During a fundraising event in New York last month, Joe Biden a Democratic candidate running for President mentioned two deceased Democratic segregationist senators – James Eastland and Herman Talmadge – to argue that Washington worked more fluidly a generation ago than with today’s divisive politics.
“We did not agree on almost anything,” Biden said of the two high profile senators, who were both around the time when Biden was elected into office 1972. Biden described Talmadge as “one of the most malicious men he has ever known.” But he said that even in that Senate, “at least there was a certain civility, we got results.” Biden’s rivals immediately reacted with anger.
“I have to tell Vice President Biden, as someone I respect, that he is wrong to use his relations with Eastland and Talmadge as examples of how we should unify our country,” said Cory Booker, who is black.
The mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, who is married to a black woman, tweeted: “It’s 2019 and @JoeBiden yearns for the good days of ‘civility’ typified by James Eastland, Eastland thought that my multiracial family should be illegal.” Sen. Kamala Harris, who is also black, said Biden is “consenting” segregationists in a way “that indicates he does not understand … the dark history of our country.”
But imagine a time when, a candidate for national office from a southern state. This fellow, an affable sort, was often seen back in the 1970’s in a car boldly painted with a Confederate flag. Not only that, this car has had its horn altered so that it now plays the Confederate anthem “Dixie” when honked. Our fellow goes on from there to some success as a politician, and no one makes much of an issue of his association with the Rebel standard. So now, he decides to run for Congress in the state of, oh, let’s say, …Virginia.
But he still has the car. With the Stars and Bars on top. He’s never apologized for it, either–the guy is quite proud of this car and has posed for pictures with it. Who would endorse an obvious racist like that? Or even better, who would actually give money to a candidate like that?
Oh, House Leader Nancy Pelosi, Vice Presidential hopeful and Senator Tim Kaine, and Democratic Senator Ed Markey, for a start.
The candidate in question is Ben Jones, who played “Cooter” of the Dukes of Hazzard. And Cooter–or should that be KKKooter?–ran for Congress in Virginia in 2002, even as he maintained a museum called Cooter’s Place in Sperryville, Tennessee. There he exhibited–and to this day still does at another iteration of Cooter’s place–one of the original “General Lees” from the Dukes of Hazzard, with a big ol’ Confederate flag on top. Cooter lost that race, but not without the support of several major Democratic political figures.
You are probably wondering why no one today is asking why Nancy Pelosi could have supported such an obvious racist who made a living off showing people his KlanMobile?
Oh, wait, Ben Jones was a Democrat. The outrage police don’t care.
How could she?
Also here is Senator Ed Markey with with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez promoting her “Green New Deal,” I wonder if she knows he supported a Confederate loving racist.
Or could it be perhaps that despite his ownership of a car with a Confederate flag on it, Ben Jones probably wasn’t a racist, just like Joe Biden probably isn’t a racist just for being born during a time where segregation was prevalent, this guilty by association is just a campaign tool by fellow Democrats trying to knock him off the race.