WASHINGTON – Freshman Republican Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) said the only reason Barack Obama was elected president is that he’s “articulate” and “black.”
“Why was he elected? Again, it comes back to who he was. He was black, he was historic. And there’s nothing racist about this,” Walsh told Slate‘s Dave Weigel in an interview. “It is what it is. If he had been a dynamic, white, state senator elected to Congress he wouldn’t have gotten in the game this fast. This is what made him different.”
The Illinois Republican added that journalists “were in love with him because he pushed that magical button: a black man who was articulate, liberal, the whole white guilt, all of that.”
Walsh argued that the “white guilt” factor and Obama’s African-American ethnicity is why media will continue to “protect” him in the 2012 election.
“I pity the candidate running against him, because it will continue,” he said. “That profession will protect him, and they will crucify whoever the Republican nominee is.”
In his six months as congressman, Walsh has appeared on prime time cable news or Sunday talk shows 28 times, Weigel reports, more than any other freshman. An unabashed tea partier, he said this week on Fox that Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) should be “ashamed of himself” for speaking out against the GOP plan to phase out Medicare.