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Race baiting alive and well?

Photographer Rachel Hulin found this flier being distributed while campaigning in Northern Wisconsin:


Mind you, she was campaigning for the Democrats and the Obama campaign, and they weren't distributing this flier. She found out about it when a worried older Democrat brought it in to the field office.

This is the area of the country that my family comes from (my dad was born at Ashland Hospital, my grandfather died in Ashland). Most folks are as white as the snow that blankets the land for way too many months of the year. Dark-skinned folks are Italians or Native Americans. Black people live somewhere else. I've got an aunt and uncle who, while otherwise sensible people, were already worried that if Obama got elected he would fill the White House with black folks (for which my dad mercilessly tweaks them). They don't need faked campaign propaganda pieces to stoke up their unease about race.

This goes so well with the McCain/Palin Campaign volunteer faking up a story of how a big black man mugged her because of the McCain bumper sticker on her car and the McCain/Palin Campaign running with the story.

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cmdrsuzdal
Oct. 25th, 2008 06:08 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, that looks legit.

"oogaboga, scary black people will be coming to your door to make you vote Barack Hussein Obama... we know where you liiiiive, whitey!!"

November 4th cannot come soon enough.
karisu_sama
Oct. 25th, 2008 06:43 am (UTC)
It looks like the bullshit that it is to US, but you know there WILL be some gullible morons people who can vote will believe it's real... (what the perpetrator is counting on)

Edited at 2008-10-25 06:44 am (UTC)
lisa_marli
Oct. 25th, 2008 06:47 am (UTC)
Yeah, let's scare the white folks. The robocalls are doing the same crap.
If we can't win honestly, let's scare the hell out of them and claim it was the Bradley effect.
I wish November 4th and an Obama win would end this crap, but the RightWingNuts on the radio need to keep their drumbeats going.
They are already blaming the recession on Obama and he isn't even elected yet.
theresamather
Oct. 25th, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
The Republicans really seem to have the goombah chestbeater thug vote sealed up this election cycle, don't they!
madoc62
Oct. 25th, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
Folks,

Is that real?

Any proof it came from the McCain campaign?

Any proof it came from the Republicans?

Any proof that Rachel Hulin isn't making this up from whole cloth?

Any proof that the "older Democrat" who gave it to her isn't making it up himself?

No?

Any proof this thing didn't come from the Democrats themselves?

No?

Any proof this didn't come from some racists simply trying to stir things up?

And so it goes...

Madoc
theresamather
Oct. 25th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
I live in Utah, reddest of red states. Believe me, the goombahs are out in force here in red state land. Some of them think we're "one of them" because of our stance on taxes so we're on their local mailing lists. It really is enlightening to see how primeval people can be when they don't think they're being watched! :)

And for the record, I'm a Libertarian.

Edited at 2008-10-25 06:44 pm (UTC)
madoc62
Oct. 25th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
Theresa,

Yup, and I'm on some Democrat mailing lists. The end result there is the same. They're busy trying to whip up some partisan frenzy and it's rather odious the way they're doing it as well.

Madoc
bovil
Oct. 25th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
Did anybody say this came from the McCain/Palin campaign?

I get your calculus. Embarrassing supporters of McCain are to be ignored. They're isolated incidents. They're not really Republicans.

Except they're not. It's a pattern, and it's not limited to fringe groups. It's not just random crackpots at rallies shouting out threats and racist remarks.

Until a week ago, the Sacramento GOP website featured cartoons linking Obama with bin Laden and suggesting he should be waterboarded. The County GOP Chairman defended the graphics before removing them.

Chaffey Community Republican Women, Federated distributed "Obama Bucks" fake food stamps featuring fried chicken and watermelon, and then claimed "It was just food to me. It didn't mean anything else."

Then there's the Virgina GOP Chairman again equating Obama with bin Laden and stirring up canvassers to spread lies.
madoc62
Oct. 25th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
Andy,

No, that's not my calculus. Not even close.

And for every instance that the Democrats can cite some "outrageous" behavior on the part of Republicans - Republicans can turn around and match them cite for cite.

At this level it's noise and it's not much different from what it's been in the past.

This is what you get when you've two candidates who's positions on a great many issues are so damn close. McCain is a RINO who's trying to keep his base fired up. Obama is a far left liberal who's trying to portray himself as a centrist. McCain has gotta deal with inciting the wingnuts of his party to much while Obama has got to tamp down the moonbats of his. This sort of stuff seeps out at the edges on both sides.

At least however, McCain is at pains to quell this sorta crap at his rallies. Obama? Well, Barry is the guy who's called upon his followers to "argue with your neighbors. Get in their faces!" Yeah, that's a call for moderation alright.

Madoc
bovil
Oct. 25th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
McCain is a RINO who's trying to keep his base fired up.

That "RINO" thing again. McCain trounced his primary opponents. Bush & Cheney, McCain & Palin, they are the party. They're the people the party chose.

I feel for the folks who complain that the Republican party has been stolen from them (even if I don't think the party they want is any more desirable than the party they have).

There's another side to that coin, though. It's their party, not mine. For all that I think the Log Cabin Republicans are more "Uncle Tom's Cabin Republicans" I have to give them some credit for actually fighting to change their party. "RINO" is a whiner's cry, an avoidance tactic, an apologist tactic.

Obama is a far left liberal who's trying to portray himself as a centrist.

I don't believe "liberal" is an insult. I'm not even a far-left liberal. Obama isn't moderate, he's definitely liberal (which I think is a good thing), but he's hardly "far-left" from my perspective. He's not even left of me.

At least however, McCain is at pains to quell this sorta crap at his rallies.

McCain has made a recent half-assed effort to deal with bad behavior on the part of his supporters at the same time his running mate and other party officials rile them up. He and Palin condemn Ayres as a domestic terrorist but still refuse to categorize abortion clinic bombers as domestic terrorists.

Well, Barry is the guy who's called upon his followers to "argue with your neighbors. Get in their faces!" Yeah, that's a call for moderation alright.

Can you even comment without using snide names for candidates?

Is that a call for extremism, or is that a rallying cry against the "ignore the lies and attacks, they might go away" philosophy of the Kerry/Edwards campaign?
madoc62
Oct. 25th, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
Andy,

Yes, the "RINO thing again." Why is it you seem so adamant in denying that there are different factions within the Republican party? There certainly are factions within the Democrat party. McCain's social and fiscal policies have long put him in the "RINO" segment. That's part of why he claims to be a "maverick" within his own party. His views on illegal immigration, for instance, put him firmly on the Democrat side of the issue. Same same his "global warming" views. That's one of the reasons the GOP base was so very cool to him for so very long. This, despite his jumping through all their hoops since he got blown out in 2000.

I don't see where - or why - you get the "whiner's cry" about describing McCain as many in his own party describe him.

And that's a cute remark about the Log Cabin folk. Right now gays and lesbians have reached a political plateau. They've gone as far as they're ever going to get, politically, while remaining so beholden to the Democrats. So long as gays are happty to remain chained all their days on the Democrat plantation then the Democrats are never going to do more than token measures for them. The Democrat powers that be know that gays "have nowhere else to go and that any who go elsewhere are damned more by their own than anyone else." So, they don't lift more than a finger - if that - to help out.

Hence Joe Biden declaring that he doesn't support gay marriage.

That's not gonna change until gays and lesbians start being a force within _both_ political parties.

As to Obama being a far left liberal, Andy, that's what he is. Even by the Democrat's own political ratings. He's got a more consistently liberal voting record than Hillary or Ted Kennedy and he got that in but the three years (officially) he's been in the US Senate. It's only because the rest of the Democrat party has moved so far to the left that Obama isn't viewed as being out there on the fringe.

And you might call McCain's praising Obama's personal characteristics and calling out the fools at his rallies to be just "half-assed" but what has Obama done with the fools spewing their hatred and partisan frenzy on the Democrat side?

Like I said, calling for your followers to "Get in their faces" is _NOT_ a call for moderation. This, whether it be from Barry Obama or Barack Hussein Obama.

Madoc
bovil
Oct. 25th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
Why is it you seem so adamant in denying that there are different factions within the Republican party?

Of course there are factions in the Republican party. I never said that there wasn't. I just find the whole "RINO" concept amusing.

I find minority factions attempting to define a party away from the candidates that the majority of the party has selected mind-blowing.

Of course, if we're not talking minority factions, I find it even more mind-blowing that the majority is selecting candidates that aren't representative of their beliefs.

It's only because the rest of the Democrat party has moved so far to the left that Obama isn't viewed as being out there on the fringe.

It's only because the necocons have moved the center so far right that Obama is viewed as being out there on the fringe.

BTW, it's "Democratic Party." "Democrat Party" is a Joe McCarthy quote, a phrase he regularly used as an insult. Use proper terms when you're being serious.

And you might call McCain's praising Obama's personal characteristics and calling out the fools at his rallies to be just "half-assed" but what has Obama done with the fools spewing their hatred and partisan frenzy on the Democrat side?

So you're calling moral relativism; since you believe that Obama hasn't been sufficiently deferential McCain should get a by? I thought that Democrats were supposed to be the sloppy moral relativists.

Sorry, but Powell had it right. McCain's "He's a Christian" is a half-assed response. Calling Obama "Arab" and "Muslim" is false, but addressing the fallacies is only part of the answer. What if he was an Arab? What if he was a Muslim? What's wrong with that? Nothing, unless you believe that all Muslims and all Arabs are bad.

It's also half-assed when McCain characterizes Obama as a good man and gets booed by his supporters. He didn't call that crowd out for that response. Compound that with Palin's repeated statement, even after McCain decided that it was wrong, that Obama is "palling around with terrorists." Compound that with Palin and McCain's refusal to characterize abortion clinic bombers as terrorists while playing up Ayers.

That's a lot of lip-service being spread around to different constituencies to my eyes.
madoc62
Oct. 25th, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC)
Andy,

NeoCons? They are but a small faction of the party, thankfully, and, if anything, they've moved the party to the _Left_ not the Right. Just look at the term _Neo_Con - Neo Conservative - that is to say; not really a conservative. They're mainly liberals who hold such strong views on defense issues that they've found no home within the Democrat party. They've proven the bane of the "country club" Republican wing as the NeoCons are quite happy to bust any and all degrees of fiscal restraint. They are, in effect, just militant Democrats. :)

And there's no moral relativism there Andy. This is no place for strawmen. McCain has been up front calling for restraint. Obama has been exhorting his followers to "get in their faces." That's a clear difference.

And Andy, are you a Democrat? Or are you a Democratic? Do we elect Democrats to office or do we elect Democratics to office? The use of the proper term, Democrat, is just being accurate. The use of the term "Democratic" - unless referring to a political process - is being sloppy. That's also the first time I've ever heard about the McCarthy thing.

Madoc

bovil
Oct. 25th, 2008 11:40 pm (UTC)
NeoCons? They are but a small faction of the party, thankfully, and, if anything, they've moved the party to the _Left_ not the Right. Just look at the term _Neo_Con - Neo Conservative - that is to say; not really a conservative.

Neo means "new," not "not." They claim to be the new conservatism (much to the consternation of a lot of folks who claim to be true old-school conservatives). They may be a minority faction, but they're not a minor faction. They're a powerful faction that drives Republican policy.

The use of the proper term, Democrat, is just being accurate.

No, it's not.

The name of the Democratic Party has always been "The Democratic Party" (well, before 1830 it was the "Democratic-Republican Party") Party members and supporters are Democrats. "Democratic" in "Democratic Party" is an adjective, just like "Republican" is in "Republican Party."

Besides, you don't get to pick the name. The Democratic Party gets to pick its name and usage.

The phrase "Democrat Party" was a historical footnote until recently. McCarthy used it to imply that the Democratic Party wasn't democratic. Its us fell out favor among Republicans when McCarthy did.

President Eisenhower said "Democratic Party."
President Nixon said "Democratic Party."
President Ford said "Democratic Party."
President Reagan said "Democratic Party"
President G.H.W. Bush said "Democratic Party"

It didn't gain currency again until Frank Luntz and GW Bush revived its use, once again as an insult.

Edited at 2008-10-25 11:43 pm (UTC)
cantkeepsilent
Oct. 25th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
You'd think. On the other hand, it's ten days before the election and the Republicans are still trying to shore up the irrationally racist vote? That's pretty inept.
barry_short
Oct. 25th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
Is there a better word for the McCain campaign than "inept"?
howeird
Oct. 25th, 2008 11:05 pm (UTC)
Well that sure sucks lemons through a garden hose, regardless of who created it.
bovil
Oct. 25th, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing the Posse Comitatus. They're not the only racist far-right group active in the area, but they're one of the bigger groups.
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