Louisiana Senator Shamelessly Plays the Race Card

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The senior U.S. Senator from Louisiana, Mary Landrieu, has a reputation for being one of the most right-leaning Democrats in office, but her latest excuses for Obama’s unpopularity in the South has many Republicans crying foul.

Landrieu was asked by NBC’s Chuck Todd why Obama was having such a hard time winning over the Louisiana population. Instead of calmly pointing out the many failures of this president, particularly when it comes to the Southern way of life, she chose to fall back on that old liberal talking point.

“Let me be very, very honest with you, she said. “The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans. It’s been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as a leader.”

This is the kind of crap that really pisses me off when it comes to Democrats. Is there a small minority of the population that will never accept President Obama because of the color of his skin? Of course. Is that balanced out by the small minority that love him only because of his race? Almost assuredly. I don’t believe for one minute that Obama’s race makes more than a one or two percent difference in his poll numbers. Sorry, I just don’t.

Here’s an interesting thought experiment. Imagine a different Obama. He looks the same. He has the same charisma. But instead of being an off-the-charts liberal, he is a Reagan conservative. Instead of championing a spread-the-wealth philosophy, he preaches the value of individual success. He cuts taxes at the top. He strengthens our military. He does as conservative leaders in the black community do, giving young black men and women a choice between government dependency and individual freedom. He enforces the rule of law.

Do you really think for one minute that conservatives across the country would reject him based on his race? I just can’t see it. Conservative America is starved for young, charismatic leaders like Barack Obama. I think his race would be a benefit to him in that alternate universe, and it would definitely be a benefit to the black community.

In blaming racism for Obama’s poll numbers, Landrieu echoes Alec Baldwin, who said that the only reason Obama was elected was that America was “more sexist than racist.” You know, I guess I just have a better view of the country than that. I look at America – even with all of its faults – and I see a society that has come a very long way in the last 100 years. A very long way. To look at the nation’s first black president and think, “Yeah, but that’s only because people are more sexist than racist,” is to miss the boat bigtime.

And it’s also missing the boat to blame Obama’s unpopularity on a general mistrust of African-Americans. It just doesn’t fly. Then again, what else would you expect? Democrats have built an entire party out of a “no personal responsibility” philosophy on life. Why wouldn’t they apply that same philosophy to their political failings?