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Paterson Plays Race Card

by on August 23, 2009

It is really sad in politics when either a politician or a pundit resorts to blaming racism for their troubles, be it losing an argument, or as in Governor David Paterson’s case, fighting hard to save his career.

Gov. Paterson blamed a racist media Friday for trying to push him out of next year’s election – launching into an angry rant that left even some black Democrats shaking their heads.

“The whole idea is to get me not to run in the primary,” Paterson complained on a morning radio show hosted by Daily News columnist Errol Louis.

He suggested that Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, the country’s only other African-American governor, also is under fire because of his race.

“We’re not in the post-racial period,” Paterson said.

It’s not Paterson’s (or even Deval Patrick’s) rock bottom poll numbers. It’s obviously a racial thing. It must be right? And just to be clear, Deval Patrick’s problems in Massachusetts have nothing to do with race, but everything to do with broken promises. Unlike Paterson, Patrick was elected in a landslide. But, Patrick failed to deliver the “hope” and “change” he promised. That is buyer’s remorse. Plain and simple.

As for Paterson, he clearly has a different situation. He wasn’t elected governor. Many feel that when he filled the vacancy left by Eliot Spitzer that he was in over his head. It seems obvious to most who are paying attention that Paterson hasn’t done a good job. I thought he showed promise in the beginning, but he just lacks the leadership, and has become a liability for New York Democrats statewide.

That is why he is being called on to abandon his campaign.

It is a sign of desperation to play the race card. It is easier to accuse your adversaries of being racists than to make the case for your own position or candidacy. Paterson also suggested that opposition to his ridiculous health care plan is racially motivated. Apparently Americans can’t legitimately oppose government-run health care… they just oppose it because Obama is the head cheerleader. Why is it that proponents of Obamacare can’t argue the facts of the bill, they just attack the opponents, and call them racists? It’s a cop-out. It’s a sign of their inability to defend themselves, their positions, and their record.

If Paterson, Patrick, and Obama each lose their reelections, it won’t be because of race. It will be because each, despite their own inexperience, were given the benefit of the doubt and failed to demonstrate real leadership.

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