Missouri Senate Nominee McCaskill: Bush Let NOLA Blacks Die
In a spirited voice, she told them that she would do everything she could to make clear to every Democratic voter that “George Bush has no better friend than Jim Talent.”
McCaskill said she would remind people that “George Bush let people die on rooftops in New Orleans because they were poor and because they were black.”
Kevin Aylward, Addison’s publisher, e-mails, “In August, George Allen’s ‘Macaca’ comment made the front page of the Washington Post (more than once), and was the top midterm election story nationwide for nearly two weeks. Tuesday in Missouri, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, Claire McCaskill accused the President of genocide on his own people.” And he notes that the press is totally ignoring the story, as evidenced by a GoogleNews search which reveals that a lone story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch–itself a response to French’s report–is the extent of the non-blog coverage.
My initial response was skepticism, given that I have no basis for trusting French’s credibility. He provides an amateurish YouTube video from the meeting which, oddly, does not seem to include the incident in question:
Yet, the McCaskill camp does not seem to be denying the words, only the interpretation. From the Post-Dispatch story:
McCaskill’s spokeswoman Adrianne Marsh said her comment was referring to “what many people felt about the tragedy of the response to Katrina.”
“Claire believes the response was gross incompetence that turned tragic because so many people in New Orleans did not have the resources to help themselves,” Marsh added.
As Dean Esmay notes, such race-baiting “has wide currency in the black community.” Indeed, from the O.J. trial to the CIA plots to infect black people with AIDS and get them hooked on crack to the NAACP’s lynching ad to the rantings of Maxine Watts, Al Sharpton, and Cynthia McKinney, there is clearly a willingness to believe almost any charge made against white Republicans.
More than forty years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965–and more than half a century after Brown v. Board of Education–there are some very deep wounds that have not healed. The GOP needs to do more. But it’s very hard to make much progress when black leaders, self-appointed and otherwise, continue to hurl such outrageous charges for cyncial purposes.