WTF is going on in this state?
Indigo Journal, a liberal blog in South Carolina, reports that GOP operative Mike Green posted a racist joke about President Obama on his Twitter account over the weekend -- and in a brief conversation with TPM, Green did not deny it. (Late Update: Green has now admitted it in a new set of Tweets, and apologized. See new section after the jump.)
Green posted this, then deleted it some time later:
JUST HEARD OBAMA IS GOING TO IMPOSE A 40% TAX ON ASPIRIN BECAUSE IT'S WHITE AND IT WORKS.
Wheee! Of course, Green apologized for it after the fact... as usual ignoring the principle "if you don't do it in the first place, you don't need to apologize".
Then again, to be fair, it isn't just South Carolina - hard on the heels of these lovely actions we find that Tennessee is jumping on the bandwagon:
now we’re learning about some super-funny racist emails sent out by a Tennessee GOP legislative staffer for Republican state senator Diane Black. Let’s meet the charming Sherri Goforth, who sent the image [above] to god knows how many people because, ha, a Negro in the White House?
The image in question being a montage of proper white European Presidents... and a black square with a pair of eyeballs peering out. The kind of thing that was considered funny back in, oh, 1932 or so.
And here as well the Party of Personal Responsibility is being all personally responsible:
When I asked her if she understood the controversial nature of the photo, Goforth would only say she felt very bad about accidentally sending it to the wrong list. When I gave her a second chance to address the controversial nature of the email, she again repeated that she only felt bad about sending it to the wrong list of people.
“I went on the wrong email and I inadvertently hit the wrong button,” Goforth told NIT. “I’m very sick about it, and it’s one of those things I can’t change or take back.”
Oops! Wrong button! Wrong mailing list!
Here's an idea, Sherri - don't mail crap like this out to begin with and you don't have to worry about hitting "the wrong button".
Or is that too much to expect from the people who supposedly work for the public's benefit?