Senator Jay Rockefeller (WV) said during a hearing, “for some, it’s just we don’t want anything good to happen under this president, because he’s the wrong color.” So Rockefeller sounded the charge… but he’s charging into battle all by himself.
Here is Politico’s take:
Sen. Jay Rockefeller may no longer fear the political consequences of charging the GOP with opposing President Barack Obama’s agenda because he’s the “wrong color.”
But he might be alone in that.
On Thursday, no Democrats publicly rushed to back Rockefeller’s assertion that Obama has met legislative resistance because of his race, a remark that sparked an emotional debate Wednesday with Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) over whether opposing the president and his health care law amounted to being “racist.”
Right, because a hidden public bailout for giant insurance companies would never be opposed by anyone who wasn’t racist.
No wonder Democrats are keeping their mouths shut. They are finally catching on that playing the race card is an obvious lie to cover over the fact that Barack Obama is a Leftist whose Leftist policies are naturally opposed by people who are not Leftist like him.
Rockefeller, however, is trying his best to push forward the accusation while making his charge so vague that it can’t be refuted.
Staring down his retirement after 30 years in the Senate and often using a wheelchair because of a bad knee, Rockefeller chose his words carefully Thursday, speaking to a pair of reporters. He didn’t use the word “race” or “color” when asked to clarify his remarks — but he refused to back away from his core assertion.
“People oppose things for a variety of reasons. That’s all you’re going to get from me,” Rockefeller said of his “wrong color” comment. “It’s a part of life. And it is a part of American life, and world life, and it’s a part — just a part — of why they oppose absolutely everything that this president does. It’s basically for political reasons, they do that. But at some point, you can’t exclude other factors … as they say, everything is on the table.”
Notice that Rockefeller is using brilliant strategy. Whenever anyone claims a legitimate reason for opposing Barack Obama’s “legislative agenda,” Rockefeller will wave it off and say he has acknowledged a “variety of reason” for Republican opposition. Nevertheless, he can then turn around and insist that the reason for the opposition includes a racist component. And what really is his evidence? Simply the color of the President’s skin.
So, basically, unless one supinely agrees to everything an African American president wants, one is guilty of racist motivation.
Interestingly, Rockefeller made the remark just after another Senator left the room after giving testimony opposing Barack Obama’s legislative agenda.
Rockefeller’s words didn’t just rile Johnson, who on Wednesday called Rockefeller’s words “very offensive.” Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), the only black GOP member of Congress, serves on Rockefeller’s Commerce Committee and attended Wednesday’s hearing on health care spending. The chairman’s racial remark came after Scott left the committee room.
“He said it seconds after I walked out of the hearing,” said Scott, who has opposed almost everything the president has put forward. “I was finished speaking, so I got up and walked out, and as soon as I left is when the comment came out.”
So why doesn’t the same rule of judging motives apply? Obviously Rockefeller is opposed to Scott because he is the wrong color?