Oliver Willis

GOP Rep. Joe Walsh: Obama Got Elected Because He’s Black

I like when Republicans are up front about this sort of thing, and don’t try to throw it under the radar. We get to see who the really horrible people are in an unvarnished way.

“Why was he elected? Again, it comes back to who he was. He was black, he was historic. And there’s nothing racist about this. It is what it is. If he had been a dynamic, white, state senator elected to Congress he wouldn’t have gotten in the game this fast. This is what made him different. That, combined with the fact that your profession”—another friendly tap of the bumper sticker—”not you, but your profession, was just absolutely compliant. They made up their minds early that they were in love with him. They were in love with him because they thought he was a good liberal guy and they were in love with him because he pushed that magical button: a black man who was articulate, liberal, the whole white guilt, all of that.”

Conservative Republicans don’t ever think they can lose an election. And when they do, it’s always something else that’s in play. It wasn’t the Iraq War, it was the spending! It wasn’t Obama, it was white guilt! It wasn’t killing Medicare, it was… something. And on and on.