…or just more pandering? You decide.
Jay Rockefeller plays the race card. Blame racist white people, voters.
“It’s an American characteristic that you don’t do anything which displeases the voters, because you always have to get reelected here,” he added. “I understand part of it. It has to do with — for some, it’s just we don’t want anything good to happen under this president, because he’s the wrong color.”
The five-term senator said ideological barriers and lawmakers’ own narrow self-interests were preventing them making tough political decisions.
“For some it’s the tea party. For some it’s just a fear of their own reelection prospects,” said Rockefeller.
He acknowledged his own relative freedom to speak his mind now, saying he has “the ease of the fact that I’m not running again.” – Politico
Mind you he is doing it on the way out the Senate door as he retires. So what’s that tell us? He’s being called courageous. But look at his statement. He said you don’t do something that disagrees with voters. (read pander) But now he can say it leaving.
Blame those nasty voters.
So he’s telling us he can be honest leaving the way he couldn’t as Senator? Yes, that is the message. Believe him now because he couldn’t tell the truth before because of reelection. But take it seriously, as the left stream media does.
Funny he does not mention the race-baiters in Congress playing politics and the race card to get and stay elected.
Another statement comes from that dysfunctional Charlie Crist of Florida. He makes no bones about playing the race card. But he’s allowed to because he’s now a Democrat.
In an interview with Fusion:
Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (D) said Tuesday that a “big reason” why he left the Republican Party was because many in the GOP were hostile to President Obama due to his race.
Crist, who is running for his old office against Gov. Rick Scott (R), said in an interview with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos that he felt uncomfortable with his previous party affiliation. Republicans are perceived as “anti-women, anti-immigrant, anti-minority, [and] anti-gay,” he said, and they refuse to compromise with Obama. The ex-governor said he feels, “liberated as a Democrat.”
“I couldn’t be consistent with myself and my core beliefs, and stay with a party that was so unfriendly toward the African-American president, I’ll just go there,” he said. “I was a Republican and I saw the activists and what they were doing, it was intolerable to me.”
Crist left the GOP to run as an independent during his failed 2010 Senate bid, when he lost in a GOP primary to Marco Rubio. He officially joined the Democratic Party soon after the 2012 elections, and before that, he supported Obama’s reelection bid.
“I am liberated as a Democrat, my true soul is able to be seen, and I couldn’t be happier about it,” Crist said.
He holds a double-digit lead in at least one poll over Scott, who suffers from poor approval ratings.
Ramos challenged Crist on his motivation for leaving the party, questioning whether his loss to Rubio played a bigger role. Crist responded it was because Republicans had become too radical.
“No, I left the Republican Party because the leadership went off the cliff,” Crist said.
Republicans pushed back against Crist’s claims of racially motivated hostility toward Obama.
“Being a flip-flopper is bad enough, but playing the race card to win over voters is pitiful,” Izzy Santa, a Republican National Committee spokeswoman, wrote in an email to Fusion. […/] – Fusion
The real question in both of these is does playing the race card work for a white elitist politician? They both seem to think it does.
On one hand is Rockefeller leaving and the other Crist is running for election. Both liberal Democrats. The motivations of each seems clear. Good to see Crist is now liberated.
But there is an admission: both are saying they haven’t been honest. Crist wants the job back so he can be honest, the way he wasn’t before.
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