South Carolina GOP: ‘It’s Good Politics to Oppose the Policies of the Black Guy’ [update]

Post-racial America is my favorite.

The South Carolina legislature rejected extra funding from Obamacare for Medicaid expansion this week, despite pleading from South Carolina Democrats, who urged the South Carolina GOP to stop acting like douchebags and extend Medicaid to thousands of poor South Carolinians.

Democrats even pulled the old “What would Jesus do?” trick, appealing to Republicans’ sense of morality (scoff!), and quoting scripture and everything:

Rep. Joe Neal, a Baptist pastor, told his colleagues they will account for their vote before God.

“If our citizens don’t have access to health care, we rob them of all meaning of life,” said Neal, D-Hopkins. “What did you do for the least of these? We’ll all have to answer that question. Did we do what was right — what was fair?”

Unsurprisingly, South Carolina Republicans were unmoved. One Republican in particular finally said in front of God and everyone what everygoddamnbody knows most of these wingnut assclowns have been thinking all along: Republicans oppose President Obama’s policies because he’s black, even when they otherwise agree with the policy.

Meet Rep. Kris Crawford (R-Seriously Dude?): He supports the Medicaid expansion but voted against it anyway, because Obama’s black. Literally. He actually said it out loud back in January, bless his heart:

Rep. Kris Crawford, a Republican from Florence and also an emergency room doctor, supports the expansion but expects the Republican caucus to vote as a block against the Medicaid expansion.
“The politics are going to overwhelm the policy. It is good politics to oppose the black guy in the White House right now, especially for the Republican Party,” Crawford said.

If only the president would stop being black, poor people in South Carolina might be able to get some healthcare.

Why does Blacky O. hate poor people?

UPDATE: My friend Chris Savage over at Eclectablog has more. Go read it.

[via Think Progress]

[cross-posted at ABLC]

38 replies
  1. 1
    nhoj says:

    For the record: he voted FOR the expansion but was using Obama’s blahness to explain the votes of his colleagues.

    EDIT: Ugh, on second read of the articles he supported in Jan but voted against anyway. Always oppose the blah.

  2. 2
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    I know it’s fashionable to look like one is opposing Obama but South Carolina always manages to wind up on the wrong side of history, regardless of who is President.

  3. 3
    Mike in NC says:

    It’s a common saying around these parts by us Yankees that “They’re still fighting the Civil War down here”.

  4. 4
    Anya says:

    We’re talking about South Carolina, right? So, why is this even news, or a front page post? It’s like the sun will rise from the east kinda of a reality.

  5. 5
    Scott Alloway says:

    Not sorry to say this: The man is a fool and a bigot. He has no sense of decency and there is no reason why we should not mock him, fight against him, and expose him and his confederates as a cancer on our society. It’s time Democrats take the high ground and loudly proclaim (as Marty McFly did in Back to the Future III), “‘He’s an asshole.” As a boomer, I am tired of wimpy Democratic responses to Republican whines. Hit them hard, then kick them where it hurts.

  6. 6
    Nick says:

    The Democrats need to hang this around his neck. Maybe the racism won’t change certain minds. But they can sure as hell make him look petty and childish.

  7. 7
    TGC says:

    @Nick: You are assuming this is a problem for him to have said this. In South Carolina? I don’t think so. This SOB is more popular with his constituents now.

    That’s who these people are and who they have always been.

  8. 8
    Michael Holland says:

    @TGC: Well, except for the ones dying for lack of medical care. But it’s not like THEY will be voting next time…

  9. 9
    El Caganer says:

    Well, that’s the difference between being a legislator in SC and being one from the heartlands here in PA. In SC, they’ll say it out loud.

  10. 10
    LeftCoastTom says:

    @TGC: I didn’t necessarily read that assumption. It may not be a problem with his constituents that he said this, I know next to nothing of SC’s political geography. I think Democrats should hang this around his neck because associating with him might be a problem for other reprehensibles with marginally sane constituents.

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    James E. Powell says:

    It was a mistake to quote the New Testament – Republicans only like the Old Testament God, the one with all the wrath and stuff.

  12. 12
    Nemo_N says:

    And of course, the Voting Rights Act is not needed anymore.

  13. 13
    sparky says:

    Black hearts v. Black skin. It’s how we do in Amurika.

  14. 14
    Singular says:

    I feel sorry for the “black guy” in the ER, who maybe has some urgent shit going on :(

  15. 15
    Citizen_X says:

    A fucking doctor said that? An emergency room doctor?

    As they say: What is this I can’t even.

  16. 16
    Jamie says:


    Makes me unhappy to be a white male. What is with these people?

  17. 17
    hamletta says:

    It is good politics to oppose the black guy in the White House right now, especially for the Republican Party….

    What the holy fuck?!

    On a day when the church in Rome has chosen a new leader, I have to hear about this shit?

    To quote Joseph Fiennes–as–Luther: “And you call yourselves Christians?!”

    Dickens and Orwell couldn’t begin to imagine this shite.

  18. 18
    Another Halocene Human says:

    Wow, you sure caught a live one, ABL.

    I can only say: Forget it, Imani, it’s South Carolina.

  19. 19
    Another Halocene Human says:

    Wow, you sure caught a live one, ABL.

    I can only say: Forget it, Imani, it’s South Carolina.

  20. 20
    Fred says:

    Yeah those South Carlahna bigots ain’t shy about it at all. They don’t like nigras, yankees, God hatin’ intelexuals or almost anybody else who don’t tawk rahght.
    I have a cousin who moved there ’cause of God and all. Nice guy but dumb as a post. He grew up near Three Mile Island so that might explain. SC just seems to attract defective people. Bob Jones University and no commie unions. What’s not to like?

  21. 21
    karen says:

    @James E. Powell:

    The Dominionist Christianity takes the God from the Old Testament and called him Jesus.Period.

  22. 22
    Patricia Kayden says:

    Interesting that this is just coming out now. Obviously South Carolinians are okay with this kind of talk.

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    Svensker says:

    It was a weird thing for the guy to say but I’m not reading it the way you are. To me, the implication is not “we’re opposing Obama because he’s black”. It’s rather “we’re opposing Obama” and we can describe him thusly. I read it as much more a descriptor.

    And don’t get me wrong. We’ve got relatives in Georgia and the racist stuff they say — about Obama and anyone else with dark skin — is just eyeball peeling. But, somehow, this didn’t read that way to me.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Svensker: Why phrase it as ” the “Black guy in the White House” if the “Black guy” part has no meaning?

  27. 27
    rikyrah says:

    it was always about him being BLACK.


    If a White President had delivered them on the road to Universal Healthcare AND killed Osama Bin Laden, they’d want to put him on Mount Rushmore.

  28. 28
    Tonybrown74 says:


    Not to mention the poor WHITE guy in the ER going through the same shit. Do you honestly think he is lying on a gurney, saying to himself, “if only the NEAR guy in the White House didn’t propose this, then I would have some healthcare?”

    Maybe the message should be, “YOUR racism is killing YOU!”

  29. 29
    serge says:

    No, wait just a doggone minute ABL, we here in SC are all post racial, friendly types. Some of us even have black friends. That poor ER doc was not showing his racism, he was merely being descriptive.

    We have a brown-skinned, female Governor, for gosh sake. She just wants to use SC funds wisely when she wants to drug test everybody eligible for food stamps. It isn’t because they’re even darker than she is so odds are they’re all junkies. That she has been named as the “other woman” in a divorce proceeding simply show her sophistication.

    Shit, we have a negro Senator! That he’s a dumb fuck (and I’ve spoken to him before) and votes along with his caucasian republican betters shows that we even believe in, and practice, affirmative action.

    Truth is: this is the deep south, a state run by unregenerate racist, stupid, loud-mouthed and did I say stupid, mule-fucking, inbred protozoans. I meant to move back to DC after my wife’s residency, but damn it, I moved to this island that’s like a little paradise, near a city that is the Austin of South Carolina, and I never left. I have no one but myself to blame.

  30. 30
    Govt Lawyer says:

    In the guy’s defense, sort of, he isn’t wrong.

  31. 31
    rikyrah says:

    Cracker Ass Cracker IS…


    Cracker Ass Cracker


  32. 32
    celticdragonchick says:


    I know next to nothing of SC’s political geography.

    Florence is a shithole on I-95 with a lumber mill, a hosiery textile factory and a lot of big pharma and medical facilities. It hosts the Florence Speedway (big surprise!) and is just down the road from the one of the worst speed traps in the Carolinas at Society Hill. I have to drive through here whenever I go from Greensboro down to Brunswick, Georgia. You Do. Not. Go. Above 30 miles an hour in Society Hill.

  33. 33
    different-church-lady says:

    N-word event horizon just got a little closer…

  34. 34
    zoot says:

    so how does any non-white male go to en emergency room with this piece of shit as the doctor? What would give them any confidence this piece of shit would give them the best medical treatment for their problem? I would wager they would in fact NOT get the best medical treatment because this piece of shit so-called doctor is incapable of being unbiased (intentional or subconscious) including when it comes to healing.

  35. 35
    zoot says:

    …non-white male or female

    The thing about bigotry is it has no bias. A bigot is almost always prejudiced against everyone not like them.

  36. 36
    johnny aquitard says:

    The politics are going to overwhelm the policy

    That’s states’ rights nullification again, just restated in a catchphrase for crackers.

  37. 37
    Ian says:

    But don’t you dare…etc, etc.

  38. 38
    Pat says:

    Please, let us go easy on this guy. He just said out loud what ALL the Republicans are *thinking.* He was one of the rare breed that actually told the *truth.*

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