Ousted Fla GOP Head Expresses Regret

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Wed, 09-15-2010 - 12:14pm


Indicted former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer says he has discovered "racist views" within the GOP and is sorry he helped fuel a national firestorm last year over a speech by President Obama to America's schoolchildren.

The Florida GOP didn't respond to Greer's accusation. Palm Beach County Republican Chairman Sid Dinerstein called Greer "pathetic" and accused him of trying to damage the party and help his old friend, Republican-turned-independent Gov. Charlie Crist, in his Senate bid against GOP nominee Marco Rubio.

When the White House last year announced plans for the president to deliver a back-to-school message to students, Greer accused Obama of seeking to indoctrinate the nation's youth in "socialist ideology."

Since then, Greer has been ousted from his party post and indicted on fraud, theft and money-laundering charges stemming from his partnership in a consulting firm that got a 10 percent cut of donations to the GOP. Greer has pleaded not guilty.

On Saturday, current Florida GOP Chairman John Thrasher said the party is considering suing Greer, Crist and Greer's former top aide to recover "inappropriate expenses" they billed to the party.

Greer's attorney called the party's threats "political grandstanding."

Greer today said the timing of his Monday night statement wasn't related to Saturday's actions but to coincide with Obama's second back-to-school address, which was delivered today in Philadelphia without the hullabaloo that accompanied last year's remarks.

"In the year since I issued a prepared statement regarding President Obama speaking to the nation's school children, I have learned a great deal about the party I so deeply loved and served," Greer's statement said. "Unfortunately, I found that many within the GOP have racist views and I apologize to the President for my opposition to his speech last year and my efforts to placate the extremists who dominate our Party today. My children and I look forward to the President's speech."

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Cynic: a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.---Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary.

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Cynic: a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.---Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary.

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Wed, 09-15-2010 - 3:36pm

Both Atwater and Greer made their living through demagoguery and both came to regret it, in Atwater's case through the Bush41 campaign, in Greer's case through trying to make a mountain out of a molehill from Obama's speech to the nation's schoolchildren. Bith have publicly denounced their demagoguery.

I'm not sure why you are dragging Massa into the discussion, unless it's an attempt to put makeup on the black eye that the "Family Values" party is receiving in Florida from one of their own through his charges of racism within the party.

dablacksox



Cynic: a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.---Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary.

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Cynic: a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.---Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary.

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Wed, 09-15-2010 - 3:39pm

because Greer, like Massa, is full of poop.



Atwater was sincere.



Thats about as simply as I can state it. If you dont see that, then partisan hopes of finding a smoking gun on non existent GOP system wide racism has blinded you.



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Wed, 09-15-2010 - 4:32pm

I just figured out what exactly is happening that gets peoples' backs up...It is absolutely possible to disagree with someone without making it personal. By personal, I mean making statements:

1. Regarding how blind someone is.
2. Anything about "drinking the Kool-aid."
3. Making statements suggesting someone educate themselves (implying that the person they are speaking to hasn't already researched the topic).
4. Making statements that a person is disagreeing because they don't like the messenger (implying that if the messenger was someone else, the person would be fickle enough to change their mind).

These are examples off the top of my head. I'm sure there are more. Perhaps we could all keep this stuff in mind when posting and when in doubt, leave it out.

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Wed, 09-15-2010 - 4:36pm
I know. I'm in Florida. It's a clear cut case of sour grapes.

>>Luck is what you call it when preparation meets opportunity<<
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Wed, 09-15-2010 - 4:38pm

Sounds like the guy as an axe to grind and the timing, waiting an entire year to feel guilty and apologize, is more than suspicious. Perhaps though, he figured he

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Wed, 09-15-2010 - 4:49pm

Hmmmmm, may I add one??? Don't stick to your failing guns on a post such as this one. I know so many want to believe that this crook's story is REALLY proof, finally, of what they have been told and want to believe, but come on...



I REALLY wanted to believe what Massa was saying...cuz it fit so well what I thought, or wanted to believe about Rahm, and the President...but, after reading and listening for about 5 minutes to his

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Wed, 09-15-2010 - 4:56pm
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Wed, 09-15-2010 - 5:00pm

Some people are simply too easily offended. Sometimes it's warranted but many times it's not. We can't control what someone else thinks or feels but we certainly can control our reactions to them--or we should be able to.

>>Luck is what you call it when preparation meets opportunity<<
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Wed, 09-15-2010 - 5:00pm
4. Making statements that a person is disagreeing because they don't like the messenger (implying that if the messenger was someone else, the person would be fickle enough to change their mind).





I would add the reverse of this as well, as in attacking the messenger, whether they are another poster or a public figure, because you don't like the message.





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Wed, 09-15-2010 - 5:06pm
It's easy enough to debate without adding those little "extras." It has nothing to do with "being offended."