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Democratic Rep. Cohen (TN-09) from House floor: “Barack Obama was a Community Organizer like Jesus”
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This morning, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) used his one minute on the floor of the House of Representatives to say the following:
I submit to you, Mr. Speaker, um, that the parties have differences, but if you want Change, but if you want change, you want the Democratic party, uh, Barack Obama was a community organizer like Jesus who our, uh, minister prayed about, uh, Pontius Pilate was a governor.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
After being torn to pieces for the sins of being white and Jewish in his primary earlier this year, Cohen knows at least as much about differences within the Democratic Party as he does about differences between the parties — and it’s a testament to his unwavering loyalty that he is still speaking out in favor of Barack Obama after undergoing that experience earlier this year.
It’s a pity Jesus Barack Obama didn’t bother show the same level of loyalty to the white, Jewish Cohen, when the latter was being raked over the coals this primary season by contenders for his House seat who believed they were better suited to represent his majority-black district than he simply because they were neither white nor Jewish, while Cohen had the misfortune (or diabolically-plotted advantage?? We may never know…) of being both.
After months of race-based attacks from primary opponents and black “leaders,” the most Cohen, an early Obama superdelegate, was able to wrangle from his choice for President of the United States and Chief Healer of All Wounds and Divisions, Racial and Otherwise was this mealymouthed, canned statement:
These incendiary and personal attacks have no place in our politics, and will do nothing to help the good people of Tennessee. It’s time to turn the page on a politics driven by negativity and division so that we can come together to lift up our communities and our country
That was it. He couldn’t even bring himself to say Cohen’s name, nor to assign any more blame to the guilty party (those smearing the Democrat incumbent with racist, hateful advertisements and language) than to the victim of the smears.
That doesn’t exactly give me a warm fuzzy about what we can expect from a President Obama, Peer Mediator.
What we have learned from this is that Steve Cohen (D-TN) can take to the House floor and parrot exactly the lines given him by the Obama campaign.
However, in the interest of maintaining their Barack Obama=The Messiah theme, the Obama campaign may want to look into changing the messengers they currently have repeating their Obama=Jesus message. After all, an adherent to Judaism would be far more likely to believe that Jesus was, in actuality, simply a community organizer — and, based on his brief career and rather violent end, not a particularly effective one — rather than the Son of God and the Messiah.
And I’m sure Obama has no interest, at this point, in being demoted (by his own surrogates no less) to the role of Just a Man.