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Rev. William Barber II

“A ventriloquist can always find a good dummy. The extreme right wing down here (in South Carolina) finds a black guy to be senator and claims he’s the first black senator since Reconstruction and then he goes to Washington, D.C., and articulates the agenda of the Tea Party.”

Barry Saunders

“Carson has added yet another title to his name – darling of poor-people-demonizing, government-hating conservatives. His speeches at a presidential prayer breakfast in February and the CPAC convention this month have made him the hot, new face for conservatives – as though all they need do is put forth the same old tired message with a black or brown face.

Vitriol is baffling

His incessant, vitriolic assault on the poor and the government has made it hard not to conclude that the dude has gone loony. Or has a new book out. Or is planning to run for office. Or has a new book out.”

Toure 2

“When you’re publicly admitting your party doesn’t care enough about black America, then it’s time for a new black friend. Enter Dr. Ben Carson, who’s been embraced recently because he’s smart and helpful in assuaging their guilt.

Carson is a brilliant medical thinker, but he’s got intellectual tumors in his mind like a flat tax – which is regressive and ignorant in the face of American wealth inequality where the top 1 percent own 35 percent, and the bottom 60 percent own 2.3 percent. I doubt Jesus would tax them equally, just as I doubt the GOP would entertain a white, non-politician with unserious ideas.

But Carson has joined the GOP’s version of affirmative action, where blacks that can speak conservative game get raced to the front of the line because then people get to put a bumper sticker on their car that say, ‘How could I be racist? I would have voted for Carson!’ Which would fit nicely over the bumper sticker saying, ‘How could I be racist? I would have voted for Cain?’ Which fit nicely over the bumper sticker saying, ‘How could I be racist? I would have voted for Allen West!’

Yes, any black friend will do, no matter how far outside the political system they emerge from and no matter how unserious their ideas are.”

Ben Jealous

“We have Republicans who believe in civil rights — unfortunately [Tim Scott] is not one of them.”

Jim Moran

“Mr. West is not only not representative of the African-American community or of the Republican Party, let alone of the American public. So what he says really is of little or no consequence…”

Joy Behar

“Talk about demonic, Clarence Thomas is demonic.”

Karen Finney

“One of the things about Herman Cain is, I think that he makes that white Republican base of the party feel okay, feel like they are not racist because they can like this guy. I think he giving that base a free pass. And I think they like him because they think he’s a black man who knows his place. And I know that’s harsh, but that’s how it sure seems to me.”

Martin Bashir

“And on the issue of Iran, does Cain remind you at all of Dick Cheney and that long roster of chicken hawks who’ve rabidly pushed for U.S. military action there?”