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Pam's House Blend
|This country has so many issues ahead of us, the economy, Iraq,
health care, our shredded civil liberties, yet the fact that we as a
country still cannot discuss race; we deny the role it plays in the
political discourse when discussing Obama. There isn't a discussion
of the tried and true race-baiting tactics that have been used by
both parties to stoke fear in the Base of The Black Man at the polls
(remember the Harold Ford ads?). Will there be an honest discussion
about these political tactics and how they will play out in 2008, or
will pundits dance around it, making only veiled references because
a frank discussion about race and its toxic role in political
elections makes people uncomfortable.
After running that cowardly, vile Freeper post about Obama the night
he won in Iowa, several people have posted about it. A recap of the
Did the weakest Dem candidate for the general election won tonight?
I think so.
By sending forth Hussein Osama out of Iowa, Democrats have
unwittingly weakened their general election prospects.
Hussein's exotic mixture of radical liberalism, Kwanzaa Socialism,
antipathy towards the unborn, and weakness against his jihadi
brethren will all come back to destroy him against almost any
Republican opponent, even the snake-grope from Hope.
I think we as Republicans should be celebrating tonight at the
coronation of Hussein, in whose presence millions of Democrat women,
from elementary school teachers to journalism majors to law school
grads to dykes on bikes will go weak in their knees.
As defenders of this great Republic, and of the pinnacle of Western
civilization that it represents, we should all come together tonight
and agree on a common strategy that will keep the White House from
becoming a madrassa.
God Bless America, Land of the Free.
Some thought that there's no point bringing attention to the bigoted
fringe element, others thought this is the tip of the iceberg and it
should not go unnoticed.
For me it's not about elevating these bottom-feeder attacks, per se,
it's showing how
raw people are willing to be under the cover of anonymity, and it
gives license for other veiled attacks (remember, Hillary's
supporters were caught with their pants down perpetuating the Muslim
smear in Iowa). Hillary's supporters/camp has tried to "go there"
with the casual raising of Obama's drug use as a teen to get that
story back into media play.
Freepers may be fringe, but if you've got Dem supplicants willing to
go there who aren't crazy, you can imagine the unending drumbeat of
similar race-baiting that will go on in the mainstream GOP. And we
all know what kind of third party Republican mailers end up in
mailboxes not tied to the party. It's going to be toned down very
little from what that Freeper said in that post, the GOP will decry
the tactics, but the low-information voters can be swayed. The
people who honestly don't think they are racist, but can be
influenced by what we think is ridiculous propaganda.
Remember John Kerry and the Swift Boat attacks. He thought ignoring
it and taking the high road would pass as a "response." How wrong he
was. Rovian tactics of repeating lies so often that they become a
truth to the target audience is time tested.
For every fringe element there will be less ham-handed but equally
offensive tactics used by the GOP to race-bait and hide behind the
cover of "I'm not racist look over there at the Free Republic."Note
the community guidelines of the FR actually ban people for racist
posts, so obviously this sort of thing passes muster as fair game.
The key is to make the GOP answer for its Base. They court this
vote, they own it.
Obama's success has again raised the issue of his safety, given the
crazies out there. Chris Rabb of Afro-Netizen reacting to the
It would seem that Obama's that much more of a threat to these
hateful hordes among us in blue and red states alike, as evinced in
a recent racist blog post by anonymous coward hiding safely behind a
computer somewhere between sea to shining sea. (Hat tip to
über-blogger Pam Spaulding.)
I fear Obama's fate as a front-runner. I think about murdered
politico Bobby Kennedy -- an ultra-wealthy White public servant, and
the fear he instilled in an unknown mass of the White citizenry in
1968. And my concern heightens that much more for Senator Obama and
his family amidst of his auspicious win this evening.
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