Thanks to Anderson Cooper, I got an extra few minutes of cardio last night. As I was cooling down on the stairmaster, his CNN program came on one of the television monitors. Breathlessly, he was reporting something I had just read on Gateway Pundit, the worst president in U.S. history (well, at least since the Civil War) had told NBC’s Brian Williams that there was “Racist Tone” to a Tea Party protesters rallying against President Obama’s policies.
I was curious to see how much time Cooper devoted to Jimmy Carter’s remarks:
An overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he’s African-American
I live in the South, and I have seen the South come a long way. And I have seen the rest of the country that shared the South’s attitude toward minority groups at that time, particularly African-Americans.
With this unfounded accusation as the lead-in, Cooper devoted the first quarter hour of his program to probing the supposed “Race Factor” in the protests. Of course, he didn’t have any evidence of the racial motivations of the Tea Party protesters, just the ramblings of a doddering, bitter old man.
But, there is evidence showin that Mr. Carter tapped into the “South’s attitude toward minority groups” in his successful campaign for the Democratic Georgia gubernatorial nomination in 1970:
Carter won the governorship of Georgia in 1970 via a race-baiting campaign. In his 2004 book The Real Jimmy Carter, Steven Hayward writes that Carter’s campaign staff sent an anonymous mailer “to barbershops, country churches, and rural law enforcement officers containing a grainy photo of [his Democratic opponent Carl] Sanders, part owner of the Atlanta Hawks NBA franchise, at an after-game locker room victory celebration. Two black players were pouring champagne over Sanders’s head. The Atlanta Constitution noted, ‘In the context of the sports pages, it was a routine shot … But in the context of this political campaign it was a dangerous smear that injected both race, alcohol, and high living into the campaign.’ Carter’s senior campaign aides Bill Pope, Hamilton Jordan, and Jerry Rafshoon were behind the mailing; Pope was even spotted passing out the flyers at a Ku Klux Klan rally … The Carter campaign also produced a leaflet noting that Sanders had paid tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.
“… Carter also implied that he met privately with the head of the States Rights Council, a white supremacist group, and campaigned in all-white private schools that were known as ‘segregation academies,’ where he promised that he would do ‘everything’ to support their existence. ‘I have no trouble pitching for [George] Wallace [segregationist] votes and the black votes at the same time,’ Carter told a reporter. Carter also said to another reporter, ‘I can win this election without a single black vote.'”
Sounds like more than just a “racist tone” to me. I don’t think any of the Tea Party protesters, many of whom were African-American, used such racist tactics in their rallies.
And I wonder why, in breathlessly reporting Mr. Carter’s lasting ramblings, Mr. Cooper neglected to reference the Democrat’s past overt appeals to race. On that score, Jimmy Carter has changed–one of the few places, he changed for the better in his adult life.
But, don’t you think that’s the least bit relevant to the former President’s lateset accusation? Maybe had Cooper covered the story more thoroughly, you know, provided a 360-degree view, he might have a larger audience.