The Republican Party’s implosion following President Obama’s victory continues unabated. On top of dozens of firms and businesses cutting back their workforce, or shutting down altogether; and with 47 states now inundating the White House with sesession petitions, now comes word that the state of Maine’s Republican Party Chairman Charlie Webster has, begrudgingly, apologized for alleging widespread voter fraud by mysterious, unknown, and apparently organized black people, especially in Maine’s outlying and rural areas.
“It was my intention to talk not about race but about perceived voting irregularities,” Webster said in a statement, according to the Portland Press Herald. “However, my comments were made without proof of wrongdoing, and they had the unintended consequence of casting aspersions on an entire group of Americans. For that, I am truly sorry.”
Let’s see here. What brought on this latest Republican mea culpa? Well, earlier this week, in an interview with a local television station Webster reported the following: “In some parts of rural Maine, there were dozens, dozens of black people who came in and voted on Election Day. Everybody has a right to vote, but nobody in town knows anyone who’s black.”
This statement, on its face, is about as racist as one can get. But Webster manages to go even further. He wants us all to understand that he is not “discriminatory” by any stretch of the imagination. It’s just that he’s trying to ensure and uphold the integrity of the electoral process. Yes, he has always been against early voting, same-day registration and voting. So for that reason, and that reason alone, he planned to investigate the validity of those “dozens, dozens of black” voters by mailing them returnable "thank-you notes." Again, these notes will go only to voters who registered and voted on Election Day. If the notes were not returned, well…that’s proof that those voters and their votes were fraudulent.
Maine’s Democratic Party chairman labeled Webster’s comments, if not Webster himself, as blatantly “racist.” Maine’s NAACP chapters issued a joint statement calling Webster’s remarks “offensive and insulting.”
Even though Webster has, in fact, apologized and reversed his statements, still, Thursday afternoon (yesterday), he reiterated and defended his comments in an interview with Talking Points Memo.
“There’s nothing about me that would be discriminatory,” he said. “I know black people. I play basketball every Sunday with a black guy. He’s a great friend of mine. Nobody would ever accuse me of suggesting anything.”
Where has this guy been for the last 50 years? This “some of my best friends. …” argument went out with disco music and bell bottom pants.
And, “playing basketball every Sunday with a black guy" -- does that remark remind us that President Obama plays basketball after he finishes his campaigns for election? Do black people only excel at sports or entertainment? Hmmm.
Even Webster’s fellow Republicans thought his position to be a little much. Lance Dutson, for example, is a Maine Republican high honcho who’s tight with Sen. Susan Collins. He minced no words about Mr. Webster:
“Webster’s statements should be cause for immediate resignation,” Dutson wrote on Twitter. “Any GOP who values future of the party should demand the same.”
Fortunately for Dutson, the Maine Republican Party, the national Republican Party, and indeed, the rest of the known universe, Charlie Webster’s term as Chairman ends on Dec. 1. Perhaps then he will be able to conduct his own private search-and-destroy mission for those unknown black people in the Maine woods and back country.
And what will he do when he finds them? Demand to see their voter ID's, of course.