Talking Points Memo: Race to the Bottom

Talking Points Memo (10/19/08)

Race to the Bottom

Stripped down to its components McCain’s message to voters is this: “Don’t forget. He’s definitely black. And he may be a terrorist.” That’s the message. The nuts and bolts is a concerted effort to keep Democrats from voting — through intimidation, by striking new voters from the rolls, which is going to happen to lots of them, clogging polling stations to create delays that keep late day (predominantly) Obama voters from voting altogether. Smears in the air and voter suppression on the ground.

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The Washington Independent: Race Injected Into Obama Vote

The Washington Independent (10/6/08)

Race Injected Into Obama Vote

Over the weekend, Sen. John McCain’s brother referred to the Northern Virginia suburbs of Arlington and Alexandria as “communist country,” presumably for their traditional Democratic-leaning ways.

I don’t cover politics at TWI, so I’m not going to comment on the campaign strategy behind the remarks. But I do live in Arlington, in a neighborhood called Clarendon. And I can tell you a little bit about what’s been going on here.

During the past few weeks, people who posted “Obama for President” signs in their yards in Clarendon and in the nearby neighborhood of Lyon Park received this letter. Addressed to “Dearest Neighbor,” the letter informed them, in a tone meant to be friendly and helpful, that they should consider the possibility that they are supporting Obama to cover up for their own, hidden racism.

Talking Points Memo: The Gist of the ACORN Story

Talking Points Memo (10/10/08)

The Gist of the ACORN Story

The Republican party is grasping on to the ACORN story as a way to delegitimize what now looks like the probable outcome of the November election. It is also a way to stoke the paranoia of their base, lay the groundwork for legal challenges of close outcomes in various states and promote new legal restrictions on legitimate voting by lower income voters and minorities.

…The essence of McCain’s campaign now appears to amount to prepping McCain’s base to believe they didn’t really lose the election. The election was stolen from them by Barack and his army of gangsters and black street hustlers.

Ankle Biting Pundits: McCain: Investigate ACORN

Ankle Biting Pundits

McCain: Investigate ACORN

Booker Rising: ANGELA WINTERS OP-ED: Who Is ACORN?

Booker Rising: ANGELA WINTERS OP-ED

Who Is ACORN?

Asks the black moderate blogger: “In 2008, Republicans are looking at the polls and setting the stage for a legal protest, which appears to be the common strategy for both parties; just in case. But no one has been able to prove that the fraud has ever been enough to change the results. Republicans, and FOX News, seem to be very obsessed with ACORN, a voter registration organization that has a history of fraud. The latest controversies are in Missouri and Nevada. Why is this group still allowed to register people? Both parties should care about this, but since ACORN goes after low-income voters, which tend to vote blue, only the Republicans seem upset. But if Obama wins, you know that EVERYTHING will be questioned even if there isn’t any reason to. Republicans will not accept his victory.”

My response: I used to date someone who worked for ACORN, back when I was a socialist feminist (I’m still a feminist, but a libertarianesque one). ACORN is a socialist, community organizing group that focuses on housing issues in poor neighborhoods, wealth redistribution to poor neighborhoods, and a “living wage” while seeking exemptions from paying their own workers said wage. It is a de facto arm of the Democratic Party in order to promote socialism in America. Big group in Chicagoland, and in some other places.

Colorlines RaceWire: Why Racial Politics and Voting in Ohio Impact Us All

Colorlines RaceWire

Why Racial Politics and Voting in Ohio Impact Us All

For example, how should one understand a prominent Black Republican Secretary of State, Kenneth Blackwell, actively working to disenfranchise and exclude largely poor, largely Black communities from voting in urban precincts of Ohio? Or what about a comparison of Columbus voting areas like Upper Arlington where a majority of affluent white Republicans had no problems or waits to access working voting machines and predominantly Democratic, working class Black areas like Franklinton that had long lines and broken machines? These and similar voting problem stories from Ohio point to a systemic crisis that continues today.

So why are we still talking about voting and race in Ohio? The reason is two-fold. First, there are a number of people who believe the outcome of the 2004 election was directly linked to election manipulation for political purposes. Secondly, there was a clear and troubling pattern of voter disenfranchisement that mirrors racial and economic divides in the state. The major counties where voting problems occurred (Franklin, Hamilton, Montgomery, Lucas, Cuyahoga and Summit) were all urban areas with large communities of color. In other words, when voting problems occurred, they were almost always linked to the voter’s race.

AngryAsianMan: former congressional candidate indicted

AngryAsianMan

former congressional candidate indicted

Asian Behaving Badly… bad campaign tactics edition. Tan Nguyen, a former Orange County congressional candidate, is accused to misleading investigators examining a controversial letter his campaign sent to people with Spanish surnames warning about the consequences of voting illegally. He was indicted by a federal grand jury this week obstruction of justice charges: Former candidate for Congress indicted on charges of obstructing justice.

Nguyen was running to unseat Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) in the November 2006 election. Three weeks before the election, his campaign sent letters to 14,000 voters in central Orange County that said, “You are advised that if your residence in this country is illegal or if you are an immigrant, a vote in a federal election is a crime that can result in jail imprisonment or you will be deported for voting without the right to do so.”

The letter, written to Spanish, also falsely said that the state had developed a tracking system that would allow new Latino voters’ names to be handed over to anti-immigrant groups.