It’s funny because they’re black


by Jeff Fecke | June 15, 2009 • I really don’t understand why the GOP has so much trouble attracting nonwhite voters.

Jeff Fecke is a freelance writer who lives in Eagan, Minnesota.In addition to his own blog, Blog of the Moderate Left, he also contributes to Alas, a Blog, Minnesota Campaign Report, and AlterNet. Fecke has appeared as a guest on the “Today” show, the Alan Colmes radio show, and the Mark Heaney Show. Fecke is divorced, and the father of one really terrific daughter. His debut novel, The Valkyrie’s Tale, is now available.

I mean, sure, a Republican activist said an escaped ape was “one of Michelle [Obama]’s ancestors,” then blamed the whole thing on a statement by Michelle Obama that did not actually exist. And sure, a GOP operative posted a tweet that said, “JUST HEARD OBAMA IS GOING TO IMPOSE A 40% TAX ON ASPIRIN BECAUSE IT’S WHITE AND IT WORKS.” And sure, a staffer for a Republican Tennessee State Senator sent out this image of the 44 presidents:

And then when given a chance to apologize, said staffer said “she only felt bad about sending it to the wrong list of people.”

But I just can’t understand why people think the GOP is a party that coddles racists. It’s so confusing.

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