By now roughly 20 times more people have seen the clip below than when it originally aired on the Keith Olbermann Show. Yes, Keith Olbermann has a show again. It runs on a channel called Current TV. It’s basically a cable access channel gone national. Keith had political philosopher Janeane Garofalo on his show to discuss the Tea Party movement, and she uttered these sage remarks about Herman Cain.
For those of you who don’t feel like watching the clip, here’s a transcript of the relevant portion.
Garofalo also said successful businessman Herman Cain is either being paid to run or is suffering from Stockholm syndrome because he is a “person of color” running as a Republican in the party’s presidential primary.
“[He’s] in this presidential race because he deflects the racism that is inherent in the Republican party, the conservative movement, the Tea Party certainly. [In] the last 30 years the Republican party has been moving more and more to the right, but also race-baiting more. Gay-baiting more. Religion-baiting more,” Garofalo said.
“But, Herman Cain, I feel like, is being paid by somebody to be involved and to run for president so that you go like ‘I love that, that can’t be racist. He’s a black guy, a black guy asking for Obama being impeached.’ Or ‘it’s a black guy whose anti-Muslim. It’s a black guy who is a Tea Party guy.'”
Garofalo also had some conspiracy theories as to who may be putting Cain up to this.
“And I feel like wouldn’t that suit the purposes of whomever astroturfs these things. Whether that be the Koch brothers or Grover Norquist or any anything. It could even be Karl Rove. ‘Let’s get Herman Cain involved so it deflects the obvious racism of our Republican party,'” Garofalo said.
“Would that be separate from his delusions of grandeur or are they just taking advantage of him?” host Keith Olbermann asked.
Ms. Garofalo disagreed but had another reason for why she thinks Cain is in the race which includes diagnosing him with Stockholm syndrome.
“He’s a businessman,” she said sarcastically. “Who ever pays him. And there may be a touch of Stockholm syndrome. There may be a touch of Stockholm syndrome in there because anytime I see a person of color or a female in the Republican party or the conservative movement or the Tea Party, I wonder how they could be trying to curry with the oppressors. Is it Stockholm syndrome or does somebody pay them?”
She would have continued but Keith’s mom had to clean her basement and thus kicked them out.
Garofolo has managed to take the race card to the next level. Though she’s hardly the first
honky white person to play the “Uncle Tom” card, I’m not sure anyone has gone the “Stockholm Syndrome” route. That’s an especially kooky twist that leaves Janeane in some rarefied air. Well done.
The funniest thing about this comment is that the only person really displaying any kind of racist attitude is Garafolo herself. Here we have a privileged white woman essentially telling black people what they should think. Any non-white who dares escape the ideological plantation of the left is either brain-washed or a race traitor. No, Herman Cain couldn’t possibly have formed his own opinions. How could a person with dark skin possibly have ever thought for himself, right Janeane?