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Democrats Repudiate McCain Surrogate's 'Tiger Woods' Comment

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is raising cain over a GOP congressional candidate and John McCain surrogate who made what the DCCC is labeling a "racist" statement at a McCain rally on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

The candidate, David Bellavia, who is running for the open seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-N.Y.), gave a short but oddly rambling and disjointed speech, closing with: "You can have your Tiger Woods, we've got John McCain."

McCain, who was on stage when Bellavia made the comment, hugged the candidate before taking the podium, as you can see in this video linked on Talking Points Memo.

"What's more outrageous than David Bellavia's divisive attack is the fact that John McCain has not repudiated the statement," said Carrie James, a DCCC spokeswoman. "Will New York Republicans do the right thing and call on John McCain to reject Bellavia's racist comments?"

The DCCC, in its statement, provided a YouTube link to the video.

The Obama campaign declined to respond to our request for comment on Bellavia's "Tiger Woods" speech or speculate on just what he meant by it.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 10, 2008; 4:35 PM ET
 
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Comments

At least the Obama campaign didn't dignify the remark with a comment. The DCCC is a little too eager to jump on what is at most a minor instance of racism, but then again it's their job to be aggressive. At the same time, it's important to avoid trivializing the fight for equality over stupid comments like this.

Posted by: Fat Albert | April 10, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Even the Republicans in the audience and onstage can be heard going "ooooh" (the equivalent of "on no he didn't!!")---fully acknowledging that it was an F-ed up statement. The guy is just clearly an idiot, who has no idea how to give even an introductory speech, and thought in his own mind he was on a roll. Do I think he's racist? As a black woman, I'd have to say probably not hardcore, and probably not anymore than any other American, we all say things privately that we might not say publically. But I am certain that he is a moron. The problem is that this is why the Republicans have a perception problem among most minorities--because they let idiots like him speak without a little PR training first. He really just looked stupid more than anything. I'm kind of embarassed for him, actually.

Posted by: lawgrrl | April 10, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

It definitely was a racist comment and specifically made he hesitated right before it -- funny thing if McCain had called him on it right then and there I am sure he would have been embarrassed.
What I am wondering about is why Clinton and her surrogates get away with their racist comments day after day -- she has made this campaign about race and yet the black politicians that support her cannot see how they are being used; or just go along because they are so used to it.
It's time people nip this in the bud, if you think it is -- it is!! -- otherwise it wouldn't have crossed your mind in the first place.

Posted by: paulet | April 10, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

And how many times will John McInsane come out aftere the fact and repuidate it? White America is having a hard time dealing with the concept of a blk nominee.....Hmmm...Will America finally deal wtih its racial issue?....It amazes me that even in the 21st Ctry we have ignorant ppl.

BUZZARD'S KORNER

Posted by: Buzzard's Korner | April 10, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Are you people kidding me? You are taking bits of his speech out of context - and changing the meaning. He was saying that his sons will grow up to admire real heroes like John McCain - and not sports figures like Tiger Woods. This comment had nothing to do with race - and nothing to do with Obama. Yes, he did make a jab at Obama at the end of his speech - but he is not a racist!

Posted by: Matt | April 10, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

CAN WE STOP ACCUSING THE CANDIDATES FOR WHAT THEIR SUPPORTERS SAY, AS LONG AS THE
CANDIADTE DOES NOT EMBRACE THE CULPRIT A F T E R THE FACT ??

In this case here, it seems a stupid (and not understandable without knowing to whom he was speaking)remark !!

caminito

Posted by: caminito | April 10, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Somehow senator McCain not making a comment on what the gentleman and I say that very loosely said is not unusual. If you remember, at one of the senator's events there was a woman there who thought she was so clever by asking "what about the bit**? He has a habit of overlooking rude and crude remarks by some rude and crude people. Enough said.

Posted by: chacha1 | April 10, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Where are all the John McCrazzzzy people now. Hiding can't face the truth about that fool thay think will lead this country out of this mess that George got us in this guy might be in McInsaine cabinet!!!!!!!!!!!! This needs to hit all the major news networks, but it won't.

Posted by: kfitz | April 10, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Chacha1

He is rude and crude a fool no a DAMM FOOL!!!

Posted by: kfitz | April 10, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm very proud of OUR Tiger Woods! A man who can stay focused under pressure, deliver performances of the highest order, a leader in his field and a consummate gentleman.

I will have OUR Tiger Woods over any grey old men with a grenade for a heart and shrapnel for a brain who call their wives a f**king c**t in public any day!

Posted by: Richard | April 10, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

It was a bluntly racist comment, and I applaud the Post for being the first major news outlet to cancel McCain's free pass. I see that it was mentioned by Fox News, but only in the context of complaining that a lot of bloggers took exception to this incident. They then went on to say that a senior Fox producer saw nothing amiss in this introduction.

Posted by: Terry Ballard | April 10, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Just for an ironic chuckle., lets remember his name IS Mc-Cain, not Mc-Abel.

Warmonger...

Posted by: JEP | April 10, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

"what is at most a minor instance of racism,"

you mean like that Macaca thing?

What was that guy's name, who sad that, I can't seem to recall...

Bet he doesn't consider it "minor" anymore.

McCain should have learned from Allen's sheer stupidity and transparent "minor instance" of racism that you'd better reign in your horses before they take you over the cliff.

BTW, who's old Fuzzy Zoeller voting for?

Posted by: JEP | April 10, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Will Post editors find this worth a minor article, at least, or leave it to a blogger?

Posted by: g. r. adams | April 10, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

We need "State of Racism in USA" speeches from Clinton and Mccain so that we can critique their views on racial issues in the USA.

Perhaps if they gave speeches on these issues, their supporters would be more sensitive and sensible when it comes to race relations.

Posted by: cn | April 10, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps the guy had another meaning other than blatant racism (although I still think it was an ignorant comment). However, why use Tiger Woods if not to make the analogy between two iconic figures who happen to be at least partly african american? All black people aren't the same. Either way, I'm sick of these race issues and would rather MSM stick to the issues.

Posted by: CO | April 10, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Oh please the guy was making a raciest remark and McSane new it, he was hugging the guy for crimmney sakes! What do you think they will do in the general, the same crap. They will drag out the Rev. Wright pics, video's you name it, every word that Obama has ever written or said or his family for that matter will be re worked and presented as fact and all those good old GOPERS and REDNECKS will be washing their sheets and putting on their pointy little hats for the party. McSane will lead them.

Posted by: Sue F | April 10, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Compared to Obama and his unwavering support of Wright, this is low key. Tiger Woods is an American Idol. And it is Obama that is running for President and following racist rhetoric. You bet his campaign declined to comment.

Posted by: PMC | April 10, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

This is crazy. Have any of the commenters listened to the full clip? He was talking about the type of role models he wants for his sons. He was comparing McCain, a hero in his eyes, to a sports star like Tiger. It had nothing to do with race or Obama. Those who see this as a racist comment are way off base.

Posted by: John | April 10, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

And this guy is running for Congress in Western New York? Unbelievable.

Posted by: jimr | April 10, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Well fair is fair. I'm glad we have Tiger Woods instead of a tired lame-brain like John McCain. Competence or talent are liabilities in the GOP.

Posted by: Yogi Barrister | April 11, 2008 12:50 AM | Report abuse

It always amazes me how people see things differently. The ignorant comment was an attempt at a racial slam. However, with most ignorant people, it backfired. They can have their Tiger Woods and we'll keep our John McCain...besides the sheer stupidity of the remark, you can't see how that was an attempt at a jab for Obama? Hmm..maybe it was that part about...now's that's real Audacity of Hope (as little as it's known, that's Obama's book title) Shhhh.
Oh yeah, voted against MLK cause he didn't know who he was. But he's reformed now.....right!

Posted by: Law35 | April 11, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse

The idea that this was an innocent remark is ridiculous. Why choose Tiger Woods? He has nothing to do with the election. I've never even heard what his political affiliation is or whether he is supporting a particular candidate. No, this was about saying, "They can have their brown person. I'll stick with this old white guy." Very tacky.

Posted by: THS | April 11, 2008 2:53 AM | Report abuse

This country is about to face some troubling times. These people promote bad ideas into the minds of our children. Tiger Woods is a dynamic golf player. Our children look up to athletes like this. I don't think his comments were racial just stupid.

Posted by: Renee | April 11, 2008 3:04 AM | Report abuse

Can we please stop jumping like jealous school girls out to tear some one down? That remark has NOTHING to o with race ! It is about heroes. For heaven sake can we stop setting lousy examples for our children as we permit the wrong kids to get away with attacking and killing. That is what I would like to see mouthed off about!!!!!

Posted by: peep1935 | April 11, 2008 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Could someone please explain why that was considered a racist comment? Can't anyone say anything anymore without somone taking offense and demanding an opology. Come on, folks, cut the paranoia. We have more serious issues to think about.

Posted by: Carlos Navarro | April 11, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Not racist at all. Just a jab at our culture which idolizes sports figures and Tiger just happens to be of mixed race. Obama is the one who has brought racial divisiveness into the campaign when he whined about his "typical" white grandmother.

Posted by: Alice | April 11, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Why would someone consider Tiger a Democratic hero, and place him in opposition to GOP's McLame? Well, perp1935, it is because of RACE. Especiallt the old hobgoblin of miscegenation.

Typical GOP racist garbage. The party of the southern strategy you know...

Posted by: Anonymous | April 11, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Here we go again. The pot calling the kettle black. Oops is that allowed. Why are we jumping on what the candidates say instead of what they are not saying. Obama keeps saying change. What will he change? More importantly how does he think he can? Clinton says trust me, I can do it. You got to be kidding. Do what? Bankrupt the country some more. Why do they keep mentioning President Bush? Is he running again. Last I heard he can't.

Posted by: LTCSTAN | April 11, 2008 9:06 AM | Report abuse

I guess a man who surrounds himself with idiots must be one too. That's what this country needs is another idiot in the whitehouse.

Posted by: atrueamerican | April 11, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

i like the comment, because Tiger is a winner. So is Obama.

Posted by: robert hopson | April 11, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

To all who don't think this comment was not racist must be blind!!! I became racist when he refered to Obama's BOOK THE AUDACITY OF HOPE!!! Pleazzzzzze!!!!!!!!! Why did it Take McCain 20 years to approve MLK Day and almost 30 to ask for giveness. He could have done this years ago!!! As a POW he must have had a brain transplant. He has revenge in his heart!!! So now he will take is out on Iran as soon as he gets in office. That means WW-3. The U.S.S.R and China will defend Iran!!!

Posted by: Kfitz | April 11, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

anyone who says anything about obama other than that he is jesus christ returned is a racist!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 11, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

That was a terrible comment. It makes it sound like Obama has accomplished something in his life.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 11, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Who is the most popular and celebrated sports hero in this country? Tiger Woods. What week is it? Masters Week. Who will be the most mentioned and watched person in this whole country (including the president & wannabees) this week? Tiger Woods. Maybe that's why the congressman used his name. You know, Tiger is popular; he is playing in the most watched golf tournament in the world this weekend. He is the favorite.

Maybe the Congressman loves Tiger Woods and everything about him. Yet suppose he mentioned a white athlete: would some race conscious Obama supporter ask, "Why didn't he mention Tiger? He's more popular and heroic than the white guy. What a racist." Look, maybe the man needs a lesson in pr, giving speeches, whatever; maybe he is just an idiot. That doesn't mean he is a racist.

Oh, and to those who assert that Senator McCain and the GOP are racists while they simultaneously (and quite cleverly) change Senator McCain's name as a means to question his sanity or his age: a thin skinned and hyprcritical person (or should I say a person, well, like YOU who do engage in gradeschool namecalling) might say that, "McInsane, etal. is a cheap shot against real people that have real mental problems or old folks who are going through some difficult times. You show contempt for the mentally ill and the old when you use these words to punch up your prose. Why, you're no better than a racist. To make fun of these folks--many of whom cannot defend themselves--is just evil."

Pots calling kettels, come in kettels. Pots calling kettels, come in kettels.

Posted by: malwords | April 11, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Maybe the speaker is a Phil Mickelson fan or had a bit too much to drink. The Democrats natuarally jumped on this comment but it is as innocuous as it is incomprehensable.

Still any aspiring politician should have enough common sense to avoid any commments that even remotely involve race. As for him, who needs Tiger Woods when you have John Daly. The speaker is not ready for prime time.

I guess he tried to compare Obama to Tiger Woods because they both have large followings or groupies because of their personalities. In comparison, I guess he wanted to make McCain seem like a workhorse in comparison to a showhorse.

But the analogy does not work because Woods has won everything under the sun in golf while Obama has few accomplishments to point to other than getting elected to office.

Off the cuff remarks like this are a politicians worst enemy. The speaker kind of hit his tee shot into the water here.

Posted by: Daniel Hancock | April 11, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

"You can get your Tiger Woods simply means" --"you black people" and those "black peddlers" can create a Tiger Wood out of Obama (who is also black) but we white people have our John McCain-- a divisive, recist knuckle head running for US Congress.

Posted by: A. Dewan | April 11, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

I read through these posts and found a lot of hate. It makes me shudder to think what the Karl Rove-ites will come up with if Barack wins (as he should) the nomination. The pointy headed costumes will be coming out of the closet then.

Posted by: Zelda Thurston | April 11, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Race war! Race war! Kill whitey!

Posted by: Zelda Thurston | April 11, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Zelda: I, and others here, do not want to call a man whom I have never met and know nothing about (except this poor intro) a racist. To you, that is what defines hate.

You, alternatively, would imply that many folks whom you have never met are, at least figuratively, members of the KLAN. But that is not hate.

Hmmm?

Posted by: malwords | April 11, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

It is about heros for Gods sake.
I think that the nay-sayers get up each morning waiting to be offended.
To me both are heros

Posted by: D. Bradford | April 11, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

The DCCC misquotes Bellavia, I suppose willfully and for political advantage. He did not say "Democrats can have their Tiger Woods." He says, "You can have your Tiger Woods." He was referring, in fact, to the man in the front row in front of him who was wearing a Tiger Woods hat.

No doubt it would have been more convenient for the Democrats if Mr. Bellavia had said what you evidently wish him to have said, but the inconvenient fact is he didn't say it.

Just play the video.

The DCCC press release above is a remarkable twisting of fact. But that's showbiz, right?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 11, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Ignore the facts, it is time for a race war!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 11, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

The guy is an idiot and he was looking for something to say and got lost. Will someone tutor this guy so he only screws up slightly in the future? I hope so. Anyway, he was trying to take a shot at Obama and he missed. That much is clear. Sometimes you just have to give idiots the benefit of the doubt especially in NY and I am an African-American from New York. Lets just stay on the issues that affect all of us Americans, the economy, the war and health care for starters.

Posted by: Brian | April 11, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I am certain the remark was meant to be racist - otherwise he would have referred to Bret Favre, or some white sports hero.

On the other hand, from an Obama perspective, he was correct. If you are going to compare Obama to a sports figure, Tiger is the one to use. Tiger is the BEST at what he does, much like Obama is the best candidate!

Tiger is part African in descent (please do not bore me with comments about race here - I only recognize one race on this planet, and that is the human race. Don't get me started on how inhuman it is to think otherwise.), and part Dutch, part Thai, part AmerInd, and wholly human! He operates in the spotlight, and reflects on his race well. From time to time he shows just how human he is when he becomes frustrated by a bad shot, just as Barack Obama might become frustrated when something goes wrong in his campaign - a support says something he disagees with, someone culls videos of his pastor's sermons and cuts from context a few words that are intemporate, etc. All in all, though, both Tiger Woods and Barack Obama show how real people can live in the real world and make a real difference.

This campaign needs to be about that... It is a chance of our country to regain some of its greatness!

Posted by: Craig Crosby | April 11, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

This is so far from aracist comment. It was meant to show that his kids will look up to people who do good in this country, not atheletes that make millions playing a sport. Tiger Woods is one of the biggest atheletes and was probally the first name to come to his head. The race card is played way too much. I do believe there are race issues, but stop using it every time someone speaks.

Posted by: Jaime | April 11, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

tiger - world class university...top of field for years...no crimnal blotter...not even inkling of scandal...trail blazer in field that didn't always welcome him...international life...wife and transcending personality...not bad role model if you ask me...at least as equal as McCain...flip it it a hellva compliment...regardless of questionable motive for saying it...

Posted by: ow | April 11, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

McCain should be crying -- Bellavia was giving a concession speech. Check Tiger's record -- not chance that John will win.

Posted by: Dale Stansbury | April 11, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

The man standing in front of Bellavia WAS WEARING A TIGER WOODS CAP.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 11, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Another Liberal MSM spin on a non-issue, if you take the time to listen to the whole thing. MSNBC was trying to make something racial out of a last sentence remark that Pres Clinton made. Which it was not, just a MSM Liberal trying to make Pres Clinton look bad in support of Sen Obama. I can see this really backfiring in the General against Sen Obama, an it will not be his fault.

Posted by: Ed | April 11, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse


WHAT A COMPLEMENT !!!!TO BE LIKENED TO THE STELLAR TIGER WOODS, ONE OF THE BEST IN HIS GAME. GET REAL AND STOP PROMOTING THE "DIVIDE" PLATFORM.

Posted by: BONNIE | April 11, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Ignore the facts, it is time for a race war!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 11, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Goes to show that the South, Midwest, Southwest, hell, even the Northwest, have no monopoly on racist knobheads. Living in NY all my life, it sounds all the more stupid coming from someone seeking office and supposedly educated enough to run and occupy office. And all these comments that say, no, there's no racism involved, and why don't we leave race out of it--- well, we can't leave race out of it, because it's always in there! Whenever accusations of racism have been made, whether egregious or not, it's because racism has shown itself. When you stick your heads in the sand, what's left above ground? Get real, see the true nature of this society and your contribution to it.

Posted by: HJ, NY | April 11, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

He He He! Tiger Woods? Doesn't that Republican dummy know that Tiger Woods is the MAN!

The Republicans can't even rally behind McCain without bashing Obama or Clinton. This weekend should prove interesting with Obama and Clinton both taking about faith on CNN. If Obama does well this weekend, he may cause some evangelicals to come to his side or not vote for both McCain or him in the general election.

Posted by: AJ | April 11, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I really don't know what the aspiring Rep.
candidate meant by his comparison. It could have been a mixture of a number of misconceptions. Perhaps he resents Tiger Woods position rankings in the golf world. Or, he could have been implying that Sen. Obama as the Dem. Pres. frontrunner, in his mind, a novel as is Mr. Woods,another accomplished black man in America. (By the way, why is Sen. Obama always referred to as Black, when he
is as much white as Black?) Nevertheless, the reference within the context in which it was tendered was not likely meant to be complimentary. What misadventures of this sort reveal, however, is that America is grappling with the concept of a person of color having the gaul to be as good if not better at pursuits that we whites believe to be reserved for us. God had no intention for merit to be based on skin pigmentation. We should expand our capacity to understand and accept this fact. Its embarassing to know that this level of ignorance still exists.

Posted by: ZacharyGrant | April 11, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

HERE IS MY QUESTION- WHY ARE YOUR CHILDREN LOOKING UP TO MCCAIN AS WHO THEY WANT TO BE LIKE AND NOT YOU? WHY DID IT TAKE YOU A GOOD LONG PAUSE BEFORE YOU COULDNT FINISH ABOUT WHO MCCAIN WAS IT WAS LIKE HE STOPED AND SAID AH FORGET IT OBAMA IS BLACK, THEY PLAY SPORTS...LOL WHAT WAS HIS WHOLE POINT? WHAT I STUPID *SS

Posted by: Anonymous | April 11, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Let us truly examine this situation;if we look at America and its history with an unbias eye. We have neve taken a look at the history of this country and here we are in the 21th century and American has still not addressed the issues of racism. It is alive and well here in the 21century and American do not want to face of to its. What are they afraid of? I say stop pointing fingers at others at start with your family,and this is how we can eradicate hate in this country. Stop letting these politricksters have power over us. let talk about the real issues that Americans are facing: jobs that pay livable wages, health care for all Americans, government making money off a private war at the expense of the people. Ask yourself how many people in our government children are fighting in this war for profit. Stop letting that box make your decision and start thinking for yourself. Start studying the history of the world and you"ll be suprised.

Posted by: Ashurn | April 11, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Yawn......I learned long ago to beware of anyone who says they are not prejudiced. It's going to be interesting seeing how people deal with the fact that most of the world is not purely white and not being white does not mean being inferior.

Posted by: tel | April 11, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

although the analogy is odd---you've got your Tiger Woods, I see the results being much the same after Obama gets the nomination and tees off on John McCain----Obama beats McCain by 6.

Posted by: majorteddy | April 11, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Matt====you are delusional if you think this comment wasn't about race. This guy is a punk. He acts like some little spoiled brat country club rich kid fraternity brother running his mouth.This was flat out a reference to the fact that Obama is of mixed race and so is Tiger Woods.This shows a distinct lack of maturity and respect for all the people of the United States.

Posted by: oldman&theC | April 11, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Other than the fact that Staff Sergeant Bellavia wrote in his book that one of his co-infantrymen (who is black by the way) became his personal hero the day he saw him injured in Operation Phantom Fury....all you "free thinking" liberals can spew as much hate as you want, it only reflects on your twisted world view.

Posted by: RealityCheck | April 11, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Bellavia is a decorated combat vet -- and I'm sorry to disappoint those who think the Army is still like it was 40 years ago, but it just happens to be the most integrated, colorblind institution in America. This is just another example of how the professionally pissed-off will hear what they expect to hear and will not let the facts interfere with a chance to complain publicly.

Posted by: publius | April 11, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

. (By the way, why is Sen. Obama always referred to as Black, when he
is as much white as Black?) ***********

"Make History elect the first African-American president".......Obama's campaign motto.....keep racism out of the election?...tell obama to run on his electability not what race he is! 50%White, 43.75%Arab, 6.25%BLACK..(93.75% non=black)...why does he & his supporters always refer to him as "black".......GOOD QUESTION!...Kenya documents Jr & Sr as Arab-Africans NOT Negroid-African... maybe obama can come up with another slick answer to this as he does with every question asked of him........Tiger Woods is against women playing in the same games as he is (remember that).......WHO'S RACIST??????? Why are others' comments considered racist & not them?????

Posted by: CarolTate2 | April 11, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

We need "State of Racism in USA" speeches from Clinton and Mccain so that we can critique their views on racial issues in the USA. Perhaps if they gave speeches on these issues, their supporters would be more sensitive and sensible when it comes to race relations.Posted by: cn | April 10, 2008 9:00 PM *************** WHY is it that ONLY the Other Candidates' supporters are racist???????? obama's supporters are just as racist as anyone else, if not more so!............obama cannot be elected on his eligibility or experience.....have you seen his Ill. State Senator voting record?...uh I pushed the wrong button, uh I meant to vote the other way..claiming credit for what others had done...etc, etc, etc........Please become more knowledgable before you condemn others.. Blessings & I hope you all have a great day!

Posted by: CarolTate2 | April 11, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

anyone who says anything about obama other than that he is jesus christ returned is a racist!Posted by: | April 11, 2008 10:00 AM ******************************* NOW THIS IS A TRUE IDIOTIC STATEMENT..& has nothing to do with the article !!!!! Jesus was pure Adamic lineage....Adamic meaning ruddy complexion, being able to see the blood in the face (like blushing)
Jesus stated "if you have seen the son, you have seen the father".... God/Jesus are pure blooded white......Blessings!

Posted by: CarolTate2 | April 11, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness Obama's camp didnt comment. Ugh soooooo sick of this nit-picking overly PC paranoid DEVISIVE garbage. It used to be only republicans hammered the wedge issues like guns, gays, gender and race. Now they get to watch Dems do it to themselves. Surrogates are not robots in lock-step with the candidates. PERIOD. That goes for Hillary OR Obama surrogates. They are all free to say whatever dumb things they want and NONE of it has to do with either Hillary or Obama or dare i say it...McSame. If all these surrogates were capable of always avoiding the prevelant piles of cr*ap to step in they might be running for president themselves. Pretty soon we wont be able to find one competant, utltra sneaky clean, religious yet not too much, populist yet issue strong, fiscally conservative, socially liberal, lapel pin wearing stuffed suit, to run for office at all. I cant wait. Enuff. ALL OF YOU STOP YOUR MUD SLINGING CRY BABY JUDGEMENTS. Try looking at POLICY for a a change...you know...the real reasons we should pick a candidate.

Posted by: feasotafamine | April 11, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Now, this person indicates that Tiger is a hero for Blacks and McCain, a white man, is our hero......What does that have to do with anything? Oh, McCain also has a pastor that says outlandish things but no one will put this on TV, especially not Sean Hannity! Take a look: McCains' Rev. Rod Parsley. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnKBTJvm4Rc

Posted by: coachslife | April 11, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

CarolTate2, could you possibly be more crass, racist, or ignorant? You need to put down The Turner Diaries and read a real history book.

Posted by: Bongo Shaftsbury | April 11, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

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The 44th President of the United States

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

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Posted by: . | April 12, 2008 1:55 AM | Report abuse

Please, permit me to express this viewpiont now before it is too late.The white man always forments evil no matter the cost once the issue of race is concerned.Because George Bush has messed up with America's foriegn policy and her economy,they saw the blackman as the would-be blame-bear of all the atrocities the Bush administration has committed during his eight years in office.The frontline pews of blackman's image at all the campains of McCain and Hillary unlike before, can attest to this hyprocrisy

Posted by: Innocent | April 12, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

This is the umpteenth example of McCain sitting through racist remarks and then hugging the speaker.

The answer is simple: McCain doesn't listen to the other speeches made at his events.

Posted by: robert chapman | April 14, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

I agree with the last comment. Knowing the speaker to be what he is, McCain was probably more busy rehearsing his own speech, rather than listen to him. Old age is always accompanied by diminishing memory, and one has to use even last minute opportunities to go over the points in one's mind.

Posted by: Lesser God | April 14, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

He was probably trying to be funny but it was a very stupid statement.

Posted by: Karol | April 14, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

I will just add that to the list of the "TOP 10 Reasons Why Politicians Should Not Speak for Themselves" or "Speak at ALL". Mr. Bellavia's choice to use another person with a mixed race background, shows that he was going out of his way to point out "race".

Posted by: Mrs. Green | April 14, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

all I can say is; if we wanted to kill whitey there was a time we could have done it.....so go somewhere witht that rhetoric......the sensitive people in all races need to tone it down.......the speaker could have used another analogy but he didn't.......I would consider this mispeaking.....but next time the guy can use a white person in the analogy....and then there is no problem......it does seem awfully coincidental.....no harm no foul.....tiger is a winning.....McCain is a raisin.....post traumatic stress syndrome......I'm sure alzheimers will be his vice president

Posted by: ignorant people | April 14, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

We must ignore the fact that Barack Hussein Obama went to a racist church. We must ignore the fact that Barack Hussein Obama went to a racist church. We must ignore the fact that Barack Hussein Obama went to a racist church.

Posted by: repeat after me | April 14, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

DUMPSTER DIVING

Much can be learned about a candidate by noting which special-interest groups support that candidate. The question is why does this or that particular special interest group support that particular candidate? If members of that group feel bonded to that candidate, they are mirroring the candidate's image whether or not the candidate asked for their support.

Those who will not vote for any one who opposes their bias are governed by the mind set that is the hallmark of the neoconservative foreign policy - my enemy's friend is my enemy; my enemy's enemy is my friend. They think in terms of black and white (no pun intended). You are either with me or you are against me; you are good or you are evil. Bush suffers from the same problem - stay the course regardless of the consequential damages.

For years the Republicans have made a point of playing to those special interest groups which can be counted on to vote as a bloc even though the goals of such a group might be inimical to the interests of Republican candidates and the country. If racists gather around Republican candidates, it is because they view the Republicans as their friend. That which goes around comes around.


Posted by: Outrider | April 14, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

A left wing Democratic radical calling someone else a racist?? The biggest racist in the country right now is the college freshman, Barack Hussein Obama.

Someone tell me what it was that is so bad that McCain said?

Posted by: dale32 | April 14, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

This was a racist comment but the scary thing is that this idiot didn't know it. HE'S A REPUBLICAN for pete's sake. What you see is what you get with Republican's and that's all there is to it. In being fair I know heaps of cool Republicans who are decent people and honorable human beings, race and politics should have nothing to do with each other. But they do unfortunately and that's life. Obama vs McCain would be an awesome campaign. Now for that Hillary R. Clinton she is a manipulative, lying, two faced hypocritical misanthrope. She couldn't spell integrity, honour, or ethics. If she is elected President Amercia will confrim it is on a declien it will never recover from.

Posted by: JohnDownUnder | April 15, 2008 3:59 AM | Report abuse

We should have known, If they came for Hillary in the morning, they would be for Obama in the afternoon. This is America!

Posted by: Grey Fox | April 15, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

If people in this country can't stand up and give a speech, or make a statement without alluding to race: then yes, they are freakin RACIST!! Let's call a spade a spade.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 15, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

I have often wondered why the Democratic leadership thinks thier followers are so stupid. After reading the comments for a couple of weeks, I now understand. YOU ARE!!

Posted by: Skeeter | April 15, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

You know whos is even more PISSED off about this? Tiger Woods. All those who seek to call him black will incur his wrath!!

Pleaseeeee! call Tiger anything but black..you hurt his feelings.

Posted by: jcanstar | April 15, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Yeah exactly, it better to not even respond to such sad and petty remarks.

It's sure to be an exciting election period once Hillary is out! Then the next wave of nuts will get there chance to come out of hiding!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 15, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

call a spade a spade? you dirty filthy kkk sympathizing baboon

Posted by: Anonymous | April 15, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

"you can have your Tiger Woods" was so not in reference to looking up to T.W. but saying you can have the biracial man but I prefer an old inept white man as a role model for my children. As for him referring to a man in the front row wearing a Tiger Woods cap LOL!! He was reading from his speech which was on the podium!! Watch the tape--he was clearly reading when he made the comment.This was not an "off the cuff" remark.

Posted by: Katerina Deligiannis | April 15, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR OPPOSING (FREEZING) the Fee Trade Agreement FTA.
FROM LEFT DEMOCRAT UNIONS IN COLOMBIA
As all democrat USA workers and you have rightly sensed Ms. Pelosi, the infamous Colombian "Free Trade Agreement" could be the only impediment to avoid our ideal and idyllic and central proletarian-workers controlled future in our country. The actual very real reason why we the Colombian and American Chavistic democrat unions oppose the FTA is not "the killings of 2.700 unionists in 20 years in Colombia" as this FTA what really affects is not the lowest and unfortunately decreasing number ever organized unions of ours, but 44 million living Colombian citizens.
As Ms Pelosi and democrat unions in America do, THE TRUTH instead is that in all honesty, we really deeply hate all three words: WE HATE FREE as it means that our next future democrat socialistic leader, alter ego of our future Gran Colombian unions unifier President Hugo Chavez will not be able to nationalize, control and direct the economy in favor of our people and against the "free" capitalistic entrepreneurs that pretend to "freely" exploit and "trade" our labor to export "agreed" goods to the Yankees. WE HATE TRADE as it corrupts the mind of our people into capitalistic consumist behaviors of American goods, and WE HATE AGREEMENT because it is the betrayal to all our goals, on behalf of our actual unconditional 110% pro American ally (puppet-server) president Uribe in "agreement" with your evil-republican president Bush.
Therefore, ANY REAL OR MADE UP EXCUSE you Ms Pelosi and USA democrat workers use to please oppose the FTA with Colombia is valid and supports greatly our ideals. Within our context, a leftist revolutionary war now 50 years old, per each 100.000 inhabitants in Colombia only 4 union workers are killed whereas 33 common civilians and 86 policemen die out of our internal revolutionary war. So, although the "2.700 unionists killed in 20 years" have never ever in the history of Colombia been so LOW like now, from 213 in 2001 before Uribe to 26 during this 100% PRO BUSH YANKEE REPUBLICAN URIBE government, and URIBE HIM SELF has made all our own victorious revolutionary terrorism-born paramilitary to demobilize, unarm and in jail, including 30 and more congressmen for the very first time in our 50 revolutionary years, this small fact can easily be media-ticaly ignored, in exactly the way American democrat workers and you Ms Pelosi are doing.
Fortunately, our Army of the People, the glorious FARC has killed and kidnapped (2.000 per year including 3 "free trader"-supporter Americans now for 6 years) and so many more hundred of thousands of civilians and "free trade" entrepreneurs and capitalistic exporters and democratic politicians. In the name of our glorious revolution we proudly count 649 kids and 6.043 adults amputated and killed just by our land mines, so that just this is well over so many more than any "killed of our union workers" in our leftist revolutionary history. So far this proportion is really very satisfactory to us. Any how, for sure our and your strength Ms Pelosi is that one union worker killing is so much more valid and noisy that 44 million "free traders" or hundreds of civilians kidnapped some now for more than ten years, you just can easily inveRt this minor truth for the purpose of disproving that evil republican unfair and forced FTA.
Actually for us workers in Colombia, like in VENEZUELA, our real goal is to diminish and eliminate all private entrepreneurial capitalistic exploitation of man by man. Its our socialistic revolutionary fight against those who "free"ly export and "trade" our labor and raw materials. Our goal is to concentrate all the economy in the hands of a good centralized social liberal democrat workers-only government parallel to that of Hugo Chavez the great democrat-workers-unions-unifier of the world. The revolution source in Venezuela is the oil that the American people suck and pays for, and in Colombia it will be the cocaine that our revolutionary Army of the People FARC protects, control and export and trade for huge revenues to arm and feed our people against any "free" what ever "trade" exporters. Yes Senator Pelosi you are SO right, we do not need any help or "trade" exports nor any "free" industry-entrepreneurs to export any other goods to any other country or market, less so we need yours, and we thank democrat party for opposing them by opposing this FTA.
Peoples approval of our actual capitalistic "democratic" president Uribe by 83% of our 83% politically wrong people is also a factual proof of the above, but don't worry. This never before seen 83% approval after 6 years in power, does not relate to us, the actual REAL FREEDOM fighters killers and kidnapers revolutionaries proud to be and do, democrat unions that oppose Bush consumistic, capitalistic and "free trade" entrepreneurial non governmental controlled FTA.
Opening you markets to our exporters exploitative "free trade" entrepreneurs can be the very worst thing you can do for our democrat ideals CHAVISTIC Unified Latin democrat Unions for centralized economy and social socialistic revolutionary justice. Please do NOT allow that evil president of yours to approve the FTA with our country and against our people and our real goals and ideals. We deeply thank you Ms Pelosi and American democrat worker-union-voters in advance for all your efforts in this regard. The less FTA you give Colombia, the bigger our revolutionary Army of the People FARC will do in agreement with our glorious Gran Colombian democrat workers-union unifier: HUGO CHAVEZ FRIAS.
PS. Admired and respected Ms. Pelosi, we also know you will please certainly succeed in eliminating all the moneys given to the "Plan Colombia" that is so badly hurting our revolutionary forces, and will please abandon as well Irak (come on, WWI and WWII "freedom American heroes" ended also cowardly during and after our glorious revolutionary victory and your humiliated defeat in Vietnam). Your continued support to our socialistic workers unions armed nationalistic anti-global revolution and independence is more than greatly appreciated by our undisputed leader of Latin America HUGO CHAVEZ, in the name of all XXI century socialistic revolution in the world.
THANK YOU ALL DEMOCRAT AMERICA!!!!
COLOMBIAN FREEDOM FIGHTERS

Posted by: Neo Retroprotectionism | April 16, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Are Jews the reincarnation of modern day KKK?

The powerful rightwing Jewish Lobby including [AIPAC] American Israel Public Affairs Committee is vexed, frustrated and displeased with Barack Obama's refusal to accept special interest money. The concern is that the Senator's policy prevents them from exerting influence or extracting favor from his administration should he become the next President. Senator Obama has offered his assurance to Jews that he is not a foe- yet this does not seem to allay their resistance to his candidacy.

Hillary Clinton's campaign saw an opening to exploit the Jewish community's apprehension and began stoking the anti-Obama fire behind the scenes. In collaboration with the Clintons, they [the Jewish Lobby] dispatched a number of "candidacy assassinators" including former Clinton special counsel, Lanny Davis, Florida congress woman, Debbie Wasserman-Shultz, California congress man, Brad Sherman, CNN news anchor, Wolfe Blitzer, Senator Joseph Lieberman and others to torpedo Obama's nomination bid. The above mentioned Jews continue to fan the flame of hateful passions against the Illinois Senator using demagoguery and pushing the Reverend Wright issue so that it remains in the foreground. The strategy is to convince the voters and the Democratic Super Delegates that Obama would be unelectable in November due to his optics and simultaneously promote Hillary as the only friend of Israel. It is also reported that Democratic Jews are being counseled to vote for John McCain- should Senator Clinton not get the nomination.

Take a look at the YouTube video where Rachel Maddow from Air America recently discussed the topic on her show. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdYzGzvXO0U

Civil Rights and black organizations have dubbed the Jewish Lobby's anti Obama campaign, "mean spirited" but so far have opted to remain tentative. Elected Democrats have also taken note and are increasingly becoming frustrated with Senator Clinton's controversial tactics. They are appalled with her alliance to hawkish groups including John McCain to annihilate a democratic colleague and worry that it provides damaging ammunition to the republicans that could derail Obama's candidacy should he become the nominee. Some Democrats are even calling the conduct treacherous and privately accuse her of deliberately trying to sabotage the Democratic Party because of the unlikely odds of her fairly winning the nomination. The question is- who is willing to bell the Cat? Thus far, a healthy concern for political reprisal has prevented any of the party leaders from offering any public criticism. The Jewish Lobby for decades has effectively manipulated the holocaust to keep politicians beholden to their agenda. Those who oppose are usually labeled anti-Israel or Bigots in order to gain their compliance. In this instance, however, they run the risk of having the tables turned against them if blacks are able to expose hypocrisy in what many view to be a Jewish lynching of Senator Obama.


Posted by: mia | April 16, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

This is a typical blog from left wing liberals at the Washington Post. I was present at the rally and heard the comment in question. For those who feel the statement was racist are the same people who group Republicans as racists. Tiger Woods is my generations superstar, whether black, white, asian, etc.. Tiger is the most popular athlete on the planet. Race was irrelevant in the context of the comment by David Bellavia. David Bellavia said that his role model is John McCain who has served his country, been a POW and been a unifier in the political arena. It wasn't a racist comment against Tiger Woods, but rather recognizing Tiger as one of the most popular people on the planet.

Posted by: Derek | April 17, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Come on people...how could this be a racist remark about Tiger Woods when we don't even know what race Tiger Woods is. He isn't Black, according to him. And it wouldn't matter to him if there was a racist remark agaist Black people since he isn't on of them. Yes, alot of us Black folks were proud to see him winning all those golf tourneys but he seemed to be insulted to be identified with us.

Posted by: Concerned7 | April 18, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

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