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Race-baiting former Memphis mayor Willie Herenton suffers indignity of losing to white guy in black Memphis district

I got downright giddy typing that headline.  Sugar rush, I tell ya.  Wait…sugar is white, isn’t it?  I must be a racist.

Oh, yeah, the story:

Elsewhere in Tennessee primary results Thursday, Rep. Steve Cohen easily dispatched with former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton in the 9th district Democratic race. Cohen had 79 percent of the vote to 21 percent for Herenton, with 78 percent of precincts reporting.

Cohen, who is white, first won the majority-black Memphis-based district in 2006 and race has been the focus of his two primaries since then. After handily defeating attorney Nikki Tinker in the 2008 contest, this cycle Cohen got the endorsement of President Barack Obama and support from the Congressional Black Caucus (which saw some of its members aid Tinker in 2008).

For those of you who don’t know Herenton’s history, here’s the condensed version:

Willie Herenton (a black man) used to be superintendent of Memphis’ abysmal city school system.  He “resigned” for sexually harrassing a subordinate.  His revenge was to run for mayor of Memphis, a predominantly black city, and won a narrow race (146 votes) in 1991.  His 17-year reign of incompetence and shame ended when he resigned in 2008.  During his reign, the city’s crime, poverty, illegitimacy, and welfare dependency rates skyrocketed, while its school system and academic achievement levels rapidly deteriorated.  Herenton was not well-liked at all, even by the black community.  So how did he keep getting re-elected?  Simple: Vote for me, because my opponent is a cracka.  Worked every time.  Until now.

Congressman Steve Cohen (a white man) represents a racially gerrymandered district in Memphis.  He has now survived two consecutive primaries, both of which saw his black opponents run a campaign of “Why you votin’ for a cracka Jewboy?  Vote for me, ‘cuz my skin is darker!”  Amazingly, Cohen withstood both attacks, and by impressive margins.

Don’t get me wrong: Cohen is a horrible man, a barking moonbat of the highest order.  I take no pleasure in the knowledge that he is an elected official.  But you must indulge me as I take heaping, copious amounts of pleasure in seeing Herenton go down faster than Monica Lewinsky in her presidential kneepads!

August 6, 2010 - Posted by | bigotry, Memphis


  1. The lopsided victory for Cohen was within one number of what the polls reflected last week 78-21 for Cohen. At that time Slick Willie dismissed the poll because his own personal Herenton poll had it a dead heat.
    There is a smattering of voters who think there must be an electronic voting machine malfunction because of such a butt whuppin’!
    But you’re right Crush as the pygmy rattlesnake beat the eastern diamondback this time. But beware as they’re both still rattlesnakes.

    Comment by tnjack | August 6, 2010

  2. A Conservative Black Republican Woman in Memphis won the Republican primary yesterday. A Conservative Black Republican Woman in Memphis won the Republican primary yesterday.

    I wrote that twice since anyone familiar with the area not living here would not believe that such a person exists…….but she does. It will be interesting to see if the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee will get behind her and offer up some support. She likely has the chance of a snowball in hell of beating Cohen but she is trying.

    Comment by Lee | August 6, 2010

  3. BTW tnjack, I loved the rattlesnake analogy!

    Comment by Lee | August 7, 2010

  4. Herenton’s campaign slogan was “Just One”…meaning there should be at least one black in the TN delegation. Now, if 17,000 voters went for Herenton because they agreed with that, then I can safely assume black GOP candidate Bergmann will get all those votes in November…Right? Right?

    Comment by The Truth Hurts | August 7, 2010

  5. A guy can dream, Truth. A guy can dream. 😀

    Comment by crushliberalism | August 7, 2010

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