Huffington Post: Hall of Shame: The Most Hate-Filled Flyers of the 2008 Campaign

Huffington Post (10/30/08)

Hall of Shame: The Most Hate-Filled Flyers of the 2008 Campaign

The 2008 election has been marked in recent months by an endless round of negative ads and robo-calls attacking Barack Obama’s patriotism, honesty, integrity, faith, experience.

Watch a slideshow of the most hate-filled flyers and mailers in the 2008 campaign:

The negative personal attacks of the current campaign stands out, compared to dirty tricks used in recent elections like the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ads in 2004 and the rumors spread about John McCain’s adopted daughter in 2000, because they’re being voiced by the Republican candidate and his running mate, rather than their surrogates or sympathetic groups.

Racism Review: White Supremacists Favor Obama over McCain? A Weird Election?

Racism Review

White Supremacists Favor Obama over McCain? A Weird Election?

The world of U.S. racism and U.S. politics has its very weird aspects.Esquire magazine reports on their recent interviews with several leaders of white supremacist groups.
Here is the infamous Tom Metzger, director of the White Aryan Resistance:

The corporations are running things now, so it’s not going to make much difference who’s in there, but McCain would be much worse. He’s a warmonger. He’s a scary, scary person–more dangerous than Bush. Obama, according to his book, Dreams Of My Father, is a racist and I have no problem with black racists. I’ve got the quote right here: ‘I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother’s white race.’ The problem with Obama is he’s being dishonest about his racial views. I’d respect him if he’d just come out and say, ‘Yeah, I’m a black racist.’ I don’t hate black people. I just think it’s in the best interest of the races to be separated as much as possible. See, I’m a leftist. I’m not a rightist. I hate the transnational corporations far more than any black person.

So, a white-racist thinker hates transnational firms more than an African American Senator or President, but must portray him as a “black racist” in order to come to his view. This seems pretty schizophrenic, if typical of much white supremacist thinking. Then the Esquire story quotes the head of the Imperial Klans and a few other white supremacist leaders who offer mixed reviews of the campaign. A couple seem glad that Obama is about to be elected, as in their view that will fuel the white supremacist movement and move whites into their organizations.

I was interviewed by a Canadian reporter this morning, who had talked with David Duke, former Klan leader and Louisiana state representative, and Duke told him he thought half of all whites would be upset that Obama is elected and thus move toward the white supremacist camp.

And the media are doing stories about the “end of racism” and on “no racial effects” in this campaign? Really?

What do you think?

Newsweek: The Moderate Voice: Terrifying the Jews


The Moderate Voice: Terrifying the Jews

In other words, McCain’s latest campaign strategy. We saw it in Pennsylvania, where prominent Republicans sent out an e-mail to Jewish voters likening the situation in 2008 to the situation in Europe in the 1930s and ’40s (with Obama akin to Neville Chamberlain, an enabler of evil then the Nazis, now Iran). And we’re seeing it again in a new McCain ad likely to be aired in Florida (if it hasn’t started airing already). Via Benen , the ad says this: Iran. Radical Islamic government. Known sponsors of terrorism. Developing nuclear capabilities to generate power’ but threatening to eliminate Israel. Obama says Iran is a country, doesn’t pose a serious threat. 

NY Times Campaign Stops: Race and the Suburbs

NY Times Campaign Stops

Race and the Suburbs

Lawrence C. Levy, a former political columnist and senior editorial writer for Newsday, is the executive director of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University in New York.

Everybody seems to have an opinion on race and the race, but nobody knows for sure whether Barack Obama’s skin color will hurt or help him in his quest for the presidency. Even the “Bradley Effect” — the theory that a certain number of white voters lie to pollsters when they say they’re supporting a black candidate — has seen its share of defenders and debunkers.

But if the Bradley Effect holds in this election, the place you’re likely to see it the most is home to the voters who matter the most: the suburbs. It’s not that most suburbanites are racist, but rather that they tolerate more manifestations of racial bias than their urban and rural counterparts. What’s more, although minorities (particularly blacks and Hispanics) are moving in greater numbers to the suburbs, these bedroom communities are among the most segregated counties in America.

The problem, according to research by the Brookings Institution, is that minorities moving into the suburbs tend to be lower income families, and they are choosing (or in some cases are forced to for financial reasons) to live in the same communities, creating pockets of poverty in affluent areas. Indeed, a number of recent studies show that the income gap between blacks and whites is greatest in the suburbs.

Nashville Post Politics: Some Whites Weep Making Others Ill

Nashville Post Politics

Some Whites Weep Making Others Ill

Sean Braisted explains how a white man can get teary eyed contemplating the reality of a black president:

So when I see or hear about an elderly black woman breaking down and crying after voting for an African American for the first time for President, I may not be able to directly relate to her life experience, but I can empathize. Just as I may not fully understand the ramifications of the civil rights movement, but I have cried before watching archived footage of Martin Luther King Jr. give his mountaintop speech, or his “I have a dream” speech from his March on Washington.

I may have voted with my head, but my heart is what made me campaign for Obama during the primaries, or give money that I didn’t have a lot of, or which will make me take off early tomorrow to drive to Ohio just to canvass for one day. And the combination of head and heart is what turns a potentially good President, into a potentially great one.

Nashville Post Politics: What’s With The Tears, White Girl?

Nashville Post Politics

What’s With The Tears, White Girl?

Roger Abramson doesn’t see what is emotional for a white person about electing a black candidate:

I guess I don’t get that. I mean, I can see why a black voter would (and presumably some do) get that emotional about voting for Obama, but I don’t see why a white person would. Feel good about it? Yeah, maybe. But cry? Huh. I don’t know. I’m not saying she’s wrong to have done that–emotional reactions are what they are. But it certainly does lend credence to the idea that Obama wins hearts rather than minds. Which, of course, usually wins elections

Nashville Post Politics: The Race Race

Nashville Post Politics

The Race Race

Ross Douthat shows how Barack Obama deftly helped create a climate where traditionally effect Republican tactic were not deployed and would not have worked had they been tried:

Now there are various reasons why none of these issues have played a role in the campaign: Attacking on some of these fronts would have required flip-flops on McCain’s part; attacking on others (crime, especially) would have reaped vastly diminished returns compared to GOP campaigns of yore; etc. But it’s also the case that the Obama campaign (and its surrogates and allies) have done a masterful job of boxing the GOP in on race-related fronts, playing off the media’s biases, McCain’s sense of honor, and the Republican Party’s unpleasant history to create a climate of hair-trigger sensitivity around terrains and topic that usually hurt Democratic candidates. I’m not asking anyone to shed any tears for the McCain camp on this front: African-Americans have been on the losing end of hardball politics in this country since the first slave ship docked in Virginia, and there’s more than a little rough justice in the fact that Barack Obama’s campaign has found ways to turn his race to its advantage during this campaign.