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Are Democrats Starting to Lose It Already?
Power Line ^ | 8/16/12 | Steven Hayward

Posted on 08/16/2012 4:18:01 PM PDT by randita

Are Democrats Starting to Lose It Already?

One way in which this election is starting to resemble the 1980 election is that Democrats are starting to lose their grip and lash out in ways that even the mainstream media find over the top—like TV ads calling Romney a murderer, or Slow Joe Biden letting fly with the maxed-out race card.  Today one of MSNBC’s commentators, Toure (I guess he doesn’t have a first name?) charged Romney with the “niggerization” of Obama.  Not even Ron Burgundy could say “stay classy liberals” with a straight face at this point.

In the 1980 election, Jimmy Carter’s wild charges that Ronald Reagan was a racist backfired badly on him, and propelled the media to start writing about Carter’s “meanness” factor (which had been there all along to anyone who followed Carter’s Georgia career closely). A few samples from a certain great book (that everyone needs to have on their bookshelf):

The liberal columnist Richard Reeves wrote: “The Carter campaign is as mean-spirited as any you’ll see in American politics.  Where this meanness comes from is obvious to anyone who has watched Carter’s rise to the Presidency and the attempts to keep him there—it comes from the top, from Jimmy Carter.” . . .

Speaking at Martin Luther King’s Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on September 15, Carter said: “You’ve seen in this campaign the stirrings of hate and the rebirth of code words like ‘states’ rights’ in a speech in Mississippi, in a campaign  reference to the Ku Klux Klan relating to the south. . .

Carter and the Democrats had said they would try to rerun the Goldwater playbook, and perhaps believed that the media would amplify their caricature of Reagan in much the same way they did for Johnson in 1964.  They were wrong.  The media was harsh on Carter for his indulgence of race-baiting.  The New Republic:

“President Carter has made a grave moral error in trying to portray Ronald Reagan as a racist.”  Carter’s statements “are frightful distortions, bordering on outright lies.” Boston Globe columnist Curtis Wilkie wrote: “Just as surely as the werewolf grows long fangs and facial hair on a full moon, the darker side of President Carter emerges in election years.”  . . .

The editorial page of the Washington Post was savage:

‘Mr. Carter has abandoned all dignity in his round-the-clock attack on Mr. Reagan’s character and standing, jumping (in a most sanctimonious tone of voice) for “offenses” similar to many Mr. Carter himself has committed, and, most recently, concluding from all this that Mr. Reagan is a “racist” and a purveyor of “hatred.”  This description doesn’t fit Mr. Reagan.  What it fits, or more precisely, fits into, is Jimmy Carter’s miserable record of personally savaging political opponents (Hubert Humphrey, Edward Kennedy) whenever the going got rough. . . Jimmy Carter, as before, seems to have few limits beyond which he will not go in the abuse of opponents and reconstruction of history.’

Appearing in a back yard setting on October 6, Carter said: “You’ll determine whether or not this America will be unified or, if I lose the election, whether Americans might be separated, black from white, Jew from Christian, North from South, rural from urban.”

Reporters in the press pool couldn’t believe it, and the comment was the lead sound bite on all the network news broadcasts that night. . .   The network news spin was devastating to Carter.  NBC’s Chris Wallace said Carter’s comment “showed Mr. Carter as mean and unpresidential, Reagan as caring and mature.”  ABC’s Sam Donaldson said, “Carter campaign officials are deeply worried tonight that the President’s re-election is slipping away.”

Well, a few folks in the media are starting to note that the Democrats are the ones going over the line this time, too, such as Dan Balz in the Washington Post: Vice President Biden triggered the latest round Tuesday with lines that, had a Republican uttered them, probably would have set off an even bigger firestorm. He told an audience in Virginia that Romney would “unchain” big banks if elected and then added, “They’re going to put y’all back in chains.” 

Although Balz’s article is pitched as a “pox on both houses” kind of piece, a close reading will show that he thinks the Democrats are guilty of much the worse behavior.  Good of him, too, to note the media double-standard in these matters.  This was, after all, the same paper that made a federal case out of “macaca.” Look for liberals to get even more desperate if polls show Romney pulling ahead.  Those who don’t remember the past are fated to repeat it.  I’m guessing even liberals who do remember 1980 won’t be able to help themselves.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 57states; bho2012; chains; democrats; election2012; looneyleft; mediawingofthednc; mymuslimfaith; partisanmediashills; ratslosingit

1 posted on 08/16/2012 4:18:09 PM PDT by randita
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To: randita
Today one of MSNBC’s commentators, Toure (I guess he doesn’t have a first name?) charged Romney with the “niggerization” of Obama.

That is his first name. And everything is about race to him, he's a jackass.
2 posted on 08/16/2012 4:23:38 PM PDT by youngidiot (The name's Bond. James Bond. James Bond Jovi.)
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To: randita

OK—I’ll bite.

What is “niggerization,” and how do you go about “niggerizing” someone?


3 posted on 08/16/2012 4:24:30 PM PDT by Arm_Bears (Re-distribute my work ethic, not my wealth.)
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To: randita

The Dems may have started to “lose it,” but the media is right there with them. And I hope they all go down in the same ship.


4 posted on 08/16/2012 4:24:47 PM PDT by cld51860 (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: randita
“You’ve seen in this campaign the stirrings of hate and the rebirth of code words like ‘states’ rights’ in a speech in Mississippi,

States rights, code words???

What the hell planets atmosphere has that yahoo been breathing???

5 posted on 08/16/2012 4:26:30 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: youngidiot

We purportedly “can’t use” the “n-word” but can we use niggarization? I for one, am worried about the “niggarization” of anything or anyone. It sounds bad. Is it?


6 posted on 08/16/2012 4:26:58 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: hal ogen

If Oblammo was niggerized it just came natural.


7 posted on 08/16/2012 4:32:55 PM PDT by Gasshog (Tragically,Obama ate the blue dog...)
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To: Arm_Bears
...how do you go about “niggerizing” someone?

In this particular case, by calling 0bama "angry". I swear I'm not making that up, but Toure was.

8 posted on 08/16/2012 4:32:58 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: cld51860

Watch both the old msm and the Dems BOTH have a meltdown come November 6-7, 2012.


9 posted on 08/16/2012 4:34:20 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Billthedrill

In other words, by telling the truth about them—Got it.


10 posted on 08/16/2012 4:36:02 PM PDT by Arm_Bears (Re-distribute my work ethic, not my wealth.)
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To: randita

I want a 1984 + Minnesota!


11 posted on 08/16/2012 4:39:17 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: hal ogen
We purportedly “can’t use” the “n-word” but can we use niggarization? I for one, am worried about the “niggarization” of anything or anyone. It sounds bad. Is it?

It does sound bad. I have no idea what it's supposed to mean. He just made it up. Calling Obama "angry" is "niggerizing" him. Go figure.
12 posted on 08/16/2012 4:41:26 PM PDT by youngidiot (The name's Bond. James Bond. James Bond Jovi.)
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To: randita

Wow...I remember this all so well- though I’d forgotten how the even the liberal media couldn’t abide the horrible way Carter conducted himself.

That’s what’s so striking to me- as bad as the media was then- can anyone here even IMAGINE them taking on Obama this way? There actually WERE some standards we SHARED as Americans. Those days are gone- perhaps forever.

It may be all about race in the end. Sometimes I stop and think- what IF Obama were a white guy- with his mysterious background, marxist ideas and dishonesty? I do not think the dems would have put up with it. The leftists would have been marginalized instead of embraced.


13 posted on 08/16/2012 4:42:44 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: youngidiot

“He just made it up. Calling Obama “angry” is “niggerizing” him.”

Oh, come on. You’re generalizing again. Everyone knows that the 0bama, MO included, is and Angry Bird. ;>


14 posted on 08/16/2012 4:45:28 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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oops

and=an

Hmmmmm. Looking at the origin of the word, Romney is blacking 0bama? I thought his father did that. You mean it’s dye?


15 posted on 08/16/2012 4:47:29 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: combat_boots

In 1980 there was no Internet, CNN was a startup operation, and the media was controlled by network news & print.

I don’t recall this savaging of Carter, but sure do remember the media bias against Reagan. They painted him every night as a doddering old fool.


16 posted on 08/16/2012 4:52:25 PM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: Arm_Bears

... how do you go about “niggerizing” someone?

Ask these guys... and please... say "N-Wordize" or people will call you names.

17 posted on 08/16/2012 4:55:22 PM PDT by Kenton
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To: combat_boots

Clinton was called the first black president because he chased women, lied about it, was hounded by the law, and loved greasy food and Big Macs. No kidding - there was an editorial by a black writer making those points.

Add one more stereotype to that list-anger.

So if you call any black person angry, a woman chaser, a liar, a law breaker, or a glutton for greasy food, you’re a racist.


18 posted on 08/16/2012 5:07:54 PM PDT by randita (Paul Ryan is "Mr. Smith goes to Washington.")
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To: combat_boots

The NAACP wants the word “niggardly” removed from the dictionary.


19 posted on 08/16/2012 5:09:30 PM PDT by profit_guy
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To: profit_guy

Really? People will use it all the time then. Nothing like telling a person he can’t to inspire him to.


20 posted on 08/16/2012 5:16:02 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: randita

They have not yet begun to lose it.

I expect we will see liberal news people actually strip/rip off clothing on oar they are so worked up about it. I expect several real nervous breakdowns on air. Especially when they realize Obama is going to lose, and lose significantly.


21 posted on 08/16/2012 5:30:54 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Kenton

Too late.


22 posted on 08/16/2012 5:32:26 PM PDT by Arm_Bears (Re-distribute my work ethic, not my wealth.)
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To: EGPWS; All

They can’t help themselves, they are out in the Twinkie zone .

If you are unfamiliar with that particular place you take a trip thru space & time to the Twilight Zone then take a hard left turn & just keep on going. 8*>


23 posted on 08/16/2012 5:40:46 PM PDT by Nebr FAL owner
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To: randita

The phrase Toure was searching for was N****r baiting. It was the bread and butter of the Southern Democrats every election. Harry Byrd was talented at it, as was Sen. T. Bilbo, the entire Long clan starting with Huey. I have always considered it a vile tactic but most politicians still use it and accuse their opponents of using it.


24 posted on 08/16/2012 5:51:11 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: randita
A few samples from a certain great book (that everyone needs to have on their bookshelf):

Does anybody know what book is being referred to? I didn't see the name of the book being quoted in the article.

25 posted on 08/16/2012 5:53:34 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: youngidiot

Then again some folks might not mind being “niggerized”. Remember the white hip-hoppers in Dave Chappelle’s brilliant sketch about the blind black white supremacist high-fiving each other after Chappelle’s character calls “the N-word”.


26 posted on 08/16/2012 6:30:59 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: randita

“Today one of MSNBC’s commentators, Toure (I guess he doesn’t have a first name?) charged Romney with the “niggerization” of Obama. Not even Ron Burgundy could say “stay classy liberals” with a straight face at this point.”
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I find it amusing when the Left channel their inner wigger/whigger.


27 posted on 08/16/2012 7:26:26 PM PDT by Ms Mable
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To: randita

BTTT


28 posted on 08/16/2012 7:43:05 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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To: Col Frank Slade

“I don’t recall this savaging of Carter, but sure do remember the media bias against Reagan.”

That corresponds with my memories too. I don’t recall any harsh treatment of Carter, but I do remember a lot of ‘Bedtime for Bonzo’ sneers directed at Ray-gun. Meh. The American media has been crap for generations.


29 posted on 08/16/2012 8:21:01 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans. Don't read their lips. Watch their hands.)
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To: Psalm 144

I believe that this Toure’. Is named for Sekou Toure who was the first post- colonial president of Senegal back in the early 60s.


30 posted on 08/16/2012 8:37:42 PM PDT by Ax
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