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  •  They didn't want to be booed (9+ / 0-)

    when they spouted the inevitable bullshit about how MLK was a conservative, and an icon of Movement Conservative values.

    What do conservatives say about MLK? The civil right's era in general?

    That they were 100% solid. Loved it.

    In fact, MLK was a conservative hero. A Rightwing saint.

    If they could, they would put a statue of MLK and Ronald Reagan, standing hand in hand.

    Even the most honorable, put together crowd has it's limits before they boo. And that ends up on the news. More headaches.

    There is no way somebody like Eric Cantor doesn't go right up to the mic, open his mouth, and step hip deep into that epic fail pile of political shit.

    They can be themselves, and generate headlines they don't want, or they can duck the event and claim that the liberals made them feel like they weren't welcomed.

    The chose to duck the event.

    I'm sure playing the victim is next.

    I am a Loco-Foco. I am from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party.

    by LeftHandedMan on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 02:42:15 PM PDT

    •  The problem for the GOP (9+ / 0-)

      is that civil rights era icons, and modern day civil rights activists, and the crowds at the event, won't play ball and pretend that everybody always loved MLK and nobody was ever against the civil rights movement but nefarious and vaguely described bigots that nobody really liked or supported.

      We are talking about men and women who can go from crafting voter suppression laws designed to deny black people their right to vote, when they aren't celebrating the gutting of the civil rights act, straight to claiming MLK as their own and undying support for the civil rights movement.

      "Thank God there is no more racism, as my kid's school is named after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and, as we all know, if there was still any racism left, that wouldn't be so. Black President. School named for MLK. Racism is dead. We fixed it. All of us."

      I wouldn't want to be a wingnut waiting for that "applause line" to sink in either.

      I am a Loco-Foco. I am from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party.

      by LeftHandedMan on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 02:47:30 PM PDT

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      •  Maybe we should be grateful (6+ / 0-)

        that they didn't send Allen West there to get up next to some of the greatest surviving members of the civil rights march era and say that people of color are the real racists.

        That's the sort of thing I expect from the GOP these days.

        I am a Loco-Foco. I am from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party.

        by LeftHandedMan on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 02:50:16 PM PDT

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