Saturday, July 08, 2006

Give it to Mikey - He'll Eat Anything

Cross-posted from MyDD's Breaking Blue:

From the Baltimore CityPaper:
Sixteen years ago, race-baiting Sen. Jesse Helms of North Carolina was in a tight reelection race against the black mayor of Charlotte, Harvey Gantt. Neck and neck in the polls, eight days before Election Day, Helms ran a TV ad that implied that black people were taking jobs away from white people thanks to quotas allegedly supported by Gantt. The ad showed a pair of white hands crushing a rejection letter, while the voice-over narration said, "You needed that job, but they had to give it to a minority because of a racial quota. Is that really fair? Gantt says it is."

The man who put together that ad, Alex Castellanos, gave Steele money at a fundraiser on June 22-a fundraiser hosted by Floyd Brown, the man who funded the infamous "Willie Horton" ad used by George H.W. Bush against Michael Dukakis in 1988.

When questioned on Fox News' Hannity and Colmes, about the "white hands" ad, Steele again displayed ignorance and tone deafness. Steele told host Alan Colmes, "I have no idea what that commercial is about, because I wasn't involved in that race."
Perhaps sadder than the goat-like willingness of Steele to feed off of any GOP foodstock - no matter how distasteful - is that Steele has not been seen at all in the Baltimore Sun for close to three weeks. There are articles about Steele's supporters, blurbs about Steele's filing on time by July 3rd, but nothing about Michael Steele doing... anything. Other than cashing out-of-town checks from highly skilled GOP race-baiters.


Blogger The League: Reassembled said...

Article in today's Sun

7/09/2006 02:23:00 PM  
Blogger Bruce Godfrey said...

Interesting. Isn't there a political proverb about not taking advice from the opposition?

Interesting further that the only news Steele is making is talking about Mfume. I guess talking about Mfume is the most politically interesting thing that Steele has done in three weeks, or so one would reasonably conclude.

7/09/2006 05:17:00 PM  

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