Are you a racist if you say Chicago and Illinois are in the toilet?

Apparently some liberal commentators and politicians think so. They suggest that anyone who points out President Barack Obama and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel are the spawn of Chicago's corrupt politics is guilty of racism because a lot of African Americans live there.

Mr. Robinson set the scene on “Hardball” by regurgitating a 2008 meme: The GOP’s attack on Mr. Obama’s record “is all part of this Barack Obama as ‘other’ sort of blanket campaign that has been waged by the Republican Party for some time now.”

Mr. Matthews chimed in with, “They keep saying ‘Chicago,’ by the way; have you noticed? They keep saying ‘Chicago.’ That’s another thing that sends that message — this guy’s helping the poor people in the bad neighborhoods, screwing us in the ‘burbs.”

That left it to Mr. Heilemann to remove all doubt by adding, “There’s [sic] a lot of black people in Chicago.”

These observations are from a Washington Times column by Robert Knight, "Chicago does mean corruption: City’s history not invented by GOP" that responds to some rather silly observations from the ultra-silly  Chris Matthews and some other sillies on MSNBC.

Is there any absurdity that Matthews and company won't buy into?

 

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