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Last night, Jon Stewart ripped Sen. Rand Paul's (R-KY) speech at Howard University with Larry Wilmore.

SEN. RAND PAUL, R-KY (4/10/2013): How did the party that elected the first black U.S. Senator, the party that elected the first twenty African-American congressmen, how did that party become a party that now loses 95% of the black vote?
I'll take that one.  See, because for the last 50 years, the Republican Party has embraced a craven political calculation known as the Southern Strategy, which stated that:
RICHARD NIXON (5/17/1970): From now on, the Republicans are never going to get more than 10% to 20% of the Negro vote.  And they don't need any more than that.  The Republicans would be shortsighted if they weakened enforcement of the Voting Rights Act.  [Because] the more Negroes who register as Democrats in the South, the sooner the Negrophobe whites will quit the Democrats and become Republicans.  That's where the votes are.
Unquote!

From Nixon's law and order, to Reagan's Cadillac-driving welfare queens, to H.W. Bush's Willie Horton campaign, all the way up to the present day, where the party had a serious presidential contender who lived on a ranch that had once been called, um....

RICK PERRY: ... Niggerhead ...
Riiiiiiiiiiight.  Right, that.

So all that will tend to alienate a voting bloc.  Why do you think they've been voting for Democrats?

SEN. RAND PAUL, R-KY (4/10/2013): The Republican Party hasn't talked enough about the great history and interaction between the Republican Party and black history and voting rights in our country. ... The story of emancipation, of voting rights, and of citizenship from Frederick Douglass to the modern era is really, in fact, the history of the Republican Party. ... We see horrible Jim Crow, and horrible racism that happened in the '30s, '40s, '50s, it was all Democrats.  It wasn't Republicans.
Right.  But for the most part, those bigoted Democrats — the '30s, '40s, '50s — became Republicans post-the modern civil rights era because of it.  See, you can't just yada, yada, yada the last 60 Republican years.

"A Republican freed the slaves, gave black people the vote!  Yada, yada, yada, and now all blacks vote Democratic!  I mean, what the hell?"

And the problem with this theory that all that stands between the Republicans and a plurality of the black vote is a history lesson is... well, enjoy.

4/10/2013:

SEN. RAND PAUL, R-KY: How many of you, if I would've said, who do you think the founders of the NAACP are?  Do you think they were Republicans or Democrats?  Would everybody in here know they were all Republicans?

HOWARD UNIVERSITY STUDENTS: Yes!!

SEN. RAND PAUL, R-KY: All right, all right.  You know more than I know.  And... OK, and that's... and I don't mean that to be insulting, I don't know what you know, and you don't....  You know, I mean I'm trying to find out what the connection is.

(audience boos)

"Calm down, everybody, just calm down!  Red team, start the car!  Turns out I'm neither crazy nor brave!  The gray hair needs to be plucked, now!  Red team, remove the vanilla bean from the hot chocolate!  Red team!"

....

JON STEWART: What do you think about his — let's call it — timeshare presentation for the Republican Party to the students?

LARRY WILMORE: Right.  Well, it's tempting, Jon.  I mean, let's be honest, black people have been with the Democratic Party for 50 years now, you know?  We're looking for a little strange.

JON STEWART: But the Republicans, I mean, they're not really strange.  I mean, you've tapped that before.  I mean, it's....

LARRY WILMORE: Jon, we tapped it for 100 years.  See, that's the problem, there are no other moves.  Were we in love once?  Yes.  But, people change.  So do parties.

JON STEWART: Well, it sounds like the Republicans would very much like to rekindle the relationship by reminding you of the good times that you shared.

LARRY WILMORE: Right.  Yeah, you know what happens when you get back with someone.  You know, it's fun for a while, until you remember this is exactly how you felt before you caught them in bed with the Dixiecrats.

JON STEWART: The Republicans left the black, and now they want to come back.

(audience laughter and applause as Jon and Larry do a fist bump)

Video and full transcript below the fold.

The 2012 presidential campaign will likely be best remembered for the pitched battle that Republicans and Democrats waged for the African-American vote.
CBS NEWS (3/18/2013): In 2012, President Obama won 93% of the black vote.
Always so close!  Coulda gone either way.

Well, all that's about to change, because the Republican Party begins a minority voter outreach program.  Yesterday, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul fell asleep on the Washington Metro's Green Line, and ended up at historically black Howard University, where he decided to speak!

SEN. RAND PAUL, R-KY (4/10/2013): Some people have asked me, are you nervous about speaking at Howard? ... Some have said that I'm either brave or crazy to be here today.
"But that's what heroes do.  They don't think about the odds when they plunge headfirst into a symposium with high-achieving students at a prestigious university."

But go ahead.  You had them at "you're crazy".

SEN. RAND PAUL, R-KY (4/10/2013): How did the party that elected the first black U.S. Senator, the party that elected the first twenty African-American congressmen, how did that party become a party that now loses 95% of the black vote?
I'll take that one.  See, because for the last 50 years, the Republican Party has embraced a craven political calculation known as the Southern Strategy, which stated that:
RICHARD NIXON (5/17/1970): From now on, the Republicans are never going to get more than 10% to 20% of the Negro vote.  And they don't need any more than that.  The Republicans would be shortsighted if they weakened enforcement of the Voting Rights Act.  [Because] the more Negroes who register as Democrats in the South, the sooner the Negrophobe whites will quit the Democrats and become Republicans.  That's where the votes are.
Unquote!

From Nixon's law and order, to Reagan's Cadillac-driving welfare queens, to H.W. Bush's Willie Horton campaign, all the way up to the present day, where the party had a serious presidential contender who lived on a ranch that had once been called, um....

RICK PERRY: ... Niggerhead ...
Riiiiiiiiiiight.  Right, that.

So all that will tend to alienate a voting bloc.  Why do you think they've been voting for Democrats?

SEN. RAND PAUL, R-KY (4/10/2013): The Republican Party hasn't talked enough about the great history and interaction between the Republican Party and black history and voting rights in our country. ... The story of emancipation, of voting rights, and of citizenship from Frederick Douglass to the modern era is really, in fact, the history of the Republican Party. ... We see horrible Jim Crow, and horrible racism that happened in the '30s, '40s, '50s, it was all Democrats.  It wasn't Republicans.
Right.  But for the most part, those bigoted Democrats — the '30s, '40s, '50s — became Republicans post-the modern civil rights era because of it.  See, you can't just yada, yada, yada the last 60 Republican years.

"A Republican freed the slaves, gave black people the vote!  Yada, yada, yada, and now all blacks vote Democratic!  I mean, what the hell?"

And the problem with this theory that all that stands between the Republicans and a plurality of the black vote is a history lesson is... well, enjoy.

4/10/2013:

SEN. RAND PAUL, R-KY: How many of you, if I would've said, who do you think the founders of the NAACP are?  Do you think they were Republicans or Democrats?  Would everybody in here know they were all Republicans?

HOWARD UNIVERSITY STUDENTS: Yes!!

SEN. RAND PAUL, R-KY: All right, all right.  You know more than I know.  And... OK, and that's... and I don't mean that to be insulting, I don't know what you know, and you don't....  You know, I mean I'm trying to find out what the connection is.

(audience boos)

"Calm down, everybody, just calm down!  Red team, start the car!  Turns out I'm neither crazy nor brave!  The gray hair needs to be plucked, now!  Red team, remove the vanilla bean from the hot chocolate!  Red team!"

JON STEWART: Turns out, Howard University doesn't just educate black people.  For more, we're joined by Senior Black Correspondent Larry Wilmore.  Welcome, Larry.  Now, Senator Rand Paul, who I like very much, I like Senator Rand Paul very much, he says his friends are calling him brave or crazy for speaking at Howard.  What are your thoughts?

LARRY WILMORE: Well, I don't know about brave.  I mean, it's Howard University, not the Apollo.  Although, I did think it was a nice gesture for him to get a Jeri Curl before coming over.

JON STEWART: That's actually... I don't... that's not a Jeri Curl, Larry.  That's not a Jeri Curl, that's actually just what his hair looks like.

LARRY WILMORE: Seriously!?

JON STEWART: Yeah.

LARRY WILMORE: And he goes up on stage?  Then he is brave.

JON STEWART: What do you think about his — let's call it — timeshare presentation for the Republican Party to the students?

LARRY WILMORE: Right.  Well, it's tempting, Jon.  I mean, let's be honest, black people have been with the Democratic Party for 50 years now, you know?  We're looking for a little strange.

JON STEWART: But the Republicans, I mean, they're not really strange.  I mean, you've tapped that before.  I mean, it's....

LARRY WILMORE: Jon, we tapped it for 100 years.  See, that's the problem, there are no other moves.  Were we in love once?  Yes.  But, people change.  So do parties.

JON STEWART: Well, it sounds like the Republicans would very much like to rekindle the relationship by reminding you of the good times that you shared.

LARRY WILMORE: Right.  Yeah, you know what happens when you get back with someone.  You know, it's fun for a while, until you remember this is exactly how you felt before you caught them in bed with the Dixiecrats.

JON STEWART: The Republicans left the black, and now they want to come back.

(audience laughter and applause as Jon and Larry do a fist bump)

LARRY WILMORE: Nice!  I like how you switched it around.

JON STEWART: I switched it around.

LARRY WILMORE: Yeah, but you know, they're still pretending they didn't do anything.  You know, Jon, you can't disappear for 40 or 50 years and suddenly sashay back into Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles saying, "Hey baby, party at Lincoln's back!"  You know, that's so old!  Brothers don't even drive Lincolns anymore!

JON STEWART: Did you just compare Howard University to Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles?

LARRY WILMORE: It is a historically black meal, Jon.

JON STEWART: That's true.

LARRY WILMORE: Look, the point is, how can we trust you?  How can we trust that you've changed, if you're pretending it was always all good?

JON STEWART: Yeah, but I don't think that they're pretending it's all good.  I truly think they believe it.

LARRY WILMORE: But Jon, look, this is the Republican county commissioner in Kansas talking about fixing a roof last week.  OK?

NEWS REPORT (4/9/2013): ... the mistake that County Commissioner Jim Gile made using a racial slur in a previous county commission meeting.  He was talking about repairing a roof when he said:
4/2/2013:

SALINE COUNTY COMMISSIONER JIM GILE: I guarantee it would be the same if you go to niggerigging it.

OTHER COMMISSIONER: What did you say, Jimmy?

SALINE COUNTY COMMISSIONER JIM GILE: Afro-Americanizing it.  (laughs)

(audience gasps in horror and disgust)

LARRY WILMORE: No... no... he said "niggerigging".  And they want us back!?

JON STEWART: Is that better or worse than regular rigging?  Because I've not heard that.

LARRY WILMORE: I'm gonna guess that it's worse, Jon.  Look, point is, black people aren't coming back until the Republicans admit we aren't just dealing with accidental racism.  All right?  Because believe me, if the past 50 years have been some of that Brad Paisley/LL Cool J bygones-be-bygones shit, we'd have gone with the tax breaks.  Possible.

JON STEWART: All right.  Thank you, Larry.  Larry Wilmore, everybody.  We'll be right back.

Aasif Mandvi then looked at how the NCAA treats its student-athletes, and featured UCLA's own Ed O'Bannon about his lawsuit against them!
Meanwhile, Stephen also talked about Rand Paul, but more on the marijuana side of his views, with Reason editor Nick Gillespie.
Stephen also talked about how NASA plans to lasso an asteroid.
He then looked at the Times Square mascot ban.

Jon talked with actress Edie Falco, and Stephen talked with Cass Sunstein.

Originally posted to BruinKid on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 05:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Electronic America: Progressives Film, music & Arts Group.

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