Skip to comments.Playing the Racism Card and Probably Winning (If you're GOP/Conservative/Tea Party-you're a racist!)
Posted on 08/27/2012 5:59:40 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Over at the Plum Line, theyre saying that Romney is channeling Lee Atwater. Lee Atwater is one of the nasty playground bullies who adhered to the Republican party like a piece of used toilet paper, lowering its reputation and making way for ethically-challenged, anything goes politicians the Republican party now has in the House and on its campaign trails.
When Atwater died, he left behind Rove and other dodgy characters like Dick Armey to carry on the rights effort to fracture and pillage America. Their kind of narrow self-interest has been emblematic of Republican politics for thirty years now. Racism? Sure, why not! Just another perfectly usable tool, particularly in the current campaign.
The latest report from Pew Research provides insight into why the Romney campaign has adopted the Lee Atwater playbook for winning elections. Just five years ago, party identification among white voters was near parity 46 percent identified as Republican, 44 percent as Democrat. Now, Republicans have a twelve point advantage among white voters, 52 percent to 40 percent. Overall, the GOP has become incredibly homogenous 87 precent of self-identified Republicans are white, compared to just 61 percent of self-identified Democrats. With blacks, Latinos and other nonwhites so adamantly opposed to the GOP, Romneys only hope for winning the election is massive turnout from white voters. Plum Line, WaPo
A substantial group of whites in America are doing their best to hang on to majority rule. In terms of real population numbers, whites are losing majority status. But whether these rightwing use racist language or harrass those others at polling places or sink millions into campaigns in the hope that their kind of leadership will keep those other people down, theyre determined to destroy American diversity and turn the nation into something that no longer resembles America.
And they could win in November. No question about it. Not in the long run. But theyve been doing one helluva lot of damage to the country in the shorter run.
The same issue is raised by Ezra Klein at WaPos Wonkblog today.
Click through the videos section of Mitt Romneys Web site and youll see something odd: His campaign is running more ads about welfare than just about any other issue. Of the 12 most recent ads posted, five are about welfare. Thats more than the number dedicated to health care (four) or introducing Paul Ryan (one) or the economy (one). Romneys ad warns that, under Obamas plan, you wouldnt have to work and you wouldnt have to train for a job. They just send you a check and welfare to work goes back to being plain old welfare. Ezra Klein, WaPo
But wait a minute! In reality, welfare is a non-issue, or should be.
Beyond being flatly false, Romneys ads are puzzlingly anachronistic. Welfare is a shrunken program. Where it helped 68 of every 100 families in poverty in 1996, it only helped 27 of every 100 families in poverty in 2010. Meanwhile, few think the problem in this country is that the poor dont want to work. Rather, its that millions of Americans the poor and undereducated most of all cant find work no matter how hard they try. Its as if a political strategy from 1992 slipped through a wormhole and began playing out in 2012. Ezra Klein, WaPo
True. And the reason is? These ads, when shown to racists, stir up racism.
And which party do racists vote for? You dont need a reiteration of the answer to that one! But in case you dont quite believe that racism is so rampant (and so absurd), the responses have been studied and the numbers crunched by Michael Tesler, a political scientist.
Tesler has shown that racial attitudes appear to be bleeding into almost everything in the Obama era. In one study, he found that voters with higher levels of racial resentment were more likely to oppose the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor if they heard Obamas name than if they didnt. A similar experiment found the same held true for health-care reform. In a third study, he showed respondents a picture of a Portuguese Water Dog and told half it was Ted Kennedys dog and the other half it was Obamas dog. When respondents with higher levels of racial resentment heard it was Obamas dog, they were more likely to disapprove of it.
Yes, you read that right: In the Obama era, racial attitudes are even influencing voter opinions about the presidents dog. ...Ezra Klein, WaPo
Thats who we are, like it or not.
People know themselves if they are racists or not. Don’t think the voters will be depending on the Samuel L. Jacksons and Chrissy Matthews of the world to paste that label again. It was only good for one round.
List the “Great Moderates” in history...”...Crickets...Chirping...”
There ARE NONE...
In Politics the Middle Way is NO way at all. John Adams
Q: How do you know you are winning an argument with a liberal?
A: They call you a racist.
Throw it right back in their faces, like Newt did to “Tingles” today. Never accept their premise. Don’t defend against “stop beating your wife” lies. Instead, counter-attack and talk about the ‘Rats keeping blacks addicted to welfare programs, for easy votes. The soft bigotry of low expectations. Etc.
Lee Atwater was probably the first conservative who understood Saul Alinsky and was willing to charge the ground that Alinsky was claiming for the left. That is why he is still so vilified by the left.
The trend of the RINO’s to “not offend” has only lost election after election. It is beyond time for US to force those who we elect to represent US.
I will be watching the events in Tampa with a keen eye on who represents me. I know that my fellow Freepers will be doing the same.
May the Lord guide those in Tampa and the American electorate to an American resurrection.
Before you start flaming, Mitt was not my choice in the primaries. Right now, it has to be anybody but 0bama.
Lee Atwater hmmm? Dead lo these many years and still hated by Democrats for being an effective push-back campaigner for the GOP. Then there is Karl Rove who mysteriously caused Bush’43 to win 2 elections when he obviously had no chance. They especially hate Rove for not having Bush concede at 4PM on Election Day 2004 when Kerry-Edwards had so obviously won it all.
No mention here of the Obama Chicago machine and its ethics, none at all. Remember getting courts to open sealed divorce records for opposition dirt? Not just once but twice for Obama’s 2004 Senate race.
Plum Line has no memory and looks to me to be deep blue, DNC Blue! Same for Ezra!
If rejecting Obama is racism, celebrate racism. Racism is just a word that no longer has meaning.
Lee Atwater was a giant and perhaps one of the most effective GOP chairs in the history of the party. Had he not been taken so soon, this guy would’ve singlehandedly stopped Clintoon’s election. Nobody has come close to this guy’s talent and courage.
Neither Gay nor Racism mean what they did 60 years ago. Isn't Liberalism "wonderful"?
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