Skip to comments.Liberal Columnist: These Devastating 'You Didn't Build That' Attacks Sure Are Racist
Posted on 07/27/2012 2:32:49 PM PDT by Kaslin
Like the rising of the sun in the east and its setting in the west, one can always count on some element of the Left to resort to the 'R-word' to shield President Obama from the consequences of his own words and actions. Today, the inevitable officially occurred. Take it away, Jonathan Chait:
Mitt Romney’s plan of blatantly lying about President Obama’s “you didn’t build that” speech is clearly drawing blood. But what makes the attack work so well is not so much the lie itself but the broader subtext of it. Watch Obama’s delivery in the snippet put together by this Republican ad: The key thing is that Obama is angry, and he’s talking not in his normal voice but in a “black dialect.” This strikes at the core of Obama’s entire political identity: a soft-spoken, reasonable African-American with a Kansas accent. From the moment he stepped onto the national stage, Obama’s deepest political fear was being seen as a “traditional” black politician, one who was demanding redistribution from white America on behalf of his fellow African-Americans.
Wow! Obama was speaking in his "black dialect" when he made those remarks? Does Chait have access to a special decoder ring that allows him to divine such dialectical interpretations? There's a whiff of racism here, alright, but it isn't emanating from where Chait thinks it is. As disgusting and obnoxious as it is, Chait's sub-moronic column is unalloyed good news. Liberals have moved from largely ignoring "you didn't build that," hoping it would magically go away, to shouting "out of context!" in unison, to flagrant, idiotic race-baiting. (MSNBC actually beat Chait to this punch, albeit from a slightly different perspective). Put bluntly, this is panic mode. The Wall Street Journal's Kimberly Strassel has an inkling of why the desperation is setting in:
The Obama campaign has elevated poll-testing and focus-grouping to near-clinical heights, and the results drive the president's every action: his policies, his campaign venues, his targeted demographics, his messaging. That Mr. Obama felt required—teeth-gritted—to address the "you didn't build that" meme means his vaunted focus groups are sounding alarms. The obsession with tested messages is precisely why the president's rare moments of candor—on free enterprise, on those who "cling to their guns and religion," on the need to "spread the wealth around"—are so revealing. They are a look at the real man.
Ed Morrissey also notes the Obama campaign's worries over the shrinking 'gender gap,' which is why his campaign has put out an ad lying about Mitt Romney's position on abortion:
Obama for America TV Ad: "Troubled"
Even the irredeemably liberal "fact-checker," Politifact, awards this spot a "pants on fire" rating. Why? Because like the majority of Americans, Romney is pro-life -- but he does not support outright bans, even in (extremely rare) cases of rape and incest. It's a desperate and false claim. But while we're on the subject of abortion policy extremism, do you know who voted three times against banning post-birth infanticide of babies who survived botched abortions, then lied about it? Take a wild guess. I'll leave you with two polling data points, one heartening, the other not so much:
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows Mitt Romney attracting 49% of the vote, while President Obama earns support from 44%. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided. The numbers are similar to the 49% to 43% advantage Romney enjoys on the question of who is trusted more to handle the economy.
An interesting -- although not necessarily meaningful -- catch by Business Insider: Four years ago today, the Rasmussen tracker had Obama leading McCain by the exact same margin, 49-44. Meanwhile, We Ask America has a poll out showing Obama ahead of Romney in must-win Ohio by eight points. In this survey, Romney actually leads with independents, but loses nearly 20 percent (!) of the Republican vote to Obama. Color me intensely skeptical. Obama didn't even come close to that sort of crossover appeal in 2008, when he was at his zenith of popularity.
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EVERYTHING becomes clear when you see the truth. Thanks for the links.
I am sure that when Obamaidiot is removed from the White House, these same idiot-ridden morons will likewise tout “racism”. One day soon, these idiots will learn that throwing the race card is irrelevant to the majority of Americans today because they are sick and tired of it being thrown unnecessarily. =.=
quoting the President is now racist
The fact is Romney has been one of the most staunch pro-abortion advocates nearly all his adult life. Nice of them to leave that out.
But they have won almost everything they go after. The GOP always surrenders. Conservatism is losing to the left BIG TIME - just look around.
Writers, such as Jonathan Chait, are making charges of racism and racist to be badges of honor and to be signs of superior intellect.
This is all they can come up with after a week long MAJOR face palm moment. Delicious!
But they have won almost everything they go after. The GOP always surrenders. Conservatism is losing to the left BIG TIME
Both Wilson and FDR thought they would advance to a full blown socialist dictatorship right then and there and ended with failure. We as a nation beat the odds both times. Everywhere else in the world, when legislation failed to enact the communist agenda they resorted to guns and shooting their opposition.
Now all the socialists, both the Fabians and the revolutionary types, (the political elite) think that Obama will get them their utopia right now. That is the reason for the elite picking Romney, the weakest of the possible candidates. As weak as he is, Romney is having to dig fast to remain weaker than Obama. The elite are becoming rather frantic because the voters are becoming aware of their manipulations.
Good catch. That was laughable BS. They are constantly trying to rewrite Obama’s biography to fit into their pre-defined script, because the truth is butt ugly. Kansas accent? Since when!
This whole piece is the rehash of the JOURNOLIST fiasco where leftist journalists conspired to call Fred Barnes and George Will “racists”, without evidence, in a deliberate attempt to shut them down and force them to address the charge. Journolist was revealed and the group was destroyed in disgrace.
This racism is an unconscionable charge when it has no basis, and the NAACP and Congressional Black Caucus are guilty of it as well. This whole “Tea Party are racist” crap was part and parcel of the attack to having to avoid superior arguments. If they cannot beat you intellectually, which is most of the time, they know they can win by calling you racist.
“People from Kansas do not have an accent”
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but EVERY region in the US has an “accent”. It may not be noticeable to people who actually live there, but it’s there. I’ve lived in several different regions of the US, and my speech pattern is weird now because it’s mixed with different pronunciations for some words vs. the way I spoke growing up - and now that I’m living up North in Wisconsin I’m having trouble keeping the proper pronunciation of words like “boat”, “about”, and “Minnesota”. It’s just the way it goes...
Here’s an interesting website for further info:
From KU(The University of Kansas)’s International Dialects of English Archive (IDEA) web page for the state of Kansas;
I want a Republican ad:
The ENTIRE video of the comments made my Obama about ‘You didn’t build that”—applause & pauses & ALL of it....
Followed by the first 10 or seconds of Obama’s new ad stating ‘that he is being taken out of context & that it is flat out wrong’ for anyone to believe he said what he said in that campaign speech.
Follow that with the graphics:
VOTE FOR ROMNEY
Use Obama’s words directly against him.
Obama lies with impunity.
Thanks for the link to the web page. Glanced at it briefly but will spend more time later.
I grew up in Kansas. Even though Kansas City spans two states, the Kansas side was more like another country, rather than just on the west side of the river. People from Kansas City, Missouri, whom we thought were snobs, thought we were all country bumpkins.