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Black Conservative Group Rips Obama in New Radio Ads

Updated 6:43 p.m.
By Darryl Fears
From the black conservatives who brought you radio ads two years ago claiming that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican come the new summer blockbusters: ads calling Sen. Barack Obama a racist and an elitist.

King, of course, was an independent, not a Republican -- but that didn't stop the National Black Republican Association (NBRA) from airing their claim on urban radio. Now spots entitled "Arrogant Obama" and "Bitter Obama" are coming to radio stations serving black America, where more than 90 percent of voters supported Obama in Democratic primaries. The NBRA ads will begin airing July 7 in battleground states, according to the group's chair.

The mudslinging injects the issue of race into the presidential campaign with a ferocity unseen thus far. In voiceovers, a narrator claims that much of the Democratic Party is comprised of white racists who will never vote for Obama. The ads ignore the party's 40-year transformation from being a haven for southern Dixiecrats who blocked black progress to a haven for black voters who've helped put the vast majority of black elected officials into office, including, potentially, the first black president.

Here's a sample of what you might hear on your radio: "Bitter is what Obama called blacks and whites who love God. Racist is what Obama called his white grandmother who raised him and made sacrifices so Obama could get a good education and become a millionaire," says the narrator one of the spots.

"Obama's mentor for 20-years was Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who said innocent Americans deserved to die on September 11th," says the voiceover in another.

What Obama actually said about some Pennsylvanian voters: " ... It's not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them ..." And, during his race speech in Philadelphia, of his grandmother: "I can no more disown him [the Rev. Wright] than I can disown my white grandmother -- a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me . . . but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed her by on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe."

The NBRA is led by Frances Rice of Sarasota, Fla., a former Army officer and avowed conservative. Her tactics have led other black Republicans to quit the organization. Christopher Arps, a former spokesman, left the group after disagreeing with Rice about strategy.

"Anyone with any sense knows that most black people were Republican at one time," Arps said when the ad ran two years ago. "But it's a far stretch to think that in the '60s Martin Luther King was a Republican."

Arps said Rice's actions were counterproductive to the NBRA's goal of drawing more African Americans to the Republican Party.

Judging by some reactions, the Obama ads might also be a hindrance. "I'm confused as to why any African American would be a Republican in this day and age," says Missouri state Rep. Robin Wright-Jones, a Democrat. "I don't remember Obama saying any of that in a speech."

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Comments

This comment is off topic but is in response to a spurious comment above:

The comment above about Africans during the slave trade selling family or tribesmen (fellow nationals) into slavery is a lie. What people fail to know it that Africa was and is a diverse continent of peoples. Many now and then were not on friendly terms (like let's say the French and Germans, or the Saxons and the French, etc.). These competing interest lead some nations and tribes to send enemies into white slavery. The system as they knew it was drastically different from that of the transatlantic slave trade.

However, need for cheaper guns for defense and other trading benefits from Europe were able to drive the trade. The idea that all "dark" people are the same is exactly the kind of ignorance that promotes the above disinformation. While Africans were involved in the slave trade it is highly dubious to claim, as the above person did that European violence and barbarism was not a factor.

In fact, when they could many traders would raid down the slave coast to fill their ships when they could not at nearby slave castles (AKA Ghana and other nations). There is robust scholarship on the transatlantic slave trade, too much for people to remain ignorant of the complex histories which make up one of our nation's darker legacies.

While modern day labor trafficking and slavery are huge problems we must remember how our consumerism aids and abets these actions. Our desire for cheap items such as cocoa and chocolate produced are drivers of these atrocities. I agree that modern day slavery must be addressed.

Given our historical faults and current power we are perfectly suited to ending slavery world wide. But just as we chose silence over honest racial reconciliation we prefer cheap goods over helping to rid the world of a practice on which our nation's foundations were built.

Posted by: Chaz | July 6, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Can we please stop with the labels. Conservative, liberals, Democratics, Repubicans. People vote for people not parties. The mere fact the McClain and Obama are in it should speak volumes to the business as usual groups. Neither party expected them. Folks are bitter, just pick up the local paper or check out the local news, folks are playing the blame game. Folks better be glad that I am holding on to my religion, because it gives me the grace and courage to be strong and compassionate to others

Posted by: Soraya | July 5, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

"Must be a slow day at the Post if this is considered news. I chuckle every time I hear the phrase "Black conservative". It is a rather nice name for an opportunistic bigot. I suppose the Post would consider it news if the handful of Klan members residing in Frederick county Maryland ran an ad trashing McCain?

Posted by: Harley | July 3, 2008 6:09 PM"

You chuckle when you call someone a bigot?? My husband is a black man who is a Republican. He is proud that Obama is running and has the nomination for the Presidency. That sure can't be said for the Dem's, who still to this day call Condi Rice, Clarence Thomas, Colin Powell, etc, etc, etc., names, awful names, I read comments on this article at the Huff poo, and it is TERRIBLE... My husband came from NOTHING and has worked his way from putting HIMSELF through college and owning his own business.
ps, the news media wouldn't give a CRAP if someone ran that ad about McCAIN... They ONLY care about getting Obama elected.
Grow up, take responsibility for YOUR OWN ACTIONS, TAKE CARE OF YOUR CHILDREN, I could go on and on.....

Posted by: reshas1 | July 5, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

The truth is the only people holding back the blacks are blacks and Democrats. They want to remain victims and have bought into the, "What's in it for me?" syndrome. No true Christian whether they are Black, White, Tellow, Brown, etc. should vote for a liar, racist, abortion and homosexual supporter. Nowhere in the Bible does it say anything about supporting thos who are immersed in sinful behavior. In fact those who vote for Obama, who in fact have no record and has accomplished nothing in his life, will stand in Judgement. But of course the mentally ill lying liberals want people to elect this socialist/fascist/communist/liberal who has bee bought and paid for by special interest groups with the same agenda.

Posted by: Ozark_Sunshine | July 4, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

what OBAMA is is gay. ak the rev WRIGHT. he handles michelle.

Posted by: gillette | July 4, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Rice is in need of "psychological evaluation."

Posted by: midas20874 | July 4, 2008 12:05 AM | Report abuse

This is just another example of someone who, lacking in a meaningful agenda, resorts to name calling, falsehood and rumor as a substitue for intelligent, honest and respectful debate. Personally I tend to dismiss those who would venture to tell me what's bad about an opponent rather than convince me of the rightness of their argument. It shows an immaturity and intellectual shallowness bordering on ignorance. And in this case it shows a complete lack of civility and respect for those with whom this "lady" disagrees and is another example of the win at all cost mentality that has dominated the conservative discourse for well over twenty years.

Posted by: Youngj1 | July 3, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Look closely at some of these innocuous groups that make their wild claims, like Republicans for Black Empowerment, headed by one Donald Scoggins, who himself was fired from the Department Housing and Urban Development because he owned a string of tenements in Southeast D.C. which were so dilapidated that the government had to bail out the unfortunate Section 8 residents and spend a ton of money to house them in motels, then pay for the buildings that Scoggins walked away from.

Doesn't that sound like a modern day slave trader? That's just the kind of organization that does not sound credible when it says that Blacks are just running as fast as they can to join the GOP.

Posted by: Lyndie, Reston, VA | July 3, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

was/is Robert Byrd(former clansmen) a democrat or republican? Yes, he was and is a democrat and was in the KKK. Who was against bussing? Integration? Democrats...

Enough said.

Posted by: Charles | July 3, 2008 10:14 PM

No, it's not enough said.

jByrd has apologized for his youthful discretion.

As for the Democrats you speak of, they all switched over to the republican Party when Wallace was shot.

You may continue to live in your delusional world and think this is still the 60's, but the rest of us live in 2008.

The 2008 Republican Party now fully embraces the racism of the KKK and CCC. While the Democratic Party is truly open to people of all colors and races.

Posted by: Kevin Schmidt | July 3, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Frances Rice will reconsider. She can't be as dumb as she appears to be.

Posted by: esch | July 3, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, clear my thinking please. Who do the top terrorist group say they like and want to win? McCain or Obama? Why? Whoops, McCain supports Israel. Could King be described as a republican? Not sure, was/is Robert Byrd(former clansmen) a democrat or republican? Yes, he was and is a democrat and was in the KKK. Who was against bussing? Integration? Democrats...

Enough said.

Posted by: Charles | July 3, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Well well,

A few things have changed since the primary season started.

I went from being an African American Republican to being an Independent.

The Primary season and the General election look to certainly test this great nation on many levels.

I am greatly saddened by the lack of knowledgeable discourse I see on these threads.

Instead I see emotional posting lacking both credibility and merit.

"We the People" are failing ourselves a result. The TRUTH is out there. The REAL information on each candidate it there for those wo choose to look.

Vote based on REAL FACTS, not drivel and disrespect.

It seems we are a nation ruled by emotion rather than knowledge.

So very sad...

Posted by: Vance C. McDaniel | July 3, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Geez some people are stupid.

Posted by: The Anti-Publius | July 3, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Is this an editorial? It sure does read like an editorial.

Posted by: Publius | July 3, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Any group, black or white or conservative or liberal, that helps to dispel the Obama myth deserves kudos. There are too many people that are just blindly following Obama for no apparent reason other than his race.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 3, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

The fact that child slaves are used in the harvesting of cocoa beans in Cote D'Ivoire is undisputed. The U.S. State Department estimates that there are approximately 15,000 children working on cocoa, coffee, and cotton farms in the Cote D'Ivoire. In June 2001, the ILO (International Labor Organization) also reported that trafficked child labor was used in cocoa production in West Africa. Media reports have unveiled stories about boys tricked or sold into slavery, some as young as nine years old, to work on cocoa plantations in Cote d'Ivoire. ILRF (International Labor Rights Funds) has verified these reports through our own independent investigations conducted in 2002 and 2003, and has interviewed children who have escaped from the cocoa plantations.

These children, usually 12 to 14 years old but sometimes younger, are forced to do hard manual labor 80 to 100 hours a week. They are paid nothing, are barely fed, are beaten regularly, and are often viciously beaten if they try to escape. Most will never see their families again. Aly Diabate, a freed slave, told reporters, "The beatings were a part of my life. Anytime they loaded you with bags (of cocoa beans) and you fell while carrying them, nobody helped you. Instead they beat you and beat you until you picked it up again."


Who will be the voice for these children. Stop buying chocolate.

Posted by: Realitycheck | July 3, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

"Tens of thousands of children have been kidnapped from their homes and sold
into slavery. These children plant, pick, bag, and carry the beans for
plantation owners. "

There is an injustice, and the oppressed children of the nation of Ivory
Coast have been sold into slavery to support one industry.

GOT CHOCOLATE?

Hershey, Nestle, and Mars candy bar lovers have got to come to terms with
this one.

Most of the world's cocoa beans are grown on the more than 600,000 cocoa
farms located in the nation of Ivory Coast.

BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE

Tens of thousands of children have been kidnapped from their homes and sold
into slavery. These children plant, pick, bag, and carry the beans for
plantation owners.

Lawrence T. Graham, president of the Chocolate Manufacturers Association
admits: "The industry alone can't fix this. We're dealing with a sovereign
government."

Chocolate manufactures have known about slavery for many years and have not
done a thing about it. Perhaps it's now time for consumers to act.

Posted by: Realitycheck | July 3, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

This ad was brought to you by the Judas Oreo Wing of the Republican Party.

Posted by: Kevin Schmidt | July 3, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

No surprises here. Many of the cruelest overseers and slave owners were at least partially of African origin, as well.
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You are correct. Let me add that whites did not take blacks by force. It was the blacks in Africa that sold their family members and tribe members into slavery. And yes, blacks were slave owners in this country as well. Remember, everytime you take a bite into your chocolate, the cocoa beans were picked by black children sold by their family to feed other members of their family. So, it still happens today. Do some research and maybe you will be appalled at the children sold into slavery today, so you can sit on your computer and get fat off your sweets.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 3, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Please address the issue of Obama and Larry Sinclair allegations of Homosexual acts and cocaine use in 1999.www.wnd.com/index/page 56626 and Obamas relationship with Frank Marshall Davis and the Communist party of USA.Why did BHObama attend a fundraiser with Bernardine Dorhn of the Weather Underground?www.wnd.page 65066 If Obama got special deals like Dodd from mortgage lenders,should Congress investigate them for money laundering and illegal kickbacks?Respectfully;John McIntyre

Posted by: John McIntyre | July 3, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Martin Luther King a Republican?--aside from leading the well known push for civil rights, he was also vehement opposed to the Vietnam war?

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A war started by Democrat icon Kennedy

Posted by: Anonymous | July 3, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Must be a slow day at the Post if this is considered news. I chuckle every time I hear the phrase "Black conservative". It is a rather nice name for an opportunistic bigot. I suppose the Post would consider it news if the handful of Klan members residing in Frederick county Maryland ran an ad trashing McCain?

Posted by: Harley | July 3, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Martin Luther King a Republican?--aside from leading the well known push for civil rights, he was also vehement opposed to the Vietnam war?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 3, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Somebody must have paid these idiots to run thesse slanderous ads. I hope that they do not depend upon Black floks for any part of their livelihood because they will be starving soon. This will not be forgotten. I hope that they are bold enough to show their faces... enough said

Posted by: Anonymous | July 3, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Its a relief to see that Osama represents the gold at the end of the rainbow. Since Jan I have watched him mutate from an extreme leftist marxist to a Hillary Clinton centrist. His own words are "I have said this all along". If he weren't black all his followers would be sooo confused!

Posted by: Ahab | July 3, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

WHay are we worried about the black conservatives? There are only 24 of them in the Country...but they all have big mouths and bigger egos.

Posted by: Daddio on the Paddio | July 3, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

No surprises here. Many of the cruelest overseers and slave owners were at least partially of African origin, as well. Certainly, there is no depth to which self-hate can not descend. To free one's mind, is a fairly certain indicator that one's arse will surely follow. b

Posted by: bldlcc | July 3, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Barack attacks Bush and then he starts pushing "faith-based initiatives." How original! Didn't I hear that somewhere else? Let me think... let me think... OH YEAH, Bush said it first!! Obama is a two-faced pandering politician. I can't believe people are following him like zombies!!

Posted by: black independent conservative | July 3, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I actually know several black people who are going to vote for Obama no matter what falls out his closet simply because he is Black. I am definitely not one and have no shame in telling people I do not support him. Some people feel like I should support him just because we're the same race, but I firmly believe that he is going to drive this country further into the pit than it already is.

Posted by: black independent conservative | July 3, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

BLACK REPUBLICANS!? IS LIKE SLAVES FIGHTING FOR THE SOUTH DURING THE CIVIL WAR. SOME PEOPLE WILL DO ANYTHING AT GUNPOINT. BUT WOULDN"T YOU TOO.....
OBAMA WILL WIN IN A LANDSLIDE IF HE MAKES IT TO NOVEMBER. I HOPE SO. IT"S ABOUT COMPETENCE!!! HAVE YOU HEARD MCSAME SPEAK??!! ALMOST AS BAD AS W.

Posted by: pkrass | July 3, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

BILL and others of like mind: My husband and I both work two jobs to keep up with the cost of gas, food and household expenses for our family. Exactly who do you think is going to pay you that $1,000? It's the taxpayers and I'm one of them and my responsibility is for my family - not anyone else's. Promises of government handouts just make you more dependent. Be a man - step up to the plate and do what it takes to be responsible. Our family is Black and we're making it. Obama will NOT HELP YOU. Do something for yourself for a change.

Posted by: Abby Honn | July 3, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Some of you are funny if you think Republicans are like the KKK. White Supremacists hate the Republican Party because they think they are too closely linked to Israel. Some of you need to get a brain.

Posted by: Jason Tavares | July 3, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a racist and an elitist, so there shouldn't be anything wrong with putting out ads that emphasize that. That's why Obama supporters get all bent out of shape by ads like this. They're afraid of people knowing the truth.

Not only that, but the GOP has done far more for blacks in this country than the Democrats have. So how long will the Democrats successfully be able to brainwash blacks into voting Democratic?

Posted by: EyeDoc | July 3, 2008 1:39 PM

Hogwash. If Obama is racist and elitist, then you are bigoted and stupid and there shouldn't be anything wrong with putting out an ad about that. The main point that I am making is that anyone can call anyone anything and put out an ad on it. There will be a day when this type of American free-speech behavior will have gone too far. There will be a payday. During what time period after Lincoln do you suggest that the Republicans did anything for the African-Americans?

Posted by: EC | July 3, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

It seems to make no difference what the color, Republicans are all cut out of the same cloth. It must be in the water. Hopefully, all Republicans will hide after the elections and not surface for another 50 years. By then we will be debt-free and having a great time.

Posted by: Earl C | July 3, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

"Well, Obama won't get the "Clarence Thomas" vote. I'm sure that has him quaking in his boots."

Just like when Michael Steele said he would "do everything within his power" to limit Obama's vote. I guess that means that Obama can't count on Steele's immediate family voting for him.

At least Steele got this right: in this climate, "the Republican brand quite frankly sucks."

Posted by: mkarns | July 3, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

THE BLACK REPUGS, ARE REALLY SUFFERING FROM
P.T.S.D POST TRAUMATIC SLAVE DYSFUNCTION.


OMBAMA (08)

Posted by: JAMES A | July 3, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Well, Obama won't get the "Clarence Thomas" vote. I'm sure that has him quaking in his boots.

Posted by: Bob22003 | July 3, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Could Darryl Fears not have at least pretended to be a LITTLE objective?

Posted by: CP | July 3, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

And before someone tries to bring up something the Republican Party did back in 1910...I'm talking about the Republican Party AFTER the influx of DixieCrats...because both parties are VERY different than they were prior to the 60's...

Posted by: SmokeyJoe | July 3, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Franklin T. | July 3, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I havabrain...I couldn't have said it better myself. I'm constantly hearing black conservatives (all three of them) talking about how the Democratic Party hasn't done anything for blacks...
Other than try there darndest to get rid of Affirmative Action (hmmm), what exactly has the Republican Party ever done for blacks? I just don't get it...

Posted by: SmokeyJoe | July 3, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

EyeDoc wrote: Obama is a racist and an elitist, so there shouldn't be anything wrong with putting out ads that emphasize that. That's why Obama supporters get all bent out of shape by ads like this. They're afraid of people knowing the truth.

Not only that, but the GOP has done far more for blacks in this country than the Democrats have. So how long will the Democrats successfully be able to brainwash blacks into voting Democratic?


EyeDoc are you hoping that you can turn off voters for Obama with that tired line? Once you republicans start an attack line eg. racist...elitist you say it ad nauseum even though it doesn't have an ounce of truth in it. You just keep on attacking with your nonsense.

Posted by: LAE | July 3, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

EyeDoc writes: Not only that, but the GOP has done far more for blacks in this country than the Democrats have.
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You could list everything that the Republicans have done for African Americans on a postage stamp and still have room for George Bush's accomplishments and Dick Cheney's charitable contributions.

Posted by: I havabrain | July 3, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I'd love to know which white racist group is funding them. I would never say that the Democrats are perfect, but anyone who thinks that the Republican party stands for ANYTHING that would actual help African-Americans is in need of immediate psychiatric help.

Posted by: I havabrain | July 3, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a racist and an elitist, so there shouldn't be anything wrong with putting out ads that emphasize that. That's why Obama supporters get all bent out of shape by ads like this. They're afraid of people knowing the truth.

Not only that, but the GOP has done far more for blacks in this country than the Democrats have. So how long will the Democrats successfully be able to brainwash blacks into voting Democratic?

Posted by: EyeDoc | July 3, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Were these ads written by Justice Thomas???

Coulda fooled me...

Whatta a joke!

Posted by: EthanQ | July 3, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

"And, during his race speech in Philadelphia, of his grandmother: "I can no more disown him [the Rev. Wright] than I can disown my white grandmother "
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So now he is a bigoted elitist liar who disowned BOTH of them!

Boy this guy gets better and better every time he opens his pie hole.

Is he TRYING to destroy the Democratic party? Perhaps he is also secretly a republican too?!?

To be honest, I see more in common between Barama and GWB than McCain and GWB.

Does this guy have ANY BACKBONE WHATSOEVER?

Posted by: Says it all | July 3, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

"Has anybody seen Ben Cardin since the campaign?"

I've seen him voting for the interests of ordinary people, black, white, and otherwise, along with his fellow Democrats on Capitol Hill. Which is not what Steele would be doing if he were elected. Instead he'd likely be voting with Republicans to extend the Iraq war indefinitely and to "stimulate" the economy by giving handouts to Big Oil and hedge fund speculators.

I find it interesting that the GOP finds itself so compelled to make a big deal about a candidate's race. Barack Obama is not running as a "black candidate" for president, but when Michael Steele ran for the Senate (and concurrently Ken Blackwell and Lynn Swann ran for governor of OH and PA) the GOP endlessly hyped the "year of the black Republican" (until they all lost.)

Steele was touted as a "different kind of Republican" but I could not see what other than his skin color differentiated him from other Republicans. To put it bluntly, the GOP essentially used that to try and sneak another Bush rubber stamp into the Senate. Voters weren't fooled.

Posted by: mkarns | July 3, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

In response to the anon post "CAN YOU TRUST A PRESIDENT THAT SAY'S THIS, JUDGE FOR YOURSELF" (July 3 12:00 PM):

YES, WE CAN!

:)

Posted by: crayon | July 3, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

In PG County. When Michael Steele ran for the senate in MD, the Dems brought out the white republican boogie man and the blacks ran straight for Cardin. So typical, black in in PG county as myself had a chance to put one of their own who lived in Mitchellvile, and could get problems solved for us. But what happenned, black as usual voted democratic no matter what. Has anybody seen an improvement in crime, shools, jobs in PG county? Has anybody seen Ben Cardin since the campaign? I black americans should be independent, that way we will have some real levrage. Not taken for granted by the liberal dems nor the conservatives republicans. Then progress will be made.

Posted by: tparreg | July 3, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Some of the people posting here are SOO mis-informed. The Democratic party USED to be for the working class, but they have since moved away from that position.

If you REALLY think a Democrat in the W.H. is going to lower your taxes and look out for you, think again! (They want to be as Rich and Powerful as the people the Republican's support). If you think your voice will be heard, think again. HAS your voice been heard since teh Dems took over congress in 2006? NO! They have their own agenda, which has noting to do with the betterment of the middle and lower classes lives. Your freedoms will diminish one by one, as will your choices. You will be made to work for this country, as Obama states, and you will never get ahead or rise above your current status because that wouldn't serve the party.

WAKE UP AMERICA...Washington has been hijacked by Communists!!

Posted by: Alex | July 3, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

There are Black Republicans?

Posted by: t-one | July 3, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Why are these republicans still hopping on Obama being an elitist I wander? An elitist happens to be what the republican party largely represents. Are they hoping to turn off would be democratic supporters by attributing this label to Obama? If so, that will never happen. If you think about it it's even laughable. Here you have a whole party of elitists trying to label one poor guy (who until recently just paid off his student loans) an elitist. I suppose -so potentially democrats or moderates will be turned off and not vote for him. Get a life republicans. What started during the primaries will not work for you of all people -if that's the only shoe you can throw. Because by definition -that shoe fits you oh too perfectly!!

Posted by: LAE | July 3, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Well, after all there were Blacks who served the Confederacy. These people are just their descendents.

Posted by: vacymro | July 3, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

ROTFLMAO!!!!!

This ad campaign smells like the desperate, panicked, blood-drenched sweat of a geriatric elephant that is painfully dying from self-inflicted wounds on top of a fresh steaming mound of his own disease-laden dung in the hazy summer heat.

Posted by: Armstrong Williams | July 3, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | July 3, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

This is a war on the classes. Republicans wants to take care of the rich and the Democrats take care of the Middle Class and the poor. If your tired of a failing economy vote Obama. Mccain doesn't want to talk about solutions to our problems and wants to give the rich all the tax cuts. If you want a president that will give solutions to your problems vote Obama.

Posted by: Cindy | July 3, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Republicans just want poor people to remain poor. They don't offer any solutions just attacks and were tired of the same old attacks and nothing ever gets done. If they want to defeat Obama why can't they come up with better policies. If they don't I don't care what they say, I'm voting for universial healthcare and that thousand dollar tax credit. I sure can use it.

Posted by: Belinda | July 3, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

They act as if their saying something new with these ads. All of this was out during the primaries and Obama won the nomination. The truth is the Republicans don't have real solutions and as long as Obama is offering solutions he has my vote. I don't care what they say.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 3, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

All the republicans are going to do is make a fool of themselves. They are going to look more racist than ever and proberly will scare more people into voting for Obama because their disgusted with the way their trying to manipulate the candidate thats offering a change from the failed policies for our economy and the war in Iraq. If the Republicans want to defeat Obama they better start offering average Americans a way to solve some of their problems that they are facing under a Republican president.

Posted by: Sarah | July 3, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

WHAT ARE THE REPUBLICANS ASKING US? DON'T TAKE A $1,000. TAX CREDIT WHEN I'M PAYING $4.79 A GALLON.

DON'T VOTE FOR UNIVERSIAL HEALTHCARE WHEN THEY OFFERING NOTHING.

DON'T VOTE FOR CLEAN RENEWABLE ENERGY WHEN THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO DRILL OFF SHORE AND RUIN OUR OCEANS WITH OIL SPILLS. I'M TIRED OF PAYING GAS BILLS AND ELECTRICITY TO HEAT AND PROVIDE LIGHT FOR MY HOME.

DON'T VOTE TO END THE WAR IN IRAQ EVEN THOUGH ITS BETTER ON THE GROUND.

AS LONG AS OBAMA HAS A PLAN TO KEEP MONEY IN MY POCKET AND HELP ME WITH HEALTHCARE THAN I'M VOTING FOR OBAMA. THE REPUBLICANS AREN'T TALKING ABOUT DOING ANYTHING TO HELP AMERICANS THAT FELL ON HARD TIMES.

Posted by: BILL | July 3, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Republicans just don't get it. Who cares. What are they offering the American people. We heard those stories already, but what are they offering the American people who are fed up with this failing economy and gas prices? The American people wants answers not attacks. The Republicans are so out of touch that they think these played out strategies are going to work and nobody cares anymore. Times are too hard to listen to gossip when we could talk about solutions.

Posted by: Jim | July 3, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Thats the problem with Republicans they don't have any solutions. People are tired of hearing the same old attacks while their paying almost $5 dollars for gas and their healthcare premiums have gone up. If the Republicans don't have real solutions or care about the problems ordinary Americans are facing than attacks against Obama will not stop me from voting for him. I'm voting for that $1000. tax cut and his universial healthcare. The hell with what the Republicans are talking about.

Posted by: Linda | July 3, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

I hope these black conservatives do come out against Obama because it would encourage more voters to vote for Obama when they see exactly what kind of disgusting attacks Republicans use to get elected. Why can't they defeat Obama with having a real plan to rebuild our economy? Why don't they strategize to get us out of Iraq? No Republicans don't have solutions for problems all they do is make problems. If Republicans want to defeat Obama it will be on the issues and not slander. Nobody wants to hear that when their paying almost $5 dollars a gallon.

Posted by: Steven | July 3, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

This group of 'black' conservatives fall right in line with the disingenuous party that they have leeched their way onto. I say leeched, because it is characteristic of a leech to latch onto it's host notwithstanding that the host doesn't like them and are, in all probabiliy, repulsed by them.

The GOP serves the interests of none but the wealthy elite in the United States. And that would be about 1% of the population. Whether you be black or white or brown, is irrelevant, if your are not wealthy and elite, you DON'T fit in.

Those middle class Americans unemployeed in the last 6 months of a Bush Adminstration who have claimed allegiance the GOP are 'case in point'

Posted by: Concernedaboutdc | July 3, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

They can do what they want but I'm will never become a Republican. allot is going wrong with our economy and a 6.5 year long war in Iraq and I haven't heard a any Republicans against President Bush for mis managing our economy and failed strategy in Iraq so why would any independent or Democrat would become a Republican when they believe our failing economy is not an issue they want to talk about. I do not share the views of the radical right and I will never become a Republican. I believe the Republican Party is a disgrace and racist Party.

Posted by: Janice | July 3, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

National Black Republican Association, National Black Republican Council, what's in a name. Most of the members of the former NBRC realized at the end the unfortunate outcome of these organizations was, as anticipated, how easy it is to divide the African American community. It is fine to have opposing viewpoints. Everyone should support the candidate of their choice. Unfortunately, if history repeats itself regarding this organization and its predecessor, its just about the Benjamins...and only to a few. There are no soldiers, just well paid tokens carrying out marching orders. Shame!!!

Posted by: Moxieme | July 3, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

'Black Conservatives'. Lulz.

Posted by: Yeahright | July 3, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Black conservatives? What a laugh. Only in America. Is Armstrong Williams on the loose again?

Posted by: truth1 | July 3, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

No politician will ever be able to please all of the people all of the time, and Obama is no exception to the rule.

This group can think whatever the heck it wants to think.

Posted by: Q--Man | July 3, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

There's a fortune to be made by being a black Conservative.

Posted by: Ariel | July 3, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

How many is it? 6 (six)

Posted by: gtalkspolitica | July 3, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

This mudslinging swiftboat lying propaganda ad was brought to you by the Oreo Judas wing of the Republican Party.

Posted by: Kevin Schmidt | July 3, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Joe Black, excellent post. That's exactly what I'm talking about (segregation). If you're Republican, Democrat, Independent, identify with that. Why label yourself as a 'black' anything? I've never heard of a Mexican Democrat Group, or a Chinese Republican Group, or even an White Independent Group (not saying they don't exist, and if they do -- shame on them too!). Yet, we have the Black Republicans and similar race identified groups.

Posted by: cuerdasnada | July 3, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

"Black republican" is almost as oxymoronic as "gay republican."

The ReThuglican party is the top economic 1% of straight white males taking care of their own, to the detriment of the entire remainder of the Nation.

Posted by: AnonPoster | July 3, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

When will this country change, or will it? I'm black and I'm voting for Obama; and let me assure you it's NOT because of his race. I'm voting for him because he represents a portion of the stories I hear from EVERY RACE every day. Also, the idea of a "fresh" candidate is appealing to me. The fact that he doesn't have a lengthy political history is appealing.

Faub -- Kerry and Gore are White, correct? So, how can you still shout 'racism' and believe that statement? (I should've aimed that question at the majority of you spewing the same rhetoric)

In my opinion, black people are coming out in record numbers because this is the first time we've had a candidate who can identify with - scratch that... this is the first time we've had a candidate who isn't affraid to say that they've been where a lot of people have been. Not sure how old most of you are, but if you haven't learned by now: Black people LOVE the person who isn't afraid.

The great thing about Obama is that he's not just talking about the past. He's also talking about where we should be as a country in this day and age (speaking on racial relations). Who else has done that, no really... Who?

I travel a lot, and I'm also an professor on one of the most diverse campuses in this country. The general consensus is that America has lost it's 'power' due to the constant bickering (over everything -- politics, health care, education, race relations, even whether or not to say the Pledge of Allegiance in schools), and they are tired. So am I.

I'm tired of people calling blacks racists because they are turning out in record numbers to support someone who's been through what the majority of us have. I'm tired of people calling blacks racists because they are turning out in record numbers to support someone who's looking to level the racial playing field.

Please answer these questions for me wise bloggers: why hasn't the anti-voting laws for blacks been abolished (why should our voting privilages expire); why is it that some states are still allowed to promote segregation; why is it that most of the segregation laws were JUST lifted like 30/35 yrs ago; why is it that (statistically speaking) a white person and a black person can commit the same crime and the black get more time? That's just a condensed list from an extensive list which promotes inequality for EVERY race EXCEPT white America. Is it really racist to want to change this, or at least have a real shot at changing this? What are you afraid of?

Posted by: cuerdasnada | July 3, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Pathtic are Republicans, for they are not much better than KKK. More pathetic are the black Republicans. Most pathetic are the log cabin Republicans. It always surprises me how/why the black & homosexual join & stay in the Republican party.

Posted by: SV | July 3, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Black people need to move away from labels! Black conservatives, Black liberals, Black nationals, Black elitists is all a bunch of garbage. These labels are limiting minds, thoughts and values. Black people should strive for excellence and move away from the "CRABS IN THE BARREL MENTALITY".

Posted by: Joe Black | July 3, 2008 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Blacks have voted consistently Democratic; it is not racist to now be voting for Obama; they did not vote for him before Iowa.

Bill Moyers had an excellent interview with an author talking about blacks being reinslaved after slavery and they stayed in that status until WWII. America has a horrible past. Hopefully we can look to a brighter future with Barack Obama.

Posted by: Dennis | July 3, 2008 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Wonder where the NBRA got their money for the ads. Hmmm....

Note to the Post: This is really too much ink for a negative, go nowhere puppet group.

Posted by: Jillian | July 3, 2008 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Obama is my hero! No matter how much the Republicans and Hillary try to bring racism into it, he doesn't stoop that low. Obama is a refreshing change for American politics!

Posted by: sam donaldson | July 3, 2008 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Oh how refreshing to see an intelligent
and patriotic group of Black People not
taken in by that phony false Messiah empty
suit Barack Hussein Obama. Thank you for
the ads tearing that lying loser Obama apart as it's about time someone did so,
since his opponent Amnesty John McCain is
too busy running for El Presidente of Mexico and Columbia For Life to do so.
Vote No Obama!

Posted by: Sherry Kay 2004 | July 3, 2008 6:21 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: mikeinthedelta .....The comments that African Americans are racist because many are voting for Obama are ludicrous!...
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Maybe not as ludicrous as you may think mikeinthedelta, just last week it was reported that this election has shown the LARGEST increase and rise in African American voter registration here in GA for over a decade...many are also saying Gore got a majority % of the African American vote but this election its sheer numbers of voters not percentages. And from what we have seen on other states the numbers are also precident setting.

Posted by: Frankie58 | July 3, 2008 3:32 AM | Report abuse

Re: Truth never lies

I am glad that people begin to see him: Obama is not a black guy. If people thought that he is Black, it is a mistake.

He further disowned his Church and terminated his relationship with Rev. Wright. Does he have any faith? Does he have any belief in God?

Do you walk away from your Church if your membership bothers your career? Do you disown God when things are not working for you?

If Obama has any single record in that he promoted the civil rights of African-Americans, then I will give him some credit. If he has delivered any speeches in that he criticized racial inequalities of the United States and offered any promises to promote racial equality, then I will give him some credit.

David Axelrod, his Chief Strategist, just painted him as "a black guy," yet he painted too many different faces on his face so we do know who he is--until now.

JFK or Dr. Martin Luther King? He is not even close.

Posted by: peace4world | July 3, 2008 3:05 AM | Report abuse

Re: Truth never lies

I am glad that people begin to see him: Obama is not a black guy. If people thought that he is Black, it is a mistake.

He further disowned his Church and terminated his relationship with Rev. Wright. Does he have any faith? Does he have any belief in God?

Do you walk away from your Church if your membership bothers your career? Do you disown God when things are not working for you?

If Obama has any single record in that he promoted the civil rights of African-Americans, then I will give him some credit. If he has delivered any speeches in that he criticized racial inequalities of the United States and offered any promises to promote racial equality, then I will give him some credit.

David Axelrod, his Chief Strategist, just painted him as "a black guy," yet he painted too many different faces on his face so we do know who he is--until now.

JFK or Dr. Martin Luther King? He is not even close.

Posted by: peace4world | July 3, 2008 3:05 AM | Report abuse

If you're voting for Obama because he is black, then you are making a mistake. You need to think before you vote for anyone. Go beyond skin color and look past the rhetoric.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 3, 2008 1:14 AM | Report abuse

From bi-racial: "These groups should ask themselves why is it that the republican party has NO elected offical who isn't white? forget about blacks - there isn't a hispanic, asian, or any other race beside white in the republican party. And yeah they are wasting their time in that add."

I should probable ask you why you haven't heard of the following people who are currently Republican elected officials: Gov. Bobby Jindal, Gov. Felix Camacho, Rep. Henry Bonilla, Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and Sen. Mel Martinez just to name a few.

Let's also not forget to include some of the following former elected officials: Sen. Edward Brooke, Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, Rep. JC Watts. There's also, if you actually looked it up, a load of state representatives who are either Latino or African American, and all Republican.

It's worth noting that while Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr may have been an independent, his father is listed as a Republican, and his niece (Dr. Alveda King) is a Republican and former member of the Georgia House of Representatives.

Next time, it might be best to double check your facts before you say something like "there isn't a hispanic, asian, or any other race beside white in the republican party."

Posted by: vagrl82 | July 3, 2008 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Here in the Maryland presidential primary, I was delighted to be able to vote for the candidate who has long represented my views, on a wide range of important issues, better than any other candidate. I'm white, and the candidate I voted for is black. Folks across the nation are working to ensure that my candidate is a choice on the ballot in November.

My candidate is Alan Keyes. He had been a Republican since his youth, but he's left that party and is now running as an independent. Here in Maryland, folks are petitioning to get a new party on the ballot -- Maryland Independent Party -- in order to get Alan Keyes on the ballot for President in November. I invite all of good will to join in this effort.

Posted by: Steve Schulin | July 2, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Here in the Maryland presidential primary, I was delighted to be able to vote for the candidate who has long represented my views, on a wide range of important issues, better than any other candidate. I'm white, and the candidate I voted for is black. Folks across the nation are working to ensure that my candidate is a choice on the ballot in November.

My candidate is Alan Keyes. He had been a Republican since his youth, but he's left that party and is now running as an independent. Here in Maryland, folks are petitioning to get a new party on the ballot -- Maryland Independent Party -- in order to get Alan Keyes on the ballot for President in November. I invite all of good will to join in this effort.

Posted by: Steve Schulin | July 2, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Stupidity is color blind

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

The comments that African Americans are racist because many are voting for Obama are ludicrous! As Faub noted in his wrongheaded comment, African Americans also voted in large numbers for Clinton (Bill), Gore, and Kerry. If this proves anything, it's that African Americans are important part of the Democratic base. It's also indicative of the need for Republicans to engage in some authentic outreach instead of denigrating Obama. Most would never suggest that whites are racists when they support white candidates for public office because it's the cultural norm. To suggest that blacks only support blacks is demeaning. For all who believe this falacy, I have two words for you: Al Sharpton.

Posted by: mikeinthedelta | July 2, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Faub,

"Gore got like 90% of the black vote. Kerry 88 or so. Obama is getting 95% of the black vote, and the turnout is going to be HUGE"

I'm a little confused. How is that voting race?

Posted by: Please Explain | July 2, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Mmmmm. Wonder what the racial breakdown of NBRA's funders looks like.

Posted by: csdiego | July 2, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

"Gore got like 90% of the black vote. Kerry 88 or so. Obama is getting 95% of the black vote, and the turnout is going to be HUGE"

nothiing like voting for skin colour...

what to we call that?

ah, yes, racism

Posted by: Faub | July 2, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

It's mudslinging if the black conservatives call Obama "bitter" ?
Then
what was it when Obama called
white Americans "bitter"?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

These groups should ask themselves why is it that the republican party has NO elected offical who isn't white? forget about blacks - there isn't a hispanic, asian, or any other race beside white in the republican party. And yeah they are wasting their time in that add.

Posted by: bi-racial | July 2, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Black conservatives?

What- all two of them?!

I may be as white as rice, but I know a little bit about the world we live in.

Who's in that group? Sell-out and sell-in?

Shelby Steele has written some of the most incoherent garbage my eyes have ever curiously witnessed. Even George Will had to question the logic there.

People (who shall remain nameless, unity is the thing these days) tried to spread a bunch of money around in Harlem - and they were successful in getting people like that crazy Pastor Manning to say all kinds of weird stuff. Didn't work in the primaries and it's not going to work in the general.

Gore got like 90% of the black vote. Kerry 88 or so. Obama is getting 95% of the black vote, and the turnout is going to be HUGE.

Posted by: JR, Boston | July 2, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

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