Minnesota Independent: Black voters strikes fear in the heart of Florida GOP chair

Minnesota Independent

Black voters strikes fear in the heart of Florida GOP chair

Most readers have probably seen footage of McCain-Palin rallies in Ohio or Pennsylvania, where voters who could best be charitably as the “low information” variety have wound themselves into tight little knots of fury over the Islamo-Marxist-terrorist menace of Barack Obama.

Now that voting has begun, the panic over the possibility of an Obama presidency has apparently pitched to a level that can only be adequately conveyed with a stream of capital letters.   Via Open Left, check out this e-mail, sent the other day by the chair of the Hillsborough County (Fla.) Republican Party to his friends and colleagues.  Among other things, he’s clearly dismayed that black folks — and college professors! — are fearlessly casting ballots. 

THE THREAT:
HERE IN TEMPLE TERRACE, FL OUR REPUBLICAN HQ IS ONE BLOCK AWAY FROM OUR LIBRARY, WHICH IS AN EARLY VOTING SITE.I SEE CARLOADS OF BLACK OBAMA SUPPORTERS COMING FROM THE INNER CITY TO CAST THEIR VOTES FOR OBAMA. THIS IS THEIR CHANCE TO GET A BLACK PRESIDENT AND THEY SEEM TO CARE LITTLE THAT HE IS AT MINIMUM, SOCIALIST, AND PROBABLY MARXIST IN HIS CORE BELIEFS. AFTER ALL, HE IS BLACK–NO EXPERIENCE OR ACCOMPLISHMENTS–BUT HE IS BLACK.I ALSO SEE YOUNG COLLEGE STUDENTS AND THEIR PROFESSORS FROM USF PARKING THEIR CARS WITH THE PROMINENT ‘OBAMA’ BUMPER STICKERS. THE STUDENTS ARE ENTHUSIASTIC TO BE VOTING IN A HISTORIC ELECTION WHERE THERE MAY BE THE FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT.

THE COLLEGE PROFESSORS, PARTICULARLY IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES, FOR THE MOST PART HAVE LITTLE OR NO EXPERIENCE IN THE WORK-A-DAY WORLD.

THEIR LIFE EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN MOSTLY ACADEMIC UNDER THE TUTELAGE OF LIBERAL COLLEGE PROFESSORS. FOR THEM, A LITTLE SOCIALISM AND ANTI-AMERICANISM IS A GOOD THING. AFTER ALL, IF TERRORISTS ATTACK US, WE MUST HAVE DONE SOMETHING TO PROVOKE THEM.

YOU AND I UNDERSTAND THE DANGERS THE POTENTIAL OBAMA PRESIDENCY PRESENTS TO OUR WAY OF LIFE. THE SUPPRESSION OF FREE SPEECH, INTRODUCING UNION INTIMIDATION IN THE WORKPLACE, INCREASED DANGERS TO OUR NATION BY TERRORISTS, CUTTING OUR DEFENSE BUDGET BY 25%, TURNING OUR TAX SYSTEM INTO A NATIONAL WELFARE SYSTEM AND ECONOMIC POLICIES THAT COULD DRIVE US INTO A DEPRESSION.

THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO STOP OBAMA: VOTE !!!——-
(AND GET EVERYONE YOU KNOW TO VOTE)
ONLY YOU AND I CAN STOP OBAMA NOW ! !
SEVEN DAYS TO GO AND WE MUST ACT IMMEDIATELY..

A PLAN OF ACTION FOR YOU AND I:

VOTE. OBAMA IS ADVERTISING ON TV ASKING ALL HIS SUPPORTERS TO TAKE A DAY OFF WORK OR CLASS TO VOTE.

CONTACT PERSONALLY EVERYONE YOU KNOW REMINDING THEM TO VOTE AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS. PARENTS, VOTING-AGE CHILDREN, IN-LAWS, CO-WORKERS, CHURCH CONTACTS, SCHOOL CONTACTS, BUSINESS CONTACTS. MAKE A LIST AND CONTACT THEM.

SEND THIS MESSAGE TO EVERYONE ON YOUR EMAIL LIST THAT WANTS TO DEFEAT OBAMA.

YOUR EMAIL IS AN EFFECTIVE TOOL IF YOU USE IT WISELY AND PROMPTLY. YOU CAN REACH 10,000,000 PEOPLE IN THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS IF AS FEW AS TEN PEOPLE ON YOUR LIST TAKE PROMPT ACTION AND TEN PEOPLE ON THEIR LIST AND TEN PEOPLE ON THEIR LIST…YOU GET THE IDEA.

LET’S ALL PRAY AND WORK AND WE WILL SURELY CELEBRATE OUR VICTORY ON 11/5/08.

David A. Storck Chairman
Hillsborough County
Republican Party

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Talking Points Memo: Race-Tinged Attack Ads Start Flowing From Right In Campaign’s Home Stretch

Talking Points Memo

Race-Tinged Attack Ads Start Flowing From Right In Campaign’s Home Stretch

Meanwhile, another winger outside group, Let Freedom Ring, which has been known to spend serious money, is up with this new spot using Martin Luther King’s “content of their character” line to urge a vote against Obama:

Late Update: A commenter below explains the spot’s rationale:

Seems to me like the target audience on the second one is white Democrats who want to be reassured that they are not racists if they don’t vote for Obama. (See, even that black person doesn’t like him, and he can’t articulate why, either!)

Democratic Strategist: “Voter Fraud,” Race, and the Conservative Base

Democratic Strategist

“Voter Fraud,” Race, and the Conservative Base

Traditionally, Republican “voter fraud” agitation has been designed to distract attention from, if not actually justify, GOP efforts to intimidate or discourage minority voters. We’ll see next Tuesday what sorts of dirty tricks Republicans have in store this time around, but I suspect the current voter-fraud talk reflects a deeper psychological phenomenon among conservatives, not just some tactical ploy.

Hostility to universal sufferage is one of the oldest traditions in American conservatism. It transcends simple elitism and/or racism mainly in arguments that poor people will naturally try to use government to loot the property holdings of their social and economic superiors. And these arguments are not very far from the surface of the McCain campaign this year, given its preoccupation with attacks on Obama’s tax plan for providing “welfare” to people without federal income tax liability (never mind that refundable tax credits to working families who pay high and regressive payroll taxes was an idea once championed by Republicans such as Ronald Reagan).

It’s not too hard to connect the dots here. Barack Obama is an African-American with avid African-American support. African-Americans are participating heavily in early voting opportunities. His “socialist” tax plan will shower African-Americans with welfare benefits. And African-Americans, or their “elitist” Democratic leaders, will break every rule to make this all happen.

In many parts of the country, racial polarization has been the single most reliable vehicle for driving white working-class voters to the GOP, and driving white turnout up sharply. Whether the McCain-Palin campaign is consciously relying on this kind of nasty appeal in Ohio, the South, or elsewhere, I think it’s beyond any reasonable doubt that they are stoking it, not just with caterwauling about “voter fraud,” but with the entire series of attacks on Barack Obama as a radical who wants to tax Joe the Plumber to provide “welfare” to his supporters.

RaceWire: Obama and the “Reverse Bradley” Effect

RaceWire

Obama and the “Reverse Bradley” Effect

Post-racism verses the “real” Americans

In light of claims that we have reached a place of post-racism, Latoya at Racialicious aptly points out multiple examples of how this is actually untrue. In light of the events of Hurricane Katrina, the Jena 6, the Jersey 4 and the Duke Rape case, all highly public moments where racism proved to be a relevant factor, we can hardly claim to be in a post-racial country.

But the very nature of our conversation about whether or not America is post-racial proves that, in fact, it’s NOT. Just look at the competing narratives on the right and the left about what role race has played in this election. Last week I suggested that Colin Powell put his support behind Barack Obama at least partially because of race, whether he said it out loud or not, and that this support is understandable given the history of racism in this country. In response, there were some suggestions that perhaps this act was in itself racist. I want to talk about what comments like these tell us about how we understand race, especially in the context of this election.

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Right Wing News: Pundit Calls for Denying Caucasians the Right to Vote

Right Wing News

Pundit Calls for Denying Caucasians the Right to Vote

Passing off Barack Obama as a legitimate presidential candidate despite his radical ideology, vile associates, and lack of qualifications has been a big job for the media. Jonathan Valania at the Philadelphia Enquirer gives some insight into the mentality that keeps journalists motivated for this Herculean task in a piece entitled “White People Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Vote.”

He comes up with three reasons: 1) White people voted for W, whom Valania doesn’t like. 2) He doesn’t like Sarah Palin either, who is also white, as are many of her supporters. 3) Irresponsible left-wing Democrats like Ed Rendell and John Murtha have been screeching that whites won’t vote for a black supremacist like Obama because they’re racists.

Valania agrees that if we don’t want to turn over the country to someone who pretty obviously does not mean it well, and who has made no secret of his intentions to coercively redistribute wealth along racial lines, we must be racists. Blacks aren’t racists, since virtually all of them support Obama. The solution is clear: deny whites the right to vote, and we can transcend racism.

This self-hating Caucasian idiot is afforded a soapbox at a major metropolitan daily because his views are mainstream from the point of view of the allegedly mainstream media.

On a tip from Smoke TNT. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

Nashville Post Politics: You’re A Racist All Day

Nashville Post Politics

You’re A Racist All Day

Jake Ford on his race for the Ninth Congressional district:

Though Ford says comments he made earlier this year indicating the 9th District should be represented by a black candidate were misunderstood, he did say, “As far as I’m concerned, black people should vote together as a special interest group. If that makes me racist, then call me a racist all day.”

Ta-Nehisi Coates: All your Blacks are belonging to us

Ta-Nehisi Coates

All your Blacks are belonging to us

I’ve heard some folks in comments grumbling about the inference by Limbaugh, Buchanan, Will and K-Lo that Powell is supporting Obama because he’s black. Meh, I don’t have a dog in this fight. Demeaning Colin Powell as opposed to taking a sec to be self-reflective only makes the job of liberals easier. If they think this is the way to grow their base, then have at it. 

That said, I’ll just address the logic of things.  I have no doubt that Colin Powell is very proud of endorsing a black man for president. But understand how different that is than, making a presidential endorsement because the candidate is black. These dudes (and dudettes) have the thing backwards. Of course they;re prone to getting it backwards because they’ve never understood diversity. Getting inside the heads of people is always hard. But getting inside the heads of black people–when you don’t know any–is even harder.