Dems Ramp Up 'Racist Republicans' Campaign

"To a significant extent, the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism."

As the Democrats continue to redirect the American public’s attention anywhere other than the economy and Obamacare, they have launched a series of “GOP War on_____” campaigns. First it was the Republican War on Women, then came the GOP Pay Gap, now, beginning last week at Nancy Pelosi’s direction, it’s the GOP’s racism-fueled War on Hispanics. Sunday, Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) followed Pelosi’s lead, declaring that immigration reform has stalled in the House because Republicans are caving to those elements of the base who are “animated by racism.”

Thursday, Pelosi added racism to her list of Republican grievances, which included sexism and disrespect for the administration, telling reporters that racism is a key factor in Republicans’ hesitations on pushing forward the administration’s immigration priorities. In response to a convenient question on why the Republicans were resisting moving on immigration, Pelosi stated, "I think race has something to do with the fact that they're not bringing up an immigration bill."

On CNN's State of the Union Sunday, Rep. Israel, head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, intensified the minority leader’s War on Hispanics charge, stating, "To a significant extent, the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism. And that's unfortunate.”

The Democrats in the House are reportedly growing increasingly frustrated by the Republicans’ refusal to cave to a Senate bill passed last year that would provide a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants. Though the bill contains language that would supposedly strengthen border security, the GOP has expressed deep skepticism about follow through on tightening of the border, citing past failures and the administration’s abuse of executive power.

The "Racist Republican" theme was also pushed hard last week by Erich Holder in his remarks at Al Sharpton's NAN conference, where he insisted that racism played into his harsh treatment by Congress earlier that week, asking, "What attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What president has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?" 

Meanwhile, Republicans in the House argue that their pushback against the administration and the Democratic agenda is all about the the issues. Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) argued that Republicans’ skepticism about the Obama administration stems from its slew of “executive overreaches,” calling the Democrats’ accusations of racism “wrong and unfortunate," while House Speaker John Boehner argued that getting to the truth was all the House Republicans cared about, stating, "There's no issues of race here."