During the election in Massachusetts Tuesday night (which Scott Brown won), left-wing pundit Keith Olbermann speculated that if Brown won the election, it would mostly be due to racism.
What else can we expect from the guy who smeared Brown as “an irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, ex-nude model, teabagging supporter of violence against woman and against politicians with whom he disagrees”?
1964-1965 (the greatest years of civil-rights change in this country since Emancipation) and in the 1966 midterms, the Republicans took 47 seats from the House from the Democrats; and most of those elections had clear, racial undertones, any had overtones.
The Republicans and the Tea Partiers will tell you what happens with Scott Brown tonight, whether he wins or comes close, is a repudiation of Obama policies; and surely one of Obama's policies from the viewpoint of his opponents is it's okay to have this sea-change in American history—to have an African-American president. Is this vote to any degree just another euphemism, the way 'states rights' was in the sixties?
Olbermann discussed his theory with Howard Fineman, Senior Washington Correspondent for Newsweek, who refuted Olbermann, claiming, “I think for most of the American people race is no respect a part of the equation.” The two continued by discussing “racist codes” present in Brown’s campaign, codes like pick-up trucks (because everyone who owns a pickup truck is racist).
Fineman ended the discussion by stating the campaign was more likely fueled by liberal elitism than by race.
I don't think it's so much a matter of race, or even very, very much a matter a race at all, Keith. I think it's a matter of people in the suburbs and people outside of the cities feeling themselves not paid attention to by the “elites.” This is a problem that the Democratic party has had year in and year out for decades….And I think race really in the end wasn't a factor for him overall. I don't see it.
Nice to know there was a voice of reason in Olbermann’s otherwise unreasonable show.