Ebony and Apathy

From the Los Angeles Times:

BALTIMORE — The lesser-known Republican presidential candidates condemned their top rivals Thursday for skipping a debate on minority issues and said their absence hurt the party’s image and amplified racial divisions.

Four empty lecterns highlighted the decisions of former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Sen. John McCain of Arizona and former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee to skip the debate at historically black Morgan State University.

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“Frankly, I’m embarrassed,” former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said in the debate, broadcast on PBS. “I’m embarrassed for our party, and I’m embarrassed for those who did not come, because there’s long been a divide in this country, and it doesn’t get better when we don’t show up.”


Their absence sparked criticism from some Republicans, particularly after the Spanish-language network Univision had to postpone its Republican forum this month because only McCain accepted its invitation.

“I apologize for the candidates that aren’t here,” said Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas. “I think it’s a disgrace for our country, I think it’s bad for our party, and I don’t think it’s good for our future.”


Rep. Duncan Hunter of Alpine likened the debate to a family gathering.

“You know, when we have family reunions and some of the family members don’t show up, we do talk about them,” Hunter said.


Asked to name a Republican president since Abraham Lincoln who had created a positive legacy for black Americans, Huckabee mentioned President Eisenhower’s efforts to ensure the safety of the nine black students who desegregated schools in Arkansas in 1957.

Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado said Ronald Reagan had done something positive for all Americans by increasing liberty.

From the Baltimore Sun:

Outside the debate hall at Morgan State University, African-Americans across the political spectrum used the phrase “slap in the face” when expressing their frustration at the decision of four leading Republican presidential candidates to skip last night’s debate.

Eugene Morris and his wife flew in from Chicago to attend the nationally televised forum, which focused on issues important to minorities.

“Obviously, when we planned this trip, we had no idea the leading candidates would insult us and our community by not showing up,” said Morris, who owns a marketing and communications company. “It’s a slap in the face.”


“To say they had a scheduling conflict, it’s an insult,” said Morris, who said he is likely to vote for a Democratic candidate in the 2008 election.

Garrya S. Hatton, who calls herself a Republican “rarity” among Morgan State employees, said she was “dangerously close” to switching party affiliations because of the no-shows.

“I won’t become a liberal over this, but to not have support from people who I’ve spoken up for, it’s like a slap in the face,” said the college’s career resource coordinator and a 1998 Morgan alumna. “It’s like not being invited to dinner.”

Hatton had planned to vote for Romney but now says, “I won’t vote for anyone who won’t show up at my school.”

On campus earlier, Larry Moore, a Morgan sophomore from Boston who is inclined to vote Republican, said he was most concerned about how politicians plan to preserve Social Security.

Moore, 19, said he had intended to vote for Romney until he heard that the candidate would not be coming to Baltimore. “That says something to me, that he doesn’t care,” Moore said. “We are not the first priority on his list. Probably not the second, either.”

Oh, and one more thing. From The Dallas Morning News:

The dream of a Nov. 4 Republican presidential debate in Dallas is dead, according to local Republicans who were part of the planning process.

The debate would have been sponsored by the research arm of the Congressional Black Caucus and televised on Fox News.

But organizers were unable to get the presidential candidates on board. And the local Republican Party was lukewarm about the prospects of a group affiliated with the all-Democratic Congressional Black Caucus sponsoring a Republican debate.

“I tried to bless it, but the blessing didn’t work,” said Dallas Republican Calvin Stephens.

Chimpy and the rethugs–they sure are uniters and not dividers, huh? What the hell kind of world do we live in when Sam Brownback, Tom Tancredo, and Duncan Hunter can be considered the good guys, even if only for one night? Abe Lincoln weeps in his grave.


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13 responses to “Ebony and Apathy

  1. gottagrip

    Having the rethugs been trying to claim the mantle of the Big Tent? Are the only ones allowed in the big tent the color of Elmer’s Glue?

    Slap in the face, indeed…..

  2. nonnie9999

    silly, if they used elmer’s glue for their color chart, how would tanning bed boehner get into the tent?

  3. gottagrip

    I think they consider the tanned ones as their “people of color”. After all they can’t have real brown people, one of them might ask for some motherfuckin’ iced tea or speak in spanish or something…..

  4. Friend of the court

    These moneyfuckers are the are not only the backbone of our nation, they are the very bottom of the backbone. Or, at least very close to the bottom of the backbone. It is a sorry state of affairs that anyone would believe that they should hold the leadership of our country. We have become a Phoneyocracy. Too many Americans fail to inform themselves and are satisfied to have a liar in a tie decide what is, “best”. The tie guys only care about what is best for the liars.
    Great cover, nonnie. It could be the inspiration for a NeoRepublican Mt Rushmore. Rather than carved from a cliff, it could be molded from a big pile of bullshit.

  5. gottagrip

    Maybe they could carve a Mt. Assmore out of soap, too, Fotc, to wash away our sins…..

  6. Friend of the court

    They should all go to prison and carve soap with a spoork. I don’t think there is a cleaner strong enough to wash away the sins of these reprobates. The rinse water from such an endevor would probably cause the extinction of many aquatic life forms.

  7. nonnie9999

    yep, people of color to rethugs run the gamut of the color swatches of beige at the paint store from stark white to ecru.
    i am laughing, because as i was working on the poster, i was thinking that it looked like the mount rushmore of stupid. 😆 i was wondering if anyone else would think of that, too.

  8. Friend of the court

    These guys have had my ‘stupid detector’ red lined for years. It seems like they determine policy by asking themselves, “What’s the stupidest thing we could do?”. And then, they do it and pretend they can’t talk about it because of “national security”. Maybe they have a point. It does reflect poorly on us as a country to have these fools running things.

  9. nonnie9999

    i wish it was just stupidity, but it isn’t. it is calculated to appeal to those who are either stupid or not paying attention. it is dumbing down the entire system, and i am not sure how to stop it.
    oops, let me add a bit to my first point. in the case of fred thompson, it is stupidity and laziness and lack of intellectual curiosity. with john mccain, it is arrogance and a sense of entitlement. he honestly thinks that he is entitled to be president. mitt romney probably thinks he is entitled as well, since he is a romney. he was raised in a atmosphere of entitlement. he considers himself and his family nobility. they should not be bothered with the stuff that the peasants should be taking care of–you know, like their kids dying in a war overseas. rudy is just a gangster with a gangster mentality. he wants what he wants, and he doesn’t care what he has to do to get it.
    oh, and bill o’reilly? he’s just a pathetic putz.

  10. Friend of the court

    It is crazy making that, no matter which of these guys runs, there will be a lot of people who vote for him. Hopefully, not enough, but what can they be thinking? I know what you mean by dumbing down. I had a can of soup for dinner and there was a picture of a bowl of soup and a hand with a spoon on the front. Right next to the picture, it said, ‘serving suggestion’. Dang.

  11. nonnie9999

    😆 i certainly hope that the instructions also told you that, if you heat the soup up, it will be hot.
    i am getting the feeling that it just might be huckabee who pulls a rabbit out of the hat and becomes the candidate. before today, i was thinking that newtie was setting himself up to run, but i guess he realized that everyone thinks he is a piece of shit, so he got out of the running with the lame excuse that he needs time for bashing his lesbian sister.
    fred and mitt and rudy keep shooting themselves in the mouth (that’s where their feet are located). there is not widespread support for any of them. as for mccain, i think he will explode any day now.

  12. Friend of the court

    Well, I hope Huckabee gets to run. If nothing else, his name just begs for some snarkin’. After what Bush has accomplished, if a Republican wins in 2008, we are undone, for sure. If the Right can use the boogie man and teh gays to distract the voters from the catastrophy which has been Bush and his band of thieves, then maybe, we don’t deserve any better.

  13. nonnie9999

    huckabee sort of scares me a bit. he is not seen as one of the raving crazy rethugs. however, he did say that he doesn’t believe in evolution, so maybe that will get some dems and independents out to vote for someone who doesn’t believe in science.