Posted by: Kevin | February 20, 2008

Why the Republicans Wont be Getting My Vote for a Loooooong Time

First, from Lisa Schiffren of the National Review Online:

Obama and I are roughly the same age. I grew up in liberal circles in New York City — a place to which people who wished to rebel against their upbringings had gravitated for generations. And yet, all of my mixed race, black/white classmates throughout my youth, some of whom I am still in contact with, were the product of very culturally specific unions. They were always the offspring of a white mother, (in my circles, she was usually Jewish, but elsewhere not necessarily) and usually a highly educated black father. And how had these two come together at a time when it was neither natural nor easy for such relationships to flourish? Always through politics. No, not the young Republicans. Usually the Communist Youth League.

OK, mixed race = commie parents.  Good to know that it’s impossible for people of different skin tones to love one another without the presence of Communism.  Actually, that would be a pretty good argument in favor of Communism if it were true.  At any rate the concentrated bullshit in the statement above is staggering.

First, we call up the specter of black men and white women.  It’s the 1950’s all over again.  Defend your wives and daughters oh stoic white man!  The black man is on the prowl.  Then she follows up with the Communist boggy man.  Apparently she didn’t get the memo that communists are now less threatening than Belgians.  Schiffren finishes with a call for further digging on Obama’s family.

So is this the isolated rant of one unhinged individual?  I wish.  Race baiting is a part of the Republicans message that they cant seem to let go of.

It goes back quite a ways too.

Bob Herbert, a New York Times columnist, reported of a 1981 interview with Lee Atwater, published in Southern Politics in the 1990s by Prof. Alexander P. Lamis, in which Lee Atwater discusses politics in the South:

You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states’ rights and all that stuff. You’re getting so abstract now [that] you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites.  And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I’m not saying that. But I’m saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me—because obviously sitting around saying, “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”.

To the wilderness with you Republican Party!  Go wander the desert and find your soul.  Come back when you have something new to offer.  Until then I have to hope that libertarians can offer a legitimate opposition party.

Hat Tip Think Progress
Hat Tip Balloon Juice



  1. I’m not an advocate of the smear, but the Republicans are definitely losing their touch when it comes to the smear.

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