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Racism Watch: MSNBC’s Richard Wolffe Calls McCain a Bigot

Via Newsbusters, Wolffe and Chirs Matthews discuss why tough questions for Susan Rice means you’re a racist:

[On who will be Secretary of State.]

RICHARD WOLFFE: I think it’s Susan Rice. There is the question about John Kerry. But I think now that John McCain has sunk his teeth in, he’s made it about presidential authority, and, frankly, it’s outrageous that there is this witch hunt going on the right about these people of color, let’s face it, around this president. Eric Holder, Valerie Jarrett, now Susan Rice. Before it was Van Jones. This is not about who is hawkish in the same way John McCain is about foreign policy because if you look at Iran and Libya, Susan Rice checks those boxes. This is a personal vendetta. It’s about presidential authority.

MATTHEWS: So, you think McCain is being– McCain and people like Lindsey Graham, McCain, who had his own daughter attacked, was accused of having an illegitimate child when, in fact, he adopted a young girl from South Asia. You’re saying that McCain’s being driven by racial prejudice here?

WOLFFE: There is no other way to look at this because look at her foreign policy and by the way, Look at what John McCain said about Condi Rice’s nomination. We’re running this story on the front page of the MSNBC website right now. Back then– four years– eight years ago, John McCain said the people — the Democrats who were questioning Condi Rice’s credentials they were engaged with bitter innocence, they needed to move on. Why has he changed his tune? What is it about Susan Rice? And the answer is there aren’t any good foreign policy explanations for it.

I don’t see Wolffe and Matthews calling Dana Milbank (“Obama can do better at State than Susan Rice“) or Maureen Dowd (And it’s true. Condi Rice sold her soul. Susan Rice merely rented hers on the talk shows one Sunday in September) racists for their opposition to Susan Rice (to say nothing of Condi)?

Of course they won’t — which is why these constant race-card attacks have lost their sting.

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