Skip to comments.Joan Walsh: 'It's Almost Certainly a Fact That Romney Is More Comfortable Around White People'
Posted on 07/05/2012 11:02:18 AM PDT by Kaslin
As NewsBusters reported Saturday, Politico has officially cut ties with White House correspondent Joe Williams for saying presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is more comfortable around "white folks."
Throwing caution to the wind, Salon editor at large Joan Walsh on Thursday doubled-down on these caustic comments writing, "It’s almost certainly a fact that Mitt Romney is more comfortable around white people":
But it is just a fact that Republicans today are disproportionately white and older than the rest of the country. It’s almost certainly a fact that Mitt Romney is more comfortable around white people (unless he leads a secret multi-culti life that we don’t know about). Look at his crowds. Look at his friends. Look at his advisors. Look at that video where he sings “Who Let The Dogs Out?” with black people on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Jacksonville, Fla.
What precipitated these comments from Walsh was her desire to defend herself from a NewsBusters article reporting racist remarks she made on Monday subsequently linked by the Drudge Report Wednesday:
I spent part of my Fourth of July with Matt Drudge fans, after Drudge linked to a silly Newsbusters piece taking umbrage at my interview with PBS’s Tavis Smiley on Monday. (Here’s the whole thing.) Umbrage-addicted Noel Sheppard found fault with most of what I said, but he and his readers were most outraged when I told Smiley that Republicans have “an older white base that doesn’t quite understand how healthcare works.” Also big on Drudge Wednesday: Chris Rock Tweeting “Happy white peoples independence day, the slaves weren’t free but I’m sure they enjoyed fireworks.
Talk about the pot and the kettle, Walsh at this point in her career spends most of her time on MSNBC taking umbrage with every conservative on the planet.
If there were a methadone treatment for umbrage-addiction, Walsh's recommended dosage would 100 time mine.
But I digress:
In the context of my interview with Smiley, it’s clear I’m taking about healthcare reform, or Obamacare. I could have been clearer about that. Either way, the statement is factually true. On the “older white base” part: Only 64 percent of Americans today are non-Hispanic whites, but 89 percent of voters who identified themselves as Republicans in 2009 Gallup polls were non-Hispanic whites. In 2012, more than 90 percent of GOP primary voters were white, and voters over 50 comprised a majority of the electorate in every single exit poll conducted, according to National Journal. In the 2010 congressional midterms, 63 percent of whites over 50 voted Republican.
In 2010, 60 percent of whites voted for Republican House members. There was no "Vote by Race and Age" category in those exit polls, but 59 percent of those 65 and over voted Republican.
As such, in the previous two elections, there wasn't a huge difference between how whites and older whites voted.
But the reality is that ageism isn't the issue. It's that Walsh accused any segment of one race of not understanding how something works.
She tried to defend herself thusly:
On “they don’t quite understand healthcare [reform]” – well, that almost goes without saying, because to be honest, almost nobody entirely understands it. It is complicated, I’ll concede that. But that’s a dodge I don’t need to use. The Tea Party’s failure to understand the healthcare system, and not merely Obamacare, is immortalized in its members’ many demands to “keep government out of my Medicare” — reported not only by President Obama but by conservative Republican Bob Inglis.
I would agree that "almost nobody entirely understands" healthcare, but that's not what she said. She specifically accused older whites of not understanding it.
As for the Tea Party sign regarding keeping government out of Medicare, that point was specific to the section in ObamaCare that takes money from Medicare to fund it.
Many seniors on both sides of the aisle were displeased by this thereby making this Tea Party claim by Walsh a red herring that so many of her ilk like to resort to.
But here was the real laugher: "We are living in a moment when right-wing extremists are casting any critical observation about white people as racism — and the mainstream media, already tongue-tied about race, has no idea how to respond."
This from a woman who casts any critical observation about Obama as racist. One example among many was when she accused Newt Gingrich of racism for calling Obama "the most successful food stamp president in American history,"
She also agreed in November 2010 that conservative criticism of Obama's trip to India had racist overtones.
The fact is that Walsh smells racism in everything associated with this president, and has been pointing fingers at white people for months if not years:
Joan Walsh: 'Newt Is the Face of the Politics' of 'Racism and Angry White Male Rage
Joan Walsh - The Most Bigoted Journalist in Media?
Joan Walsh: Sherrod Can Call Fox and Breitbart Racist Because Father Was Killed By White Man
Salons Walsh Jumps the Shark -- Calls GOP Senators Bigots for Invoking Manhattans Upper West Side
Hardball: Joan Walsh Calls Republican Critics of Obama 'Un-American' and 'Traitorous'
Matthews, Walsh Unsubtly Accuse Obama Opponents Of Racism
See a trend here?
Walsh sees racism everywhere EXCEPT when she's the guilty party.
In this instance, I very much agree that citing race statistics when covering politics or the economy should not be deemed as racist.
However, when you point fingers at part of an ethnic group for not understanding something, that's a whole different story?
Being white and old doesn't make people stupid, and saying it does is racist no matter how you try to defend it.
It is a metaphysical certitude Walsh and her ilk would be shouting racism from the rooftops if a conservative commentator said there is "an older black base that doesnt quite understand how healthcare works."
As that most certainly would have started a liberal firestorm, it should be equally offensive when the word "white" is substituted for "black."
Anyone disagreeing with that must be, well, racist.
Joan has never heard of Chris Rock or else she’d know that plenty of black people also feel more comfortable around white people than they do around black people. This is a big, huge “So what?” to me.
And Joan is most comfortable around Dung Beetles.
Gee and it almost certainly a certanty that Obama is more comfy around other black people.
DUH, this is human nature in it’s rawest form. Humans seprate into tribes, groups, etc etc....
Polish people are more comfortable around other polish people, Japanese around Japanese, Chinese among Chinese....
Liberals taking basic human behavior memes and then twisting them to advance political idealogies is very dishonest.
Some of the most “Racist Condescending” attitues I have ever seen have come from liberal pukes. They spout things like: “He is going to need extra help cause he is (inser ethnic minority here) “
Idiots all of them.
The Rev-rund Jesse Jackson has also stated that he is more comfortable around white people.
You knew it was coming. The old “Race Card”. It will only intensify through the next 4 months.
It’s Certainly a Fact That Joan Walsh Is More Comfortable Around Liars, Criminals and Muslim Marxists.
So what, you propagandizing Commie Beatch?
Even the likes of human detritus, Race Pig Jessie “Extortion” Jackson, has said he is more comfortable around whites.
Democrats see everything through the prism of race. They can’t help it; its who they are.
Not only do they see everything as racial, they can’t believe that there is anyone out there who isn’t like them.
So, to make it simple; if you see race in everything and everyone, there is a political party for you and it is the Democratic Party. Thats where you belong and you will be welcome there among like-minded people.
If you don’t see race everywhere you look; if you care about character, and philosophy, and principles, then you probably won’t be very happy there. You are either a conservative Republican already, or you are headed our way.
I just heard Walter Williams, filling in for Rush, play a clip of Obama launching his African Americans for Obama campaign. Can you image the heads that would be spinning if Romney announced Whites for Romney? Yet Obama does this divisive crap and gets away with it.
Okay Joan please go to the ghetto and hang out with the rapper crowd that absolutely despises your evil white a**. We can all take bets to see how long you stay.
Any time you hear the phrase “Almost certainly”, you can ignore whatever is said next. It’s like being kinda pregnant.
maybe he’s more comfortable with Mexicans
Is this dumb B trying to get fired, too?
Jesse Jackson has said that he too is more comfortable on a dark street around white folks rather than Black ones.
....get the “white” people talking about race, since it doesn’t work if Odungo mentions it...THE MSM is worried more and more people are finding out who Odungo is...Right Barry, Harrison, barack....LET’S SEE, if he still has three more Social Security numbers....that means possibly three more aliases...which also means (my thinking...three more unemployment,welfare,food stamp accounts....hey a street hustler has to hustle)
You said it, but then that is to be expected from thes lunatics
Liberals using the race card!!???!! I’m shocked!!! Shocked I tell you. Actually, libs have using the race card for as long as I’ve been somewhat aware of politics in the early sixties. But this latest one is hilarious. I guess there’s some machine that can test how comfortable people are around other people who they don’t physically resemble. These are arguments of ignoramuses (Walsh, etal) created to appeal to the ignorati who swallow their lies whole.
You know what, Joan?
I am too.
My guess is this witch is most comfortable around other women - especially the non-Feminine kind.
What a hag.
Since most blacks are racists..... why not?
Anyone who refuses to apologize for being themselves, can easily destroy such insult spewing airheads in a debate.
The worst part is he only uses them, but doesn’t do a thing to really help them
EXCELLENT!! I was trying to come up with something like that....beat me!!
“And Joan is most comfortable around Dung Beetles.”
So you’re saying that she likes it when the beetles roll her up in a ball and lay their eggs in her?
Actually, I’m more comfortable around white people too. It’s a natural tribe thing to want to be with people of your own type or kind. I get along with blacks and latinos but I am more comfortable around my kind. White bikers who love to sit around and drink and smoke cigars.
Does that mean I don’t like blacks? Not at all. I drink and smoke and ride with blacks too. But most of the blacks that liberals want me to hang around with are not the kind of people I would hang around with regardless of skin color. I tend to avoid ignorant liberals and criminals who would always be throwing out the race card for every slight they believe has been said in their presence. Thin skinned ignorant people who expect tax payers and the government to provide for them. In other words, progressive socialists.
I extend an invitation to Ms. Walsh to come to my alma mater, Manual Arts High - Los Angeles and hang out for the day. We can then hang out in my old neighborhood just south of school. I’m sure she will feel more than comfortable...
Well, there's some truth the that statement, in that Romney is more comfortable around white people than Obama.
*rme* Stop being ridiculous
Well, let’s face it everyone. We are, after all, running against America’s first black president.
That’s racist right there.
When someone says something like this, they need to have a challenge slammed in their puss -
“either call him a racist and defend the accusation or apologize immediately for insinuating it”
It’s time to be a lot less tolerant with these people.
I find that many times I’m more comfortable around Hispanics than I am around some other white people. Maybe it’s the Roman Catholic thing...or maybe the drinking thing. I’m not sure. People’s cultural backgrounds are usually complex and can’t boiled down into race.
You would think with the lofty rhetoric demos use they would understand this and not make comments like this.
....and Al Sharpton is more comfortable around....
Yeah I know other racists
“Who would be comfortable around that arrogant pos occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.”
Those inhabited by the spirit of anti-Christ...
Did you really want an answer or was that just a rhetorical question?
It’s just the way it is. Most honkeys like being with other honkeys, spear chuckers with spear chuckers, and wet backs with wet backs. I think that was the point she was trying to make.
Does Joan live in a black neighborhood?
I don’t know where she lives, but I’ll bet she’s a LONG way from any minority neighborhoods.
The poster was hinting on that maybe Mitt Romney is not eligible, because his father was born in Mexico. Totally ignoring that George Romney’s (Mitt’s grandparents were American citizens and that Mexico does not grant citizenship to children born in Mexico of foreign citizen. also that Mitt was born in Detroit, Michigan, which is one of 50 states the last time I checked
Hey! That’s “racist”!!!
You know you can say “honkeys” and “crackers”, but you can’t say those other things!
I do not know Mr. Romney’s mind on the race issue; but even if he is more comfortable around whites- SO WHAT! Lord I’m sick of these people like the subject of the article.
I do not know Mr. Romney’s mind on the race issue; but even if he is more comfortable around whites- SO WHAT! Lord, I’m sick of these people like the subject of the article.
Make it popular to call them on it...
Actually, I think BO is more comfortable around white people too.
Who wouldn’t be? Blacks almost unanimously never look for the good in white republicans. They have bought into the race baiting hook, line an sinker, for years. And wow, they are so much better off having bought the democrats BS.
Perhaps if they’d view whites (and all other races) as their fellow Americans, and work alongside everyone for a better future, instead of their enemy because of some past injustice that occured some 200 years ago, we’d all feel more comfortable.
I’m tired of being villified for slavery. I had nothing to do with it, nor did anyone in my family. I also had nothing to do with segregation. I was born AFTER the Civil Rights movement even started.
I’m also tired of being called “pasty white,” and/or a “cracker.”
These are derogatory terms — and they need to stop being used.
I think so even to the point of “smash their mouths.” Lord I’m angry with this nonsense!
They need to be challenged with this:
either call him(me) a racist and defend the accusation or apologize immediately for insinuating it
They can’t be allowed to get away with these insinuations that are intended to silence dissent.
I have no doubt that Joannie Babe feels more comfortable around whites, too.