Kathy Shaidle

Carter's "racism" accusations "shock the conscience"

Posted on September 16 2009 9:00 am
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."
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Calling it “a story that shocks the conscience,” last night Sean Hannity devoted considerable time to former President Jimmy Carter‘s charges that many of Barack Obama‘s critics are motivated by racism. Carter recently told NBC News:

I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he’s African-American.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich joined Hannity to unpack Carter’s slanderous comments. Gingrich pointed out the obvious: that the Left’s rabid hatred of President George Bush was “vastly greater” than any animosity currently being displayed towards Obama.

Many people thought Jimmy Carter failed, too,” Gingrich added, “but I don’t think they voted against him because he was white.”

However, the “obvious” will never convince those for whom radical politics is a pseudo-religion; as Gingrich reminded viewers, “far Leftists can’t believe anyone could possibly disagree with them,” so they conclude Obama’s critics must be motivated by “something more sinister”: racism.

This morning, Ed Morrissey at offered the best response so far to Carter’s twisted comments:

If Jimmy Carter believes that the “overwhelming” portion of criticism towards Barack Obama is due to racism, does he also believe that the overwhelming portion of criticism towards Israel is anti-Semitic?  Wouldn’t that apply to a man who hangs out with people who target Israeli citizens for terrorist attacks?  After all, Hamas regularly issues anti-Semitic harangues and smears, and yet Carter has no problem cozying up to them and claiming that their criticism of Israel is legitimate.

From now on, using Carter’s own logic, we should note each of his remarks on the Middle East by saying they come from “Jimmy Carter, known anti-Semite.”  Two can play this game.

To learn more about the man who has been called “our worst ex-president,” visit the damning and depressing dossier on Jimmy Carter at Discover the Networks.

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