Media Matters: Cunningham: “I think there will be 100 cities burning if Barack loses. Yeah, that’s what the black intelligentsia says”

Media Matters

Cunningham: “I think there will be 100 cities burning if Barack loses. Yeah, that’s what the black intelligentsia says”

 Radio host Bill Cunningham stated: “I think there will be 100 cities burning if Barack loses. Yeah, that’s what the black intelligentsia says.” Cunningham also asserted that “Flavor Flav, 50 Cent, and Diddy” are “really in charge of the [Obama] Inaugural [Ball].”

Jack&Jill Politics: Tell McCain to End the Politics of Hate

Jack&Jill Politics

Tell McCain to End the Politics of Hate

Color of Change and Brave New Films have just released a new video documenting the McCain-Palin strategy of formenting hate and fear at their rallies. This video flies in the face of Jonah Goldberg’s claim in the LA Times that “Obama’s Getting Off Easy”. When did you hear anyone calling out “Kill Him” at a Bush in reference to John Kerry. Please. This appeal to the lynch mob mentality as a Get Out the GOP Vote strategy has got to stop.  I’ve signed the Open Letter asking the McCain-Palin campaign to stand down on this rhetoric lest real violence erupt before election day among their supporters. Will you consider signing too? There’s a lively comment stream going on over on YouTube btw – 94 comments to 431 views. Take a look andjoin the conversation.

Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire: McCain Pledges to Bring Up Ayers in Debate

Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire

McCain Pledges to Bring Up Ayers in Debate

It appears Sen. John McCain will take Sen. Barack Obama up on his challenge.

In an interview on a St. Louis radio station, McCain said Obama’s comments that “I didn’t have the guts” to talk about William Ayers in the last presidential debate have “probably ensured” that the former 1960s radical will come up in Wednesday’s debate.

Boston Globe: McCain plays the race card

Boston Globe

McCain plays the race card

HAVING FAILED to convince voters that they represent a break from the tragic Bush presidency, Republican presidential candidate John McCain and vice presidential running mate Sarah Palin are careening into George Wallace territory to destroy the nation’s first African-American nominee, Democrat Barack Obama.

How close? When Wallace, best known as the segregationist governor of Alabama, ran for president in 1968, supporters at a rally at Madison Square Garden surrounded black protesters and screamed – as recounted on PBS’ American Experience website – “Kill ’em, Kill ’em, Kill ’em.” At a Florida rally this week, according to TheWashington Post, the crowd got so worked up by Palin’s attacks on Obama’s patriotism and the media that one supporter shouted “Kill him!” Another supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African-American sound man and added for emphasis, “Sit down, boy.”

Democratic Congressman John Lewis of Georgia voiced alarm about this over the weekend.

Agence France Presse reported that the Secret Service dropped the investigation on “Kill him!” because it could not determine if the threat was actually uttered, and if so whether it was meant for Obama or Bill Ayers, the 1960s radical-turned-professor whom the right is desperate to link to Obama. But ugly innuendoes are flying in from all corners of the McCain camp.

Nashville Post Politics: Well, It’s True Isn’t It?

Nashville Post Politics

Well, It’s True Isn’t It?

There are limits, it would appear, to the respect John McCain is willing to afford Barack Obama:

Pink Flamingo: Obama Cool Bullies & McCain’s Hot-headed Racists, GETTING AWAY WITH HATE

Pink Flamingo

Obama Cool Bullies & McCain’s Hot-headed Racists, GETTING AWAY WITH HATE

Barack Obama managed to destroy the Clintons when he resorted to calling them racists, which was an abject lie.  Now, in order to “close the deal” – or keep his campaign motivated, he’s doing it again. He has also managed to prove how much smarter John McCain is than he is.  Once again John McCain has managed to back Barack Obama into a corner, and see what happens.  Once again, the animal that is Barack Obama has not failed to deliver – in hate and race baiting. 

(Sigh) John McCain just doesn’t help things when he declares that he is going to beat the you know what out of Barack Obama on Tuesday. Doesn’t the man yet realize that The One must not be threatened?  Doesn’t John McCain yet realize that comments like this are the reason Barack Obama is calling him Racist?  Thou Shalt Not Discomfort The One!

Afro-Netizen: McCain-Palin “white appeal” tactic resurrects the ghost of Jim Crow

Afro-Netizen

McCain-Palin “white appeal” tactic resurrects the ghost of Jim Crow

 

With the McCain campaign growing desperate by the day as polls show Senator Barack Obama making significant progress in key battleground states, the presidential election is now turning on John McCain’s not so subtle “white appeal.” Over the last ten days we have watched McCain and his running mate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, unleash a torrent of racially coded attacks that has given their followers license to resurrect hate that we had hoped had been buried with Jim Crow. Apparently the crow flies.

With the active encouragement of both Senator McCain and Governor Palin, speakers and supporters at their rallies have been motivated to shout “kill him” and “off with his head,” in reference to Senator Obama. Thought Senator McCain eventually tried to calm his bloodthirsty brood, it is apparent that the genie is out of the bottle. For almost two years running, the specter of race has hung over this presidential campaign and, up until now, every time it surfaced well meaning individuals in political circles and the media worked feverishly to temper the rhetoric. Now, with less than a month to go, the issue of race and racism has come back with a vengeance as a desperate campaign throws one last “Hail Mary” pass hoping to sow seeds of doubt about Senator Obama in the minds of white voters.

 

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Congressman John Lewis is absolutely right. What we are witnessing is straight from the George Wallace-Lester Maddox playbook. When all else fails, remind working class white voters of the need for racial solidarity; despite the fact that it could work against their vested interest. Senator McCain’s contemptuous reference to Senator Obama as “that one” was his call to arms to those paranoid white voters whose guilt would have them to believe that a Black president will turn history’s table back on white America. The McCain team’s spiteful invocation of “Who is Barack Obama?” attempts to portray “that one” as a covert, anti-American, Black Muslim Arab sympathizer who is an undercover agent for terrorists abroad. It is conspiracy theory run amok and only capable of taking root when the appeal is made in the context of an anti-intellectual framework. The McCain campaign is hoping that a hate filled, sound bite driven volley as the campaign winds down will give their ticket the boost it needs among those white voters still burdened by race.

 

Talking Points Memo: Fox Poll: Nearly Two-Thirds Say Ayers Makes No Difference To Their Vote

Talking Points Memo

Fox Poll: Nearly Two-Thirds Say Ayers Makes No Difference To Their Vote

These numbers, buried in the internals of a new Fox News poll out today, are the first time a national poll has tried to gauge the impact of Barack Obama’s association with William Ayers. And the numbers are pretty bad for McCain:

Strikingly, the numbers are worse for McCain among independents: Only 29% say the Ayers association makes them less likely to vote for Obama, and more than twice as many — 64% — say it makes no difference. The data suggests that the vast majority of the respondents saying it makes them less likely to vote for Obama are Republicans, who probably wouldn’t have supported him anyway.

There has been some discussion of Barack Obama’s relationship with the former radical activist William Ayers. Because Ayers is linked to plots to bomb the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol in the 1970s, and because Ayres recently said he wished he had done more, some people say Obama’s association with Ayers calls into question his judgment. Does Obama’s connection with Ayers make you less likely to vote for him for president or does it not really make a difference to your vote?

Less Likely 32%

No Difference 61%

A quick additional point on this. Obviously this attack isn’t really about Ayers; it’s about sowing vague doubts about Obama’s patriotism and background. Whether that dimension of the attack is working is harder to measure, and may not be perfectly reflected in the answers to direct pollster questions about Ayers. Still, the above numbers are striking.

 

WSJ Washington Wire: McCain Is Asked to Denounce Supporters’ Outbursts

WSJ Washington Wire

McCain Is Asked to Denounce Supporters’ Outbursts

 

A top labor leader released a statement today calling on John McCain and Sarah Palin to denounce a string of angry crowd outburst that have come to define the tone of the Republican campaign in recent days.

“In a world where unspeakable violence is too often promulgated by extremists, it is no small or trivial matter to call someone a terrorist–or to incite potentially dangerous individuals toward violence,” AFL-CIO PresidentJohn Sweeney said this afternoon.

At a Monday campaign event in Albuquerque, a male attendee shouted “Terrorist!” when McCain asked the rhetorical question, “Who is Barack Obama?” McCain did not respond to the outburst; it is unknown if he heard the man.

That same day at a Florida campaign event, an attendee shouted “Kill him!” when Palin was criticizing Obama for his ties to 1960s radical Bill Ayers. Other shouts of “traitor” and “treason” have peppered McCain and Palin stops in recent days.

Guests at recent McCain-Palin campaign events have also increased the frequency of using Obama’s middle name, Hussein, when referring to the Illinois senator. McCain earlier this year had condemned such tactics.

Angry name-calling has also been directed at one of Palin’s frequent targets—the mainstream media. The Washington Post reported that at the Clearwater, Fla., event Tuesday a supporter “shouted a racial epithet at an African American sound man for a network and told him, ‘Sit down, boy’” when the Alaska governor referred to her “less than successful interview with kinda mainstream media.”

A McCain spokesman also attacked Obama. “Barack Obama’s attacks on Americans who support John McCain reveal far more about him than they do about John McCain. It is clear that Barack Obama just doesn’t understand regular people and the issues they care about,” said Brian Rogers.

In his statement, Sweeney, who supports Obama, accused McCain and Palin of “walking a very thin line in pretending not to hear the hateful invectives spewed at their rallies” and he called on the Arizona senator to denounce such remarks in “the strongest possible terms.”

“Anything less puts McCain in the same camp as the racists and extremists who are bringing their angry rhetoric to his campaign events,” Sweeney said.

 

Ta Nahesi Coates: One other point on the Obama caricature

Ta Nahesi Coates

One other point on the Obama caricature

Affirmative Action. Dig this quote Andrew plucked out:

We’re all wondering why Obama is where he’s at. How he got here. Everybody in this room is stunned we’re in this position.

Let me posit a working theory here–if you truly believe that black people get a leg up in this society, that Barack Obama is only where he is because he got into Harvard Law because of east coast elites favoring him over some salt of the earth hard-working white guy, then you would be stunned. I don’t think the AA piece works solo, but it does work in consort with all the other factors I listed below. Basically the word has been–from McCain down–Obama is not worth you respect, or your concern.