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Charges of Racism, past and present.

If I asked you to name a politician who has been accused “Hitlerite racism,” who would you name?

David Duke, perhaps?

Nope. (Hat tip, Kevin Rennie)

Try “Jimmy Carter.”

“Carter incensed Jackson during his 1976 presidential campaign when the former Georgia governor declared “there’s nothing wrong with ethnic purity being maintained” in a neighborhood. It was as jarring a phrase then as it is now, but Carter was in search of votes among the white ethnic urban Democratic primary voters hostile to government housing programs that brought racial integration.

Pressed to explain, Carter’s venomous piety nearly ended his campaign. According to Time magazine, “Carter’s face reddened with anger, and he began to sweat. Instead of softening his language, he spoke of housing policies in terms of ‘black intrusion,’ of ‘alien groups’ and of ‘a diametrically opposite kind of family.'”

Now, to read these words, I can see how “David Duke” would be a reasonable guess, however.

So, Jimmy Carter, thirty years ago, was explicitly racist in his rhetoric,  sort of a mid-nineties Al Sharpton in white face —  openly talking in terms of “black interlopers” and maintaining the “ethnic purity” of neighborhoods.  Today, James has the gall to accuse simple opposition to the socializing of vast swaths of the US economy to be “racist.”

Were James Earl Carter even remotely correct in his assessment, I’d say that it was a case of the pot calling the kettle black.  Too bad Carter’s compass is so badly turned around that any opposition to Obama’s policy efforts is now racist.

UPDATE (Jim): Thought this might be an appropriate place to revisit the pompous ex-President’s classic remarks from last week.

Oh, and let’s not forget Michael Steele’s response on purely ideological grounds.

You tell me where the racism is

Wolf Blitzer interviews GOP Chairman Michael Steele on the Jimmy Carter comment “the protestors are racists” line. Steele is justifiably outraged. And when Wolf pushes back … he levels the charge that has needed to be leveled for decades.

As an added bonus, Steele takes on Dowd and Congressman Johnson seeing racism in Joe Wilson’s remark

Amen

The last refuge of liberal scoundrals

The Washington Post has an article this morning detailing how the White House intends to push back even harder against people who protest against the young President’s policies. “That is really the war.”

“There’s a broader argument that is the underlying argument to all of these attacks, which is a very fundamental struggle about trying to tear this president down and delegitimize his presidency,” said one senior administration official, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “That is really the war. And all of these are skirmishes — some of them flare up into battles — but the broader war is about the fate of this presidency and the other side’s attempts to delegitimize him and to make him into a failure.”

The latest attempt is to label anyone who protests the President must be racist. Jimmy Carter elevated to a new level … labeling most protesters racists.

But Charles Krauthammer has had enough.