National Review Trades Black Clergymen

Dwight McKissicConservatives are looking very hard for actual evidence to back up the storyline they’ve concocted that Barack Obama’s support for same-sex marriage will hurt him in some statistically significant way with black voters.

As National Review’s Noah Glyn writes here, they’ve already lost one example with Rev. Emmett Burns, a Maryland pastor who first said he would stay home in 2012 after Obama’s decision. Already Burns has changed his mind, noting that while he disagrees with Obama’s position, he will support his re-election.

So what does Glyn do? Find another black clergyman! He cites the example of Reverend Dwight McKissic of Cornerstrone Baptist Church who tells National Review just the kind of claptrap they want to hear: “The moral impact of this decision is equal to the military impact of al-Qaeda when they attacked the Twin Towers on 9/11.”

The article goes on to cite McKissic as if he were just a man of the cloth upset with Obama.

Except he sounds a little crazy if you dig in just a little. In 2005 McKissic blamed New Orleans’ sin for the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, claiming that “New Orleans flaunts sin in a way that no other places do” and that “There are 10 abortion clinics in Louisiana; five of those are in New Orleans. They have a Southern Decadence parade every year and they call it gay pride.”

As a result, McKissic claimed, “When you study Scripture, it’s not out of the boundaries of God to punish a nation for sin and because of sin. When I look at our country, at what’s happening, and what’s happening in New Orleans in particular, it’s not beyond the realm of possibility.”

Just the kind of crazy talk you might expect from someone offering up a juicy anti-Obama quote to National Review.

I don’t doubt that a majority of black voters probably disagree with President Obama on same-sex marriage. I think historically the black community in America has had problems accepting homosexuality. But while they are culturally conservative on this issue (as they are with others), they tend not to vote on these issues in presidential contests. If so, Republicans who have campaigned against gay rights would have done better with black voters in the last few elections.

In the worst case scenario I expect Obama will do as well with black voters as he did in 2008, no matter how many obscure, off-the-wall clergymen the National Review decides to interview.

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  • Justanotherrighty

    Pres Obama will not do as well with blacks in 2012 as he did in 2008. But it will not be because he now supports (halfheartedly) gay marriage, although that may cause a small dip in support. The greater dip will come because blacks have already voted for the first Afro-American president.
    The turn out among Catholics was huge for John Kennedy, as was the turn out for Mario Cuomo in New York amongst Italians. When he ran again, Italians voted more typically.
    I am sure the support for Pres Obama amongst blacks will be very strong – greater than 90% – but, still, less than 2008.

  • fafaroo

    Dude. In case you hadn’t noticed, Oliver abandoned this blog months ago. I keep checking in to see if he’ll ever offer any kind of explanation. I’m guessing now he will not which is a shame. Its a pretty shitty thing to do to his loyal readers. But whatevs. He’s moved on. So will I.

    • Patrick Grady

      fafaroo,

      Why would he? It’s not like he ever interacted with his readers except to toss off a cheap, false-equivalence insult at one of the few conservatives who had time to take his posts seriously.

      All he ever did (aside from a few self serving “hey look at me in the White House!” posts) was lay out the red meat and watch you guys befoul the comments section with profanity and insults.

      Oh, I guess that does remind me of the couple times he called for civility and promised to clean house, but those never came to anything either.

      But even that’s not entirely fair. After his dog and his grandfather (or uncle?) died, he wasn’t the same. And it’s been getting progressively (no pun intended) harder to defend Obama as well. It’s pretty clear his heart is no longer in it. And a liberal blogger whose heart isn’t in it might as well hang it up. So it looks like that’s what’s happening. JMO.

  • oi ly

    What really bugs me is that all my comments have been moderated into oblivion and humid seems to get 14 horrible posts the gate! WTF?

  • oi ly

    I think you’re right, db. This blog has become unreadable and a very unpleasant space because of Dufty. I just don’t get why OW doesn’t do take corrective action.

  • db

    All,

    I now see what “Dufty/Humid/BA” is accomplishing. 14 of the 17 responses to this article are his droppings. He has in effect stopped everyone else from commenting here. His goal may be to hamstring the site & break up the community. Certainly I enjoyed my exchanges with (by no means an exclusive list) DA, Enlightened Liberal, Mr. Strowbridge, Mr. Foxx, Ol Froth, & Mambo.

    No “Dufty”. I’m not going away.

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  • db

    One of the most important lessons I got from the Civics class my Senior Year in High School was that if one looks hard enough one can find an “expert” who says just about anything. And those were the days of cuneiform writing, before the internet. Much easier to find now.

  • merl

    Sounds like a black Falwell to me.

  • Patrick Grady

    Rev. McKissic must be a racist.

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