Virginia Democrat: Republicans Won In 2010 Because Americans Are Racist

Virginia Congressman Jim Moran has a long history of making dumb and/or outrageous comments, and he didn’t disappoint in a post-SOTU interview with an Arab language news program:

A Democratic congressman is attributing his party’s losses in the 2010 election cycle to the fact that President Barack Obama is black.

Speaking to Arab television network Alhurra, Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) said Republicans made big gains in November because “a lot of people in this country … don’t want to be governed by an African-American.”

Even more objectionable to some Americans, he said, is that Obama is a black president “who is inclusive, who is liberal, who wants to spend money on everyone and who wants to reach out to include everyone in our society — that’s a basic philosophical clash.”

Moran’s remarks came Tuesday in an interview conducted after Obama delivered his State of the Union speech. Democrats, Moran said, lost for “the same reason the Civil War Happened in the United States … the Southern states, particularly the slaveholding states, didn’t want to see a president who was opposed to slavery.” Virginia, of course, is one of those Southern, formerly slaveholding states.

Well I guess it’s not surprising considering that, a few years ago, he blamed Jewish-Americans for leading America into the Iraq War.

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  1. Terrye says:

    Disgraceful. This is the same country that made Obama president in the first place..and this crap comes from a man who is part of the Democratic party, the party of slavery. The name should be moron instead of Moran.

  2. BJ says:

    The next thing he’ll say is that Republicans have lower IQ’s, score worse on civics tests, and have less education that the average Democrat. Oh wait, that’s true. DOH!

    (Link for you few Republicans who can read)

    It comes as no surprise to those of us familiar with Michelle Bachmann, Sarah Palin, or George Bush, that Republicans generally are less intelligent that liberals, and that ignorance sometimes materializes itself as racism, especially with the AM radio and Fox News talking heads consistently framing Obama as the “other” not born in the US, and Muslim. And I really like how that after the “Tea Party” won, their movement basically disappeared, as the leaders fell right into line with the GOP, who just got rid of their last “black” leader Michael Steele.

  3. sam says:


    I’m thinking of starting a web site. Tentative url:

    How can I lose? There’s an unending stream of material.

  4. john says:

    Why is Steele “black”? (ie: Why the quotes there, BJ?)

  5. Terrye says:


    Speaking of low IQs, that post was really dumb. I know liberals have a fascination with idiotic surveys and studies which are designed to reinforce their prejudices and insecurities…but don’t expect everyone else to buy into that nonsense.

    As for getting rid of Steele, they got rid of him just like they have gotten rid of white guys before him…moron. For a smart liberal, you sure say some silly things.

  6. An Interested Party says:

    “…and this crap comes from a man who is part of the Democratic party, the party of slavery.”

    Talk about disgraceful…hey pot, meet kettle…

  7. tom p says:

    When are you dumb f*cks going to face the reality that americans ARE racist??? Dem… Rep…

    THEY ALL hate the dark people. Don’t believe it? Come hang out with me for a day.

  8. Terrye says:

    An Interested Party:

    That was my whole point for we have a guy from the Democratic party pointing fingers…get it? If you go down that road then it does turn into pot meeting kettle. Oh, but he has a D behind his name, hence it is okay fine for Moran to make this sort of nonsense an issue in the first place and if anyone points out the obvious irony then they can be lectured about pots and kettles.

    Liberals can be so dense.

  9. floyd says:

    Welcome aboard, your contributions are sure to raze the level of discourse here, and that will be some accomplishment.

  10. An Interested Party says:

    I wouldn’t be so foolish as to write that conservatives as a whole deal in sloppy thinking and foolish generalizations…thes things do, however, seem to be what works for you, Terrye…in the first place, no one is saying it is just fine for Moran to make these statements and in the second place, your irony is a bit out of date, as the modern Democratic Party has nothing at all to do with slavery…to spell it out so that perhaps you might understand, your writing that the Democratic Party is the party of slavery is in the same territory as what Moran had to say…

  11. sashal says:

    I would not contribute the democratic losses to racism exclusively.
    Moran is not correct in this regard. But your invocation of the 2008 elections means nothing, the mood and attitudes of the crowds and the activity can change.
    not all who voted in 2008 showed up in 2010, also many who sit out 2008 showed up in 2010.
    Also , remember the history of Germany, were they all anti semites in1931? How many Germans became anti-semites due to relentless propaganda?
    just saying- things change

  12. Stan says:

    America is Racist is not news! But we did not lose in 2010 because of racism! e lost because of Stupidity, and because of lazinjess, and because we were out=lied!

  13. daveinboca says:

    BJ’s comment is beneath contempt, and demonstrates that the retardation of the Proglodytes is deeper than their endemic moral leprosy. BJ’s delusion that silly sophomoric academicide victims are more “intelligent” than people with real jobs who start businesses and pay their taxes indicates that he is beyond meds, and probably should consider opening his wrists.

  14. daveinboca says:

    I notice the large Target logo behind congresscritter Moron. Is this an indication that he thinks himself another Giffords, potentially, or is he shilling for the DNC surrogate for WalMart?

  15. EJ says:

    Clearly Moran is just following the new age of toned down rhetoric.

  16. An Interested Party says:

    Daveinboca, your gross generalizations are just as bad as BJ’s…once again, pot meets kettle…

  17. Frank says:

    Bj, you might want to take another look at that article you linked to. I’ll give you a hint: standard deviation. You make me ashamed to be a liberal.