Democrats continue to play the race card against Republicans because they have no substantive issues to talk about, says James Taranto, a columnist for The Wall Street Journal.
"The reason that the Democrats are talking so much about this is they don't have much else to say and they know that they're in trouble heading toward November," Taranto told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV on Monday.
"The racial rhetoric has gotten more heated of late, but this isn't the most heated it's ever been. Remember how heated it was four years ago after Obamacare was enacted?
"Remember a couple of black congressmen claimed to have heard the n-word shouted by tea party protesters — claims that were never substantiated?"
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Taranto, who is also editor of the Journal's online editorial page, OpinionJournal.com, said Attorney General Eric Holder's speech about President Barack Obama and himself being disrespected by Congress also smacked of race.
"Holder came out after that speech and said, well, I didn't mention anything about race. Of course, he was talking to Al Sharpton's National Action Network. So, the implication it seems to me was pretty clear," Taranto said.
"This idea that President Obama has gotten more disrespect than any other president is very often expressed with direct reference to his race, but . . .remember the invective that was thrown at George W. Bush."
Taranto also said that despite Obama's suggestion to Republicans that they move on from criticizing the Affordable Care Act, the issue is not going away.
"He said the debate was over on April Fool's Day when he gave his speech touting the supposed 7 million signups for Obamacare, and then he said it again last Thursday," Taranto said.
"First he said the debate is over and then he said, I urge Democrats to defend this law strongly. Well, if the debate is over, why do they have to do that?"
Taranto said the media lets the Obama administration get away with way too much.
"The media by and large are in sympathy, in ideological sympathy with this administration. It's been said the media have given up their watchdog role and [are] acting like lapdogs" he said.
"But I said they're acting like watchdogs who work for the administration regarding the president and his administration. That's a better analogy.
"It's an old rhetorical device of his. He pretends to be considering all sides, to be the voice of sweet reason, and then he comes down on the left side and then he says that anyone that doesn't come down on the same side as he does has bad motives."
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