MSNBC analyst Karen Finney
says the Republican Party views presidential candidate Herman Cain as a "black man who knows his place."
As reported in the Weekly Standard, Finney, who is a Democratic Party strategist, said on Martin Bashir's television program today that Cain makes the white Republican base "feel like that they are not racist because they can like this guy."
"I think he is giving that base a free pass, " she adds.
In continuing her remark about Cain knowing his place, Finney said, "I know that's harsh, but that 's how it sure seems to me."
During an online version of NBC's Meet The Press this week, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-MD, said white voters back Cain to show they are not racist.
"I think when members of the Tea Party can vote for a Herman Cain and hear him say the things that he says they feel like, 'Well, you know, I can support this guy and so it shows that I'm not racist and I'm supportive," Cummings commented.
Earlier this month, commedienne Janeane Garafalo said to Current TV host Keith Olbermann the GOP likes Cain because the party's public support of him "hides the racist element" of the party.
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