador Susan Rice. The image of a party of angry old white dudes going after an accomplished black woman will not give them the image makeover they need.

Not unlike their outrageous behavior over the past four years—and this election season in particular—the party is guilty of overreach. Despite the thrashing the GOP received on election day, and the lessons they should have learned when President Barack Obama cleaned Romney’s clock, old habits are hard to break.

The Grand Old Party has engaged in relentless attacks on Ambassador Rice’s intelligence and reputation, turning her into a scapegoat for the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. At issue for Republicans are Rice’s statements on the Sunday talk show circuit following the attack.

The diplomat characterized the Benghazi incident as a protest by extremists against an anti-Muslim video—an assessment based on the best intelligence the CIA had at the time. Rice had nothing to do with Benghazi, and yet, as a brilliant black woman in the upper echelons of the Obama administration, she is a convenient target for a party that has problems with women and black people...

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TOPICS: Campaign News; Issues; Parties
KEYWORDS: benghazi; libya; obama; susanrice
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So every Democrat with any minority status of any kind gets a complete pass and cannot be held accountable for anything they do or say?
1 posted on 11/21/2012 12:39:06 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Who knew she was black?
Did the murdered Ambassador?


2 posted on 11/21/2012 12:42:13 PM PST by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
...going after an accomplished black woman...

Really? She's the best he could find...regardless? I don't think so.

3 posted on 11/21/2012 12:44:50 PM PST by econjack (Some people are as dumb as soup.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Four dead white guys in Benghazi while the President flies to Las Vegas for a fundraiser makes even worse “racial optics” - if the MSM ever bothered to notice.


4 posted on 11/21/2012 12:45:07 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Diogenesis
The murdered ambassador was homosexual, but that has nothing to do with what happened. Having said that, who deliberately sends a homosexual to represent us in a Muslim country?
6 posted on 11/21/2012 12:45:44 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If the grio’s premise is true....than zero’s giving of “stuff” to the blacks and minorities is also bad racial optics....

Thegrio is just another MSM slime machine....


7 posted on 11/21/2012 12:46:07 PM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: econjack
...going after an accomplished black woman...

You mean the way they disrespected Condi? These people make me sick.

8 posted on 11/21/2012 12:46:20 PM PST by jersey117
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The republicans better fight back against this racism, or they are doomed. Not the racism charge, the actual racism the democrats are employing.

It is not even conceivable that the controversy over Susan Rice’s Benghazi statements has a racial element. But if this is to be the response of someone handling sensitive national security, they are not fit for that position.

For God’s sake, call for her immediate resignation.


9 posted on 11/21/2012 12:47:13 PM PST by Williams (No Obama)
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To: Eye of Newt

That’s different: She’s a “race traitor” and “deserves” whatever happened to her. Didn’t you read the rule book?


10 posted on 11/21/2012 12:48:16 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Kind of like the way gangs will send out the youngest members to do the dirty work, because they know if they get caught they’ll get off easy because they’re just kids.


11 posted on 11/21/2012 12:50:06 PM PST by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Attacks? Like being asked, who gave you the talking points memo for your Sunday show tour?

This is an extension on the War on Women, and using the race card to keep the heat away from The 0ne.


12 posted on 11/21/2012 12:50:53 PM PST by DBrow
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13 posted on 11/21/2012 12:51:26 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The ‘accomplished black woman’ either lied or was lied to by her bosses. She needs to stop hiding behind her skin color and her vagina and admit her mistakes.


14 posted on 11/21/2012 12:55:23 PM PST by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: illiac

Now, now. It’s heartwarming when the opposition tries to give helpful advice to the other side. Obviously, they have our very best interests at heart and we should, instantly, comply. /s


15 posted on 11/21/2012 12:56:35 PM PST by DanMiller (Dan Miller)
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To: Diogenesis

Rice is BLACK? OK, then, Not guilty.. Who didn’t see this coming.. Geeeze


16 posted on 11/21/2012 12:57:06 PM PST by carlo3b (Less Government, more Fiber..)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
At least someone has finally "got the picture."

A conquering people will not allow criticism of their person. This is what we are beginning to see; i.e. the closing down of all criticism. Get used to it.

17 posted on 11/21/2012 12:57:06 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Note to all the race baiters and feminists....Minorities and women will NEVER be equal until they are judged equally to white men. PERIOD. That’s it.

If Obama or Susan Rice were white men, they would both be out of a job by now.


18 posted on 11/21/2012 12:57:32 PM PST by No Socialist
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Vicious attacks on [Clarence Thomas, Allan West, Herman Cain, Clarence Thomas] make for bad racial optics.


19 posted on 11/21/2012 12:58:14 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Race baiting b.s.


20 posted on 11/21/2012 12:59:22 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

From my perspective it appears that the country’s first black president refused to send aid to 4 white Americans who were under fire and eventually murdered, and then sent out his black UN AMbassador to lie to the American people about it. How’s that for racial optics?


21 posted on 11/21/2012 1:00:09 PM PST by pgkdan (We are witnessing the modern sack of Rome. The barbarians have taken over.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Angry old black dude scolds “angry old white dudes”. Thanks, dude, for your analysis on how the GOP “lost” black voters.


22 posted on 11/21/2012 1:05:51 PM PST by windsorknot
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To: Diogenesis

Here comes that race card again. Every incompetent black that ever lived has played that card over and over.

The media eats it up.

We hired her because she was black, we should fire her because she is incompetent.Like her boss.


23 posted on 11/21/2012 1:09:24 PM PST by Venturer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just because democrats are obsessed with race is no reason to emulate them.


24 posted on 11/21/2012 1:13:02 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Having said that, who deliberately sends a homosexual to represent us in a Muslim country?
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The same friggin idiot who sends a woman to be Secretary of State to a Muslim Country, where their women have to wear Burkas.

Now admittedly Hillary would look better in a Burka, but Muslims do not like their own women , much less ours. Now they want to replace that woman with another ,this time a black woman who they like even less.

You tell me who advises this racist Muslim clown.


25 posted on 11/21/2012 1:13:10 PM PST by Venturer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ain’t it just odd that the black muslim massa of the house sent miss susie out unarmed so he could hide behind her skirts...just like muslims are wont to do?


26 posted on 11/21/2012 1:13:39 PM PST by MestaMachine (It's the !!!!TREASON!!!!, stupid!)
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To: Diogenesis

You know, I honestly did not until maybe 10 days ago. I tend to listen to the TV more than watch it and not all threads on FR are accompanied by pictures ;-) I despised her lying on the talk shows, and if you’d held up a picture of a blond woman and told me that it was Susan Rice I wouldn’t have argued.

But yes, a person lies to the public to protect the administration, and we’re supposed to not only ignore that, but give her a promotion too!

Red black blue or brown, I don’t care what her race is. It’s the acts and ideas I detest, not the person or their race.


27 posted on 11/21/2012 1:15:03 PM PST by bigbob
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To: Venturer

You might wish to recall that GWB did the same with ol condi there.


28 posted on 11/21/2012 1:15:29 PM PST by MestaMachine (It's the !!!!TREASON!!!!, stupid!)
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To: Venturer

Unless you want to adversely affect the United States?


29 posted on 11/21/2012 1:16:25 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: pgkdan

Obama is not “black” or African-American. Like most Americans he is a mixture of ethnic blood. If Obama was smart he would emphasize his mixture and encourage all of us to see America as a melting pot where we mix our diversity into a cauldron that produces the strong metal of America, a metal that is stronger than all separated ethnic cultural allegiances, a metal that merges us into a united nation, a nation that is e plurabus unum, not a nation that is divided by so called race or ethnicity. I am NOT white or black or German or French - all the ancestry of my past is merged together in an America I want to celebrate with all who come from diverse backgrounds and ancestries but to do this we MUST STOP thinking of ourselves as being of a certain race or ethnic group.


30 posted on 11/21/2012 1:17:33 PM PST by knightforhire (Gov Blog thought he talked to an Obama man?)
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To: knightforhire

Right. As far as I’m concerned he’s black.


31 posted on 11/21/2012 1:19:49 PM PST by pgkdan (We are witnessing the modern sack of Rome. The barbarians have taken over.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“So every Democrat with any minority status of any kind gets a complete pass and cannot be held accountable for anything they do or say?”

You have stumbled upon a fundamental truth, my friend.

The veracity of her words is validated by the color of her skin, IF she is a Democrat.


32 posted on 11/21/2012 1:21:05 PM PST by Elsiejay
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yeah. You must not have heard—Honesty, responsibility, and competence are old white dude values.


33 posted on 11/21/2012 1:22:09 PM PST by Arm_Bears (The MSM lies about conservatives; and it lies about liberals.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Rats own affirmative action politics.


34 posted on 11/21/2012 1:27:27 PM PST by TheDon (In 2012, American voters chose European style big gov't.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If Obama would appoint a white male to anything then we could freely criticize them.


35 posted on 11/21/2012 1:27:40 PM PST by omega4179 ( el 0bama comio un perro)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The Left will continue to push its illogical wares & theories by every device that has any effect. It is up to us to not allow blatant efforts, like this, to silence criticism, intimidate us.

If Miss Rice cannot answer the criticism, she certainly does not deserve a promotion. But no one should dignify this ridiculous gambit by wringing their hands, and hesitating to make the perfectly valid point, that the woman deliberately misrepresented what was happening in Libya.

And by the way, if anyone needs to clean up their approach to dealing with other races, it is those in this Administration, who try to blame Whites for all sorts of problems, that have nothing to do with White attitudes. (None of us sat in a church for 20 years, where they "damned" America, either.

William Flax

36 posted on 11/21/2012 1:33:09 PM PST by Ohioan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"People of color" must not be held to the same standards as everyone else, but don't you DARE say it's because they are inferior.

It is because they are "special," in the "education" sense of the term.

37 posted on 11/21/2012 1:43:29 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the psychopath.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I can smell the fecal matter from here. Loads and loads of it.


38 posted on 11/21/2012 1:51:55 PM PST by jimt (Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.)
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To: No Socialist

The only thing equal among all people from conception to death is “the soul” i.e., life itself.


39 posted on 11/21/2012 1:57:57 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Ohioan

The Left will continue to push its illogical wares & theories by every device that has any effect.
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This is nothing ‘new’.

When hillary was running against Lazio, he called her ma’am (which is what young Catholic boys are taught to call female elders - like sir for men) and stepped from behind the podium and he was accused of ‘attacking’ and bullying her because she was a she (well supposedly).

Also the ADM (GEN?) that was calling Boxer ma’am (which BTW is(was) the Military Custom for a male addressing a Senior (in rate/rank) female, or an older female)

AND both times (including numerous other type examples) the LIBS got away with it.

Like Gingrich or not, if he was in a leadership position this petty name calling etc would at least be challenged.


40 posted on 11/21/2012 2:04:06 PM PST by xrmusn (6/98 "Hope in one hand and $hiite in the other and see which fills up first".)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh, right...let’s trash Clarence Thomas and Condi Rice instead. Then the media scumsuckers will hail us as heroes.


41 posted on 11/21/2012 2:23:11 PM PST by rfp1234 (Arguing with a liberal is like playing chess with a pigeon.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Holder.
Rangel.
Jackson Jr.
Marxine Waters.
—— (ad nauseam to infinity) -——


42 posted on 11/21/2012 2:25:02 PM PST by rfp1234 (Arguing with a liberal is like playing chess with a pigeon.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The true issue here, and the one that even so-called conservatives have failed to explore, is — why were pleas for more security in Benghazi ignored? How many times was the request made? Who decided that unarmed contractors and local security was adequate? Are all diplomats serving in unstable countries “protected” similarly?

The obvious answer on all counts is to pander to political correctness, although we will never hear that. In the State Department, the lunatics truly are running the asylum.


43 posted on 11/21/2012 2:35:52 PM PST by con-surf-ative
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The diplomat characterized the Benghazi incident as a protest by extremists against an anti-Muslim video—an assessment based on the best intelligence the CIA had at the time.

Lie.

44 posted on 11/21/2012 3:00:17 PM PST by dirtboy
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To: Venturer; 2ndDivisionVet
Having said that, who deliberately sends a homosexual to represent us in a Muslim country?

Bush.

US Ambassador Chris Stevens was 'courageous and exemplary,' Obama says

Stevens had only just taken up his appointment, arriving in May after having served two previous roles in the country: Special Representative to the Libyan Transitional National Council during the Libyan revolution from March 2011 to November 2011, and Deputy Chief of Mission from 2007 to 2009.

The same friggin idiot who sends a woman to be Secretary of State to a Muslim Country, where their women have to wear Burkas. ... You tell me who advises this racist Muslim clown.

I didn't know Dubya was a Muslim but he did have a woman Sec. State.

45 posted on 11/21/2012 3:07:06 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Rice is a liar in any color


46 posted on 11/21/2012 3:18:19 PM PST by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Susan Rice not black, she 1/4 black... to a white MoM and half-black dad..

She mini-mulatto.. or very white but kinda black.. -OR- anything BUT black..

She a parasite on blackness, a race pimp, an affirmative action Whore.. An effeminate call-girl...


47 posted on 11/21/2012 3:18:35 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Madeline Albright, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton...Secretaries of State all confirmed since the last white male, Warren Christopher. So we have had, woman/ African-American/ African-American woman/ woman. Enough of this silly stuff.


48 posted on 11/21/2012 4:39:47 PM PST by Anima Mundi (Envy is just passive, lazy greed.)
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To: TigersEye

So Bush made the same mistake Obama did.

No Bush wasn’t a Muslim, just a nice idiot, out of his depth.


49 posted on 11/21/2012 4:49:12 PM PST by Venturer
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To: MestaMachine

IMO Another Bush mistake.


50 posted on 11/21/2012 4:52:16 PM PST by Venturer
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