Thursday, July 06, 2006

Sucks To Be You, Stanton.

After all, your little Jew-baiting escapade made the national news, but you didn't merit a mention.

From MSNBC by way of Washington Post:

In a black district of Memphis, a white candidate who is among 15 Democrats vying for the seat being vacated by Rep. Harold E. Ford Jr. (D-Tenn.) has encountered racial hostility similar to that experienced by Yassky. Stephen I. Cohen, a Tennessee state senator, said in an interview with a Jewish newspaper, the Forward, that he is entitled to the same treatment Ford, who is black, has sought as he campaigns statewide for the Senate. "Don't judge me by my race but by my record," Cohen said.

5 comments:

Wintermute said...

Good find.

Anonymous said...

Enough is enough on this issue. I have supported Steve in the past, but this is getting to be a bit much, with all the cries of racism and anti-semitism. Is there anything else that we can talk about? I wonder what Steve's response will be when folks start talking about his outburst in 1996 after his loss, when he said that African-Americans in Memphis will never support a white candidate over a black candidate. He basically called an entire race of people racist. Where is the outrage about those comments? Steve should just close his mouth and stick to the issues. I have seen enough of the racial/religous games

Freedonian said...

Is there anything else that we can talk about?

If a white candidate ran a push poll like this one designed against a black candidate, neither you nor I would be willing to let it slide. I don't know you're race, but I'm white, and I find it absolutely offensive. Why are you so eager to let it slide when it's a black candidate race-baiting a Jew?

I wonder what Steve's response will be when folks start talking about his outburst in 1996 after his loss, when he said that African-Americans in Memphis will never support a white candidate over a black candidate. He basically called an entire race of people racist.

And Ed Stanton is out there trying to make it true. Not that he's the only one, mind you--- Ron Redwing at this point has little in the way of campaign message other than "rally behind me or whitey wins". So obviously, they don't believe in the black community's ability to pick a candidate based on anything but race. Who's the real bigot here? Who is it that has so little regard for the black community that they think saying "He's white/ Jewish" is a campaign strategy?

Also, I hope Stanton or Redwing (Particularly Stanton) decides to ask him about the 1996 comments. If I was handling the Cohen campaign, I would be waiting in the tall grass for one of those two to fire a shot. And by the time I was through with them, they might as well be campaigning in clown costumes. Not that they're very far from it anyway.

Steve should just close his mouth and stick to the issues. I have seen enough of the racial/religous games

Okay, you're sick of the "racial/religous games" (And I can understand that. I am too. That's why I'm as goddamn disgusted as I am by Stanton and Redwing), but you're acting like the guy on the receiving end of the push poll is to blame?

Did you miss this part of the original post? "Don't judge me by my race but by my record," Cohen said.

What does the "record" say about Stanton and Redwing? It says when the going gets tough, the tough get busy race-baiting. It's no more right when one of those two do it than it is when Republicans run the Southern Strategy.

Anonymous said...

What does it show about Steve that he blamed his last loss on the fact that black folks are racist and won't vote for him? What does it say about Steve that when things got difficult in his election 1996, he actively and publicly tried to get republicans to cross over and vote for him in a DEM primary. Now you tell me. Why would a Republican come vote in a democratic primary for a self-described liberal....over a self-described centrist? You know why. Because they are blatantly racist. better to have a white liberal than a centrist Dem like Jr. Steve was obviously playing the race card, and to say that he wasn't is disengenuous. I know ya'll are all Cohen supporters to the end, but the truth is that he made it racial first...way back in 1996 when he openly courted Republicans to come vote in our primary. What is amazing, is that you folks who are so upset with Harold fro voting with Republicans occasionaly, give Steve a free pass for asking these conservative evangelical Republicans to VOTE in our primary! That is a thousand times worse.

Freedonian said...

You keep talking about 1996, but you're remarkably short on quotes to back it up. All I've got is your lameass spin, and you want me to address it? Without some kind of actual quote, your argument has just as little substance as Stanton's campaign.

Do you have anything or not?

Is this not the same community where a beloved political figure made a public statement about "white devils" that were supporting a black candidate?

Are you now pretending that black voters don't have a numerical advantage in this community? Are you trying to tell me that a white candidate running against a black candidate in the Democratic primary here doesn't have an uphill fight?

I just checked the numbers against the Shelby Votes database. Of the people that identified race when they registered to vote, there are 220,000 black voters in this county and 230,000 white voters in this county.

White voters are certainly more inclined to vote Republican than black voters. Even assuming the best case scenario, that 50% of the white voters are Democrats, the black population is more solidly Democratic. We're talking 90% in most districts.

That means there are 115,000 white voters and 198,000 black voters in a Democratic primary in this district.

In 1996, the black community got behind Ford. Not saying there's anything wrong with it. It's just a reality. At that point, even if Cohen nailed down every white vote available to him in the Democratic primary (And he didn't--- I guarantee you that I know more white supporters of Ford in 1996 than you know black Cohen supporters in 1996).

So if he did in fact say that the black community got behind Ford in 1996 (Something you have yet to prove), he's right, and there's nothing racist about saying that.

It's certainly not on the level of Ed Stanton's anti-Semitic push poll (Which he was stupid enough to phone Jewish people with. If you need more proof that he's unfit to hold office, that should do it).

Steve Cohen has a damn solid record of representing the people of Memphis very well. I defy you to find racism anywhere in his voting record. Based on his record after 24 years serving the people, and Ed Stanton's after 24 weeks of campaigning, I would easily say that the black people of Memphis are better served by Steve Cohen than the Jewish people of Memphis would be by Ed Stanton.

Compare and contrast that with Ed Stanton. I haven't seen this many blank spaces since George W. Bush's SAT. Political experience: Not a damn minute. Achievements: Well, he has an address. Most notable moment politically: An anti-Semitic push poll.

Aren't we looking for a man of the people? Shouldn't we look for a guy that cares about more than skin color when it comes to representing the 9th District?