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Liberal comedian Janeane Garofalo told Keith Olbermann the other night that she thinks somebody is paying Herman Cain to run for president and that because he is black he helps the Republican Party deflect charges that they are racist.

Garofalo: In this presidential race, because he deflects the racism that—that  is inherent in the Republican party, the conservative movement, the Tea Party certainly, and the last 30 years the Republican Party has been moving more and more to the right, but also race-baiting more,  gay-baiting more, religion-baiting more, but Herman Cain I feel like he’s being paid by somebody to be involved and to run for President so that—so that “Oh yeah, you can be racist, it’s a black guy, it’s a black guy asking for Obama to be impeached” or “It’s a black guy who’s anti-Muslim” or “It’s a black guy who’s a Tea Party guy,” and I feel like, well wouldn’t that suit the purposes of whomever astroturfs these things, whether it be the Koch brothers or ALEC or Grover Norquist or any religious—any anything, or it could even be Karl Rove. Let’s get Herman Cain involved so it deflects the obvious racism of our Republican Party.

Olbermann: Well, I mean, would that be separate of his delusions of grandeur, or were they—were they just taking advantage of it—

Garofalo: He’s a businessman.

Once again it’s the liberals that bring up the race card but this time instead of just calling conservatives and the Tea Party racists, Garofalo  charges that Cain is some kind of shill to make the Republican Party appear to be more diverse or inclusive. The only thing Garofalo and Olbermann got right was that Cain is a businessman and a very successful one to boot.

But Garofalo wasn’t done with just bringing up the race card.

Garofalo: Yeah, whoever pays him, and he may have a touch of Stockholm Syndrome. There may be a touch of Stockholm Syndrome in there because anytime I see a person of color or a female in the Republican party or the conservative movement or the Tea Party, I wonder how they could be trying to curry favor with the oppressors, is it Stockholm Syndrome, or does somebody pay them?

Olbermann: Is there an explanation for Sarah Palin, because I thought in 2008 that—and they even—they went out and said that they pursued Hillary Clinton supporters in hopes of peeling them away from—from, Obama, both in the initial stages of it right after the election they just thought they—they’d get support and many of the—of the Republican women have associated themselves with Hillary Clinton as they run for the nomination this time. Is that the same thing, or do you think the women Republican candidates, conceivably Mrs. Palin, of course Mrs. Bachmann, are just nuts?

Garofalo: Oh I have no idea if they’re quote-unquote “nuts” or opportunists or they enjoy the attention or money—whatever it is—but uh, there is I would say the same thing for any female that’s involved in conservative politics or a conservative movement or any kind of fundamentalist movement. If you’re supportive of it and involved in it and enthusiastic about it, is it Stockholm Syndrome, is it a self-loathing issue, and believe me I know what I’m talking about with self-loathing—

So Garofalo is saying that just because Cain is, in her words, a “person of color” and that Palin and Bachmann are women, then they all must be suffering from Stockholm Syndrome because otherwise they wouldn’t associate themselves with the Tea Party or the GOP. Now that’s liberal crazy talk.

Garofalo did tell Olbermann that Palin was very charismatic but she didn’t understand why anyone would support her or Michele Bachmann.

Garofalo: That has nothing to do with gender, but—but why a person of color is involved in the Republican party or the Tea Party or conservative politics, or the faux libertarian—it’s now the latest thing to claim you’re libertarian—to throw people off—off  the scent of you being a Republican,or to claim Ayn Rand being something to you. It’s just—it’s just a—a—a—bunch of nonsense. The Tea Party is—is so obviously racist—and also the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups in this country, hate groups in this country are at an all-time high—record highs—and have been spiking since Obama announced. I don’t think that’s a coincidence. Racism is—is part of the fabric of this country, unfortunately. How could it not exist when there’s a black President?

And the President and the Democrats wonder why conservatives and liberals have such a difficult time trying to get along these days?

Garofalo is entitled to her opinion but if Olbermann wants to be considered a legitimate journalist or television anchor he should at the very least ask that his guests be held to some small standard of accuracy. But that’s probably asking too much for a former MSNBC alum.

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