On Thursday night’s The Factor, host Bill O’Reilly discussed the Congressional Black Caucus’ rhetoric concerning the Tea Party movement. He played an audio clip of a particularly provocative comment made by Indiana Congressman André Carson (D) in which he told an audience in Miami that members of Congress sympathetic to the Tea Party would “love to see you and me… hanging on a tree.”If you're a black, liberal Democrat playing the race card never gets old.
Oh my. “Now using violent imagery with racial overtones to attack a political group is absolutely un-American,” said O’Reilly. “But Mr. Carson in unrepentant.” He brought on Florida Congressman Allen West, himself a Republican member of the Congressional Black Caucus, who felt “we don’t need that kind of incendiary talk” and he expressed this much in a letter to Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, chairman to the the Congressional Black Caucus.
O’Reilly’s theory is that such rhetoric is born out of the fear that black voters are not currently interested in re-electing Barack Obama in 2012 and, so, his opposition must be “demonized.” West agreed:
This is nothing but one of the tactics — I believe it’s rule number 13 out of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals — where you pick a target, you freeze it, you isolate it, and you begin to attack it. And I think that’s one of the important things they’re trying to do.