Monday, November 03, 2014

This will probably also be controversial

Because what the last day of the election needed was a follow-up on a manufactured outrage story, Edwin Edwards says he disagrees with Mary Landrieu's statement about racism playing a part in  anti-Obama sentiment in Louisiana.

Well, alright, that's what the headline says. And, yes, Edwin does say he "disagrees" with the Senator. But, then, if you read his statement, it's actually pretty much the same sentiment as hers.
"Now look, I'll be honest," Edwards continued, "I'm sure there are some people who don't like [President Barack Obama] and never will because he's black. But I don't think that's a significant amount."
Recall that Mary's statement on the matter wandered around some stuff about how important the oil industry is before she mentioned this.. as an afterthought. 
"I'll be very, very honest with you. The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans. It's been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as a leader," she said.
I suppose you could call that a "disagreement" but not much of one. 

Anyway if anything in Edwards' quote is likely to make waves with Republicans, surely it's this.
Edwards told TPM on Saturday that Louisiana is "a rather liberal state in racial notions and there always will be some people who have problem with people of a different race — Chinese, Japanese, Mexicans, what have you," but "by and large people will accept a person based upon his policies and performance."
Republicans got all pissy when Mary Landrieu said there is racism in Louisiana.  What do you think will happen when they find out EWE said it is "rather liberal"?

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