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(Think Progress)   Romney campaign chair John Sununu decides to go there as to why Gen. Colin Powell endorsed President Obama   (thinkprogress.org) divider line 168
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2012-10-25 11:42:12 PM
And I applaud Mr. Sununu for standing with fellow white man, Mitt Romney.

That's seriously in the running for most offensive thing said in this campaign.
 
2012-10-25 11:44:32 PM
Nah. Powell supports Obama because Romney is an asshole.
 
2012-10-25 11:48:10 PM
John Sununu says something blisteringly stupid?

Well, I'm shocked.
 
2012-10-25 11:50:33 PM
From the comments:
He voted for Bush in 2000 and 2004 because its called Job Security, and the fact there was no white candidate opposing Bush. He voted for Obama in 2008, and will vote for him again this year, because both are black, and because Powell never had a shred of Republican in him to begin with. Whats wrong with telling the truth once in a while? Obama should try it.

That's right, Gore and Kerry, both black.
And I'd say going to the UN to push the Bush administration's lies about Iraq pretty well qualifies him as a Republican.
 
2012-10-26 02:54:41 AM
I honestly thought John Sununu was dead.
 
2012-10-26 02:55:45 AM

propasaurus: From the comments:
He voted for Bush in 2000 and 2004 because its called Job Security, and the fact there was no white candidate opposing Bush. He voted for Obama in 2008, and will vote for him again this year, because both are black, and because Powell never had a shred of Republican in him to begin with. Whats wrong with telling the truth once in a while? Obama should try it.

That's right, Gore and Kerry, both black.
And I'd say going to the UN to push the Bush administration's lies about Iraq pretty well qualifies him as a Republican.


I think he meant to say "there was no black candidate opposing Bush". Either way, he's an idiot.
 
2012-10-26 02:58:14 AM
wait...

He voted for Bush in 2000 and 2004 because its called Job Security, and the fact there was no white candidate opposing Bush. He voted for Obama in 2008, and will vote for him again this year, because both are black, and because Powell never had a shred of Republican in him to begin with. Whats wrong with telling the truth once in a while? Obama should try it.

So he voted for Obama, not because he agrees with him, It's because he's black. Oh, and because he agrees with him, AND he's black?
 
2012-10-26 02:59:03 AM
Sununu releases statement in response to controversy:

Colin Powell is a friend and I respect the endorsement decision he made, I do not doubt that it was based on anything but his support of the President's policies.


Ummm....he's still saying Powell did it cause he's black.

"I do not doubt" = "I believe"
"it was based on anything but his support of the President's policies" = "his support was not based on the President's policies"

"I believe""his support was not based on the President's policies."
 
2012-10-26 03:00:42 AM
inlinethumb59.webshots.com
 
2012-10-26 03:01:37 AM
OMG he really went there. yeah he is a dumb fark .
 
2012-10-26 03:03:18 AM

log_jammin: I honestly thought John Sununu was dead.


oh, if only wishing made it so
 
2012-10-26 03:03:51 AM
This is a really good example of what racism looks like though. There are people that would prefer not to acknowledge racism unless it involves burning crosses and KKK members, and who are happy to gloss over far more common examples of racism.
 
John Sununu seems to think that while black people vote based on race, white people do not, and the fact that he is a white man endorsing a white man isn't worth noting, but a black man endorsing a black man can't be based on logic and has to be based on racial identity. And in doing that, he completely and totally dismissed Colin Powell's very thoughtful and reasoned endorsement.

The Republican party was more than happy to point to Colin Powell as an example of a black person that they like for a long time- but the second he stepped out of line, it no longer matters that he's a retired four star general, former chairman of the joint chiefs, and a former secretary of state. He immediately becomes just another black guy, and they're happy to imply that he's a bit simple and that he's not capable of thinking things through like they are.

It's really, really gross. It also seems to be totally invisible to a lot of people.
 
2012-10-26 03:04:38 AM
I'm still pissed that Bush threw Powell under the bus.

/pissed
 
2012-10-26 03:04:56 AM

intelligent comment below: But don't you dare call them racist


You're the racist for thinking this is racist, racist.

Hang on a second, I just said "racist" 3 times... what does that mean?
 
2012-10-26 03:05:27 AM
Doesn't matter, had Sununu...
 
2012-10-26 03:06:57 AM
I'm guessing that tomorrow morning the Romney campaign cans his ass.
 
2012-10-26 03:07:30 AM
Oh my farking God. Can you stop it? I mean walk over the border, race and sexual orientation is a non issue. Evolve.
 
2012-10-26 03:09:10 AM

ndubyaj: I'm guessing that tomorrow morning the Romney campaign cans his ass.



No way. This close to the election, it's solidarity all the way through. It's why Mourdock didn't get thrown under the bus the way Akin did. They'll do exactly what they did for Mourdock: say they disagree with the statement and then start talking about the greatness of John Sununu.

They won't chance giving the media anything to work with.

 
 
2012-10-26 03:09:53 AM

powhound: I'm still pissed that Bush threw Powell under the bus.

/pissed


If you listen to my Fox News lovin' dad, Powell threw W under the bus by lying about the information, and then making Bush and the whole country look bad for getting us into a war of choice.

Powell is now just another casualty in the Republican War on Truth.
 
2012-10-26 03:11:00 AM

Genevieve Marie: This is a really good example of what racism looks like though. There are people that would prefer not to acknowledge racism unless it involves burning crosses and KKK members, and who are happy to gloss over far more common examples of racism.
 
John Sununu seems to think that while black people vote based on race, white people do not, and the fact that he is a white man endorsing a white man isn't worth noting, but a black man endorsing a black man can't be based on logic and has to be based on racial identity. And in doing that, he completely and totally dismissed Colin Powell's very thoughtful and reasoned endorsement.

The Republican party was more than happy to point to Colin Powell as an example of a black person that they like for a long time- but the second he stepped out of line, it no longer matters that he's a retired four star general, former chairman of the joint chiefs, and a former secretary of state. He immediately becomes just another black guy, and they're happy to imply that he's a bit simple and that he's not capable of thinking things through like they are.

It's really, really gross. It also seems to be totally invisible to a lot of people.


You said it better than I ever could have.
 
2012-10-26 03:11:43 AM
 
2012-10-26 03:14:40 AM

ndubyaj: I'm guessing that tomorrow morning the Romney campaign cans his ass.


Sure. Like someone who believes in the Mark of Ham is going to get annoyed at this.
 
2012-10-26 03:15:30 AM
So what IS the nutritional content of shoe leather, anyway? After the last year for the GOP, someone has to have done some kind of study. Romney has his foot in his mouth pretty much 24/7, so he's either got nutrients being delivered intravenously, off camera, or you can live pretty decently this way.
 
2012-10-26 03:15:47 AM

Genevieve Marie: ndubyaj: I'm guessing that tomorrow morning the Romney campaign cans his ass.


No way. This close to the election, it's solidarity all the way through. It's why Mourdock didn't get thrown under the bus the way Akin did. They'll do exactly what they did for Mourdock: say they disagree with the statement and then start talking about the greatness of John Sununu.

They won't chance giving the media anything to work with.


Care to make a $10,000 bet?

/I don't have $10,000
//I do have much more than that in student debt, if you'd like to win some of that
 
2012-10-26 03:16:17 AM

ndubyaj: I'm guessing that tomorrow morning the Romney campaign cans his ass.


Romney will give the standard non-apology apology - "His words were misconstrued, blah blah" - then double down on backing him.

Guaran-friggin'-teed. He's just that clueless.
 
2012-10-26 03:17:35 AM
There was a time in the mid-90s when I figured Colin would be our first black president. I really did.
 
2012-10-26 03:18:56 AM

Ed Grubermann: ndubyaj: I'm guessing that tomorrow morning the Romney campaign cans his ass.

Sure. Like someone who believes in the Mark of Ham is going to get annoyed at this.


Wow. I had no idea what that was until now. Jesus Chri... I mean... Joseph Smith, that's terrifying.
 
2012-10-26 03:18:57 AM

Blue_Blazer: powhound: I'm still pissed that Bush threw Powell under the bus.

/pissed

If you listen to my Fox News lovin' dad, Powell threw W under the bus by lying about the information, and then making Bush and the whole country look bad for getting us into a war of choice.

Powell is now just another casualty in the Republican War on Truth.


Which is a damn shame. But I feel for ya. My mother is in the same boat. Regarding "anybody but N0bama" anyways. I'm sure it's pretty much one and the same. They all hate the blahhhh.
 
2012-10-26 03:20:11 AM
Romney will help restore our Anglo-Saxon heritage.
 
2012-10-26 03:20:27 AM

Omahawg: There was a time in the mid-90s when I figured Colin would be our first black president. I really did.



Yup. I read his book in high school, and I thought the same thing.
 
2012-10-26 03:22:16 AM

powhound: Blue_Blazer: powhound: I'm still pissed that Bush threw Powell under the bus.

/pissed

If you listen to my Fox News lovin' dad, Powell threw W under the bus by lying about the information, and then making Bush and the whole country look bad for getting us into a war of choice.

Powell is now just another casualty in the Republican War on Truth.

Which is a damn shame. But I feel for ya. My mother is in the same boat. Regarding "anybody but N0bama" anyways. I'm sure it's pretty much one and the same. They all hate the blahhhh.


I just let him enjoy what I hope is his last chance to bask in the former glory days of the Old Grandpa Party. He knows Obama is gonna win, since all the blacks will be bused in to vote for Obama.
 
2012-10-26 03:26:56 AM
mimg.ugo.com

RIP Snu Snu
 
2012-10-26 03:28:27 AM
Old guy clause in effect * Before everybody was so farking worried that everything they said was going to be broadcast around the world seconds later and split into a billion arguments they said what they felt like saying.

Why is it wrong for a black guy to vote for a black guy because he is black? I am Irish Catholic and my family still have pictures of JFK on their walls. I would love to see a Shamus Kelly in office. When Jon Stewart is elected president in 2016 Jews will create a new, completely flavor free dish named after him for sure, and they should! It isn't racist to want to see people like you succeed, it is racist to want those who are different from you fail.

I am with Morgan Freeman - if we want to really stop racism in this country then STOP talking about it. We give it power it doesn't deserve by blabbing away about "equality" rather than just living and letting our best people do their best work. Titty Sprinkles.
 
2012-10-26 03:28:31 AM
Isn't Powell from Kenya? I'm just asking questions here.
 
2012-10-26 03:29:22 AM

Blue_Blazer: powhound: Blue_Blazer: powhound: I'm still pissed that Bush threw Powell under the bus.

/pissed

If you listen to my Fox News lovin' dad, Powell threw W under the bus by lying about the information, and then making Bush and the whole country look bad for getting us into a war of choice.

Powell is now just another casualty in the Republican War on Truth.

Which is a damn shame. But I feel for ya. My mother is in the same boat. Regarding "anybody but N0bama" anyways. I'm sure it's pretty much one and the same. They all hate the blahhhh.

I just let him enjoy what I hope is his last chance to bask in the former glory days of the Old Grandpa Party. He knows Obama is gonna win, since all the blacks will be bused in to vote for Obama.


lol. Please tell me they aren't being bused in from Kenya?!!????!
 
2012-10-26 03:31:36 AM

powhound: Blue_Blazer: powhound: Blue_Blazer: powhound: I'm still pissed that Bush threw Powell under the bus.

/pissed

If you listen to my Fox News lovin' dad, Powell threw W under the bus by lying about the information, and then making Bush and the whole country look bad for getting us into a war of choice.

Powell is now just another casualty in the Republican War on Truth.

Which is a damn shame. But I feel for ya. My mother is in the same boat. Regarding "anybody but N0bama" anyways. I'm sure it's pretty much one and the same. They all hate the blahhhh.

I just let him enjoy what I hope is his last chance to bask in the former glory days of the Old Grandpa Party. He knows Obama is gonna win, since all the blacks will be bused in to vote for Obama.

lol. Please tell me they aren't being bused in from Kenya?!!????!


We'll never really know I guess....
 
2012-10-26 03:34:10 AM

pissedoffmick: I am with Morgan Freeman - if we want to really stop racism in this country then STOP talking about it. We give it power it doesn't deserve by blabbing away about "equality" rather than just living and letting our best people do their best work


Yea, it doesn't work like that. In fact, that approach is why so many people have a hard time even recognizing racism.

 Here, here's one article on this subject. There are many. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/colorblind/201112/colorblind-ideo l ogy-is-form-racism

 
 
2012-10-26 03:34:58 AM
The moment I heard about Powell's endorsement I wondered

-how long until?

-who will be the first dick to say it?
 
2012-10-26 03:36:36 AM

log_jammin: I honestly thought John Sununu was dead.


Just between the ears.
 
2012-10-26 03:37:25 AM

powhound: I'm still pissed that Bush threw Powell under the bus.

/pissed


Hard to be pissed about that lot eating each other alive. Schadenfreude, on the other hand...
 
2012-10-26 03:37:50 AM
I for one am enjoying watching the Republicans implode under the weight of their own derp.

I wonder why Romney is avoiding the national media like going on Letterman, O'Reilly, ect. So he wont have to talk about his positions to a national audience?
 
2012-10-26 03:38:40 AM
Is America ready for a white president?
 
2012-10-26 03:41:29 AM

skinnycatullus: And I applaud Mr. Sununu for standing with fellow white man, Mitt Romney.

That's seriously in the running for most offensive thing said in this campaign.


I'm actually not so sure that this one is more offensive than his "Obama needs to learn to be an American" comment. That was equally disgusting IMHO.
 
2012-10-26 03:41:33 AM

Genevieve Marie: pissedoffmick: I am with Morgan Freeman - if we want to really stop racism in this country then STOP talking about it. We give it power it doesn't deserve by blabbing away about "equality" rather than just living and letting our best people do their best work

Yea, it doesn't work like that. In fact, that approach is why so many people have a hard time even recognizing racism.

 Here, here's one article on this subject. There are many. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/colorblind/201112/colorblind-ideo l ogy-is-form-racism
Yea, it doesn't work like that. In fact, that approach is why so many people have a hard time even recognizing racism.

 Here, here's one article on this subject. There are many. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/colorblind/201112/colorblind-ideo l ogy-is-form-racism/i>

I will read it - thanks. Is "not recognizing racism" now a BAD thing? As long as you are on top of the solution - what is it?

 
2012-10-26 03:41:38 AM

ndubyaj: I'm guessing that tomorrow morning the Romney campaign cans his ass.



Mr. John Sunuh... Sunuh... Suh-not gonna work here anymore, anyway.
 
2012-10-26 03:41:44 AM

kmmontandon: John Sununu says something blisteringly stupid?

Well, I'm shocked.


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2012-10-26 03:43:29 AM
Congrats, Sunununu, you have reached Limbaugh-esque levels shiatheadedness.
 
2012-10-26 03:45:25 AM
Sununu, indefensible and built to stay that way

/children of the 80s will get the reference
 
2012-10-26 03:50:55 AM

pissedoffmick: I will read it - thanks. Is "not recognizing racism" now a BAD thing? As long as you are on top of the solution - what is it?


That's kind of the problem- there is no quick and easy solution for something that's been built into every social structure we have. We're looking at a tradition of discrimination in this country that goes back to the formation of the original colonies. Legal segregation based on race was legal until my mother was 11 years old. That's one generation back. You can't undo the harm from that overnight. Recognizing that legacy is important though.

Read the article. Then do a little more research on a color-blind approach to studying racial issues. Basically, by empasizing only the way people are similar- we lose the ability to recognize the ways in which we're different. In this country, that often translates to differences in available education and career opportunities, in family income, and in other similar areas. There's another good piece on that- it's called "Unpacking the Invisible Backpack" and it's a classic piece on this issue.

I don't want to get too Tolstoy- but glossing over and ignoring all the ways in which racism has shaped our country is how you get ideas like "Welfare Queens". It's easy to look at poor black neighborhoods that have lived in poverty with disdain if you think they've had the same opportunities as you and simply chose not to take them. The tendency to do that has worked its way into our political system in really, really damaging ways.
 
2012-10-26 03:53:59 AM

intelligent comment below: pissedoffmick: I am with Morgan Freeman - if we want to really stop racism in this country then STOP talking about it. We give it power it doesn't deserve by blabbing away about "equality" rather than just living and letting our best people do their best work. Titty Sprinkles.


Morgan Freeman? What does he have his Ph.D. in? Social sciences?

Tell me all about how a white person and black person have the same chances in life. They both just need to work hard and they will both magically succeed.

How does it feel to live in such a delusional bubble?


It's ok most of the time - thanks so much for asking. I sometimes think that popular people, even those without doctorate degrees (who are actually black) who have created enormous success for themselves from nothing might have offer some perspective. I do think Rosa Parks was a real coont though - no degree havin' coont.
 
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