#rsrh QotD, Not Quite Far Enough edition.

Jason Riley of The Wall Street Journal, on why the NAACP is so concerned with the Tea Party (a group which is even now working  to elect African-Americans to Congress – and in heavily-white districts, too*):

It’s hard to understand how an organization that says it’s devoted to “end[ing] racial disparities” finds the time to rail against tea-party populism until you grasp that the NAACP is, first and foremost, a Democratic Party organ. The NAACP is pretending that the tea party threatens the interests of blacks because the tea party in fact threatens the interests of the Democratic left. The civil rights leadership wants to discredit the movement for political reasons. And unfortunately, this partisan agenda takes priority over the many issues of consequence that confront blacks today.

[It was suggested, pre-publication, that the paragraph that was here before was just the slightest bit inflammatory – and to a point where the sheer force from the screams of outrage would probably perturb Earth’s orbit.  I’ll thus just all of you work out for yourselves my opinion of the current motivations of the National Association for the Advancement of the Democratic Party.  Hmm.  “NAADP.”  Kind of catchy.]

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Tell me again of this administration’s awesome message discipline.

Joe Biden opens his mouth:

“I don’t believe, the president doesn’t believe that the Tea Party is — is a racist organization.  I don’t believe that,” Biden said.  “Very conservative.  Very different views on government and a whole lot of things.  But it is not a racist organization.”

(Via Outside the Beltway; H/t: Instapundit)  If this seems surprising, it shouldn’t be.  The NAACP has a goal; minimizing the Democratic Party’s losses in 201[0*] (via the use of a smear campaign).  Vice President Biden also has a goal; re-electing the President (and, incidentally, himself) in 2012.  The two goals are incompatible.  A Democratic majority in Congress means that the President will either have to assert control over determining the nature of the bills that get submitted for his signature, or else have to sign more popularity-killing monstrosities like the stimulus or Obamacare.  The first is beyond both the President’s official powers and personal skill set, and the second will get him defeated handily in two years. Continue reading Tell me again of this administration’s awesome message discipline.

#rsrh “Tea party to NAACP: ‘Grow up'”

(H/T Instapundit)  I’m quoting the Politico title because, honestly, it’s absolutely accurate.

[Tea Party Express spokesman Levi] Russell contended the NAACP is guilty of overstepping its bounds and of acting juvenile.

“As the tea party movement has gained political momentum, groups or individuals still playing the race card look like a foolish embarrassment to their own party,” he said. “It’s time for the NAACP to grow up and stop hiding behind hypocritical race-baiting politics.”

It occurs to me that it has been a long time since any sort of national group has been willing to so bluntly call Democratic hyper-partisan groups like the NAACP on their nonsense.  Or to even so publicly state what everybody knows, but few want to say: the NAACP is a Democratic hyper-partisan group.  Apparently, enough people in the Tea Party movement have internalized the lesson that since the Left is already calling them every name in the book, there’s no downside to plain talking.

How… refreshing.

Moe Lane