MSNBC Guest: 'Race' A Factor In Republican Support For Herman Cain

Republicans like Herman Cain?  That's racist!

Talk about damned if you do, damned if you don't! The left regularly claims that racism explains Republican opposition to Barack Obama. But let Republicans support a black candidate, and--guess what?--race is behind that too!

On Cenk Uygur's MSNBC show yesterday, Richard Eskow, of the left-wing Campaign For America's Future, claimed that there is "an element of race" behind Herman Cain's popularity in GOP primary polls.

For good measure, lefty radio talker Sam Seder applauded Cain's [since-retracted] statement on Fox News Sunday that the "right of return" should be the subject of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.  In other words, Seder was excited by the prospect of Israel negotiating the terms of its own national suicide.

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After rolling a clip of Cain being caught flat-footed by Chris Wallace's question about the right of return, and  ultimately answering that it should "be negotiated," Uygur turned to Eskow.
 

RICHARD ESKOW: He has a very impressive career, as Matt [Lewis of the Daily Caller] was saying, but in a completely different field. You know, Ted Nugent made a lot of hit records, and I'm sure if he were in here he'd have the name recognition that Mr. Cain does and he'd be polling well too. The flippant answer about his chances is he does well among more-informed Republican voters, but the more-informed voters aren't the ones that pick candidates lately.  So I don't know how real his chances are.  I do know he's run a very mean-spirited and hard-right campaign, and let's face it, I think that there is a certain element of race in this factor, in this whole issue.

SAM SEDER: I will tell you, Cenk. I appreciate that he's talking about there should be some negotiations in terms of the right of return. I just have a feeling just about everybody else in the Republican party and frankly even in the Democratic party at this point would think that's a completely radical idea.

CENK UYGUR: I know, but he's already flip-flopped on that. He's gone back on Fox News: "I didn't mean it! I didn't mean it! Whatever Israel says!"

Mark Finkelstein
Mark Finkelstein is a contributing editor for NewsBusters.