Try as you might, you won’t find a word more appropriate than ‘lie’ to describe a statement Patrick Gaspard made to pundit Roland Martin. Gaspard isn’t some minor Leftist player—he’s the executive director of the Democratic National Committee. He also worked for President Barack Obama in the White House, and he was a key player in getting Obama elected in 2008.
Gaspard talked to Martin in an exchange about alleged ‘GOP voter suppression efforts.’
Why do Dems use that terminology? Republicans (and even many Democrats) want the US voting system to be as secure as possible. Some states have passed laws requiring a photo ID to vote, for instance.
Democrats call that ‘voter suppression.’ Next time you want to feel really suppressed, write a check and try to cash it without showing a photo ID.
Gaspard was actually one of Obama’s first broken promises. Alternatively, you could say Gaspard was one of Obama’s first untruths. Even as Obama promised he wouldn’t hire lobbyists, Gaspard was organizing the US to collect votes for the junior senator from Illinois.
Gaspard lobbied for the Service Employees International Union, and he also had a background in healthcare issues. It should come as no surprise that SEIU figured significantly in the Democrats’ composition and passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare).
Once ObamaCare passed, unions sought and obtained hundreds upon hundreds of waivers from the very bill they had backed and foisted on the rest of the country.
Gaspard shares something else in common with Obama. Gaspard was also a community organizer—in the U.S. He was actually born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country not exactly praised for ideas about liberty.
The interview with Gaspard is fairly interesting although Martin is obviously setting up the platform for easy answers phrased in political bites. For instance, Gaspard talks about those wonderful unemployment records—you know, the ones orchestrated by politicians to make it seem like hard times are starting to ease up. Even minority advocates know that isn’t true, especially when it comes to record unemployment for blacks, notably exceeding unemployment levels under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
Bush, by the way, did move the needle down on black unemployment, at some points even more effectively than Clinton. Dem-allied media can’t quite muster the courage to talk about that.
Gaspard and his boss must be admired for one thing, however. Both have been able to keep black loyalty intact even as Democrats largely pander to another voting group based on skin color—“Hispanics.” Democrats view Hispanics as one large homogenized group. That so many people buy into that sort of political pandering is a question for the textbooks, or, if we held a real debate, for the moderators.
Aside from skewed jobs numbers and customary cheerleading, Gaspard told one tale so tall it’s a wonder his nose didn’t extend itself as he spoke. He said that in Florida, “Republicans have tried to eliminate the early vote.”
In a word, that’s a big fat lie. Martin might have done the honorable thing and called Gaspard out on it, but then again, when have Democrat-allied media ever done that to a Leftist?
What might Martin have asked the SEIU heavyweight?
If Republicans tried to eliminate the early vote, how did the early vote get so well organized and set up to begin with since the GOP controls the Florida Legislature and governor’s office? Florida even had an ample early vote period available during the primary in January.
A person can lie, but as another Obama operative once said, Facts are stubborn things.
[Analysis by Kay B. Day; follow Day on Twitter @TheUSReport.]