A grand total of three, to be precise:
- Nigel Innis, presently running for Congress in Nevada’s Fourth Congressional District.
- Creationist and anti-equality activist Ben Carson.
- Former 2012 presidential candidate and catapult enthusiast Herman Cain
Yet in all three examples provided by Cain, the individuals were attacked for their political extremism, with the significance of their race never being mentioned.
On Nigel Innis:
A press release distributed on Friday by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee lambastes Niger as radical, out-of-touch, extreme and all that sort of typical nonsense. I especially like how the people who passed ObamaCare and have run up more than $7 trillion in new debt over the past five years accuse Niger of having "controversial views."
On Ben Carson:
The Democrats attack Niger for agreeing with Dr. Carson when he said "white liberals are the most racist people out there." That statement is the truth, and I am glad the DCCC called the public’s attention to it by bringing it up.
In the press release, Tyrone Gayle of the DCCC says "it's hard to envision Innis bringing commonsense solutions to the table" because he is – get this – a "Herman Cain acolyte." First of all, Niger Innis is no one's "acolyte." He is a highly intelligent man who thinks for himself and knows what he believes. But he is a friend and he and I have supported each other and continue to do so. So why, DCCC, would his association with me suggest that his ability to offer good ideas is unimaginable?"
First, to answer Cain's question about why an association with himself would be seen as negative, it could have something to do with his frequent rantings about socialism and communism, a budget plan stolen from SimCity, or his insistence that the sexual harassment allegations which ended his presidential aspirations were the work of Satan.
More importantly, Cain deliberately neglects that Innis, Carson and himself were all ridiculed for their political ideologies, and not in any way for their race. They were not accused of being black nationalists, Muslim or Kenyan -- they were accused of being far-right extremists, a label which knows no racial designations.
Effectively, what Herman Cain is suggesting through this column is that Innis, Carson and he were off limits because they were black.
Which, of course, begs the question: Isn't that precisely what the Tea Party has spent the last five years screaming at the top of their lungs about President Obama supposedly doing?
Apparently, playing "the race card" is just peachy when it's a Republican doing it.