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RNC Race Ends; Michael Steele Wins Coveted Job at Helm of Sinking Ship

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The Republican Party now has something in common with the American government it no longer controls: it's run by a black man, in the Republicans' case former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, elected today to chair the Republican National Committee.

Follow the fooferaw that lead to Steele's victory with play-by-play news and analysis from David Weigel over at the Washington Independent.

As my account of the RNC chair race build up concluded, and Steele's victory has not made me change my mind, the GOP isn't very solid on what to do to save itself, much less do right by this great nation it strives to control, and Steele's election (or, to be fair, that of any of the equally uninspiring crew he was up against) isn't going to change that.

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  1. “from David Weigel over at the Washington Independent. ”

    DEMOCRAT SHIL!!!11!!111

  2. Michael Steele Wins Coveted Job at Helm of Sinking Ship

    The rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated.

  3. We see your inexperienced black man and raise you!

  4. Weigel is a Democrat shill BDB.

  5. Ah, a post about race. For a moment, I thought I was on a Salon.com thread. Yawn.

  6. And while I’m at it, get over your antique notions of what constitutes black. It will help you avoid reductionist assertions like the one you make in your first paragraph. By the tone and implications of your post, sir, you would lump Lena Horne and Djimon Honsou into the same bucket. That’s plain ignorant.

  7. By the tone and implications of your post, sir, you would lump Lena Horne and Djimon Honsou into the same bucket. That’s plain ignorant.

    Yeah. I mean, I don’t think they’d be comfortable sharing a bucket.

  8. We see your inexperienced black man and raise you!

    LOL

  9. I can’t wait to see what they choose as the new slogan in their campaign to reinvent the GOP into a dynamic organization the likes of which no one has ever seen.

    Yes we will!
    or
    Yes we do!

  10. Is his birth certificate in order?

  11. 2010 may, if the Republicans play their cards right, be another 1994 but the congressional term is early yet. The fact that no Republican in the House voted for this “stimulus bill” might help. But, again, the term is still early yet.

  12. I can’t wait to see what they choose as the new slogan in their campaign to reinvent the GOP into a dynamic organization the likes of which no one has ever seen.

    Tax cuts AND change
    An Army of One
    We used to be bigger than the LP
    God’s Only Party (GOP)
    We’re too big to fail
    Stimulate this (but only from the adjoining bathroom stall)

  13. Past time for the Repuglycuns to grab their ankles and kiss collective ass goodbye.
    The Repuglycant Party has come full circle more than once from the party of Lincoln. It’s like buzzards circling a fellow downed buzzard.

  14. yeah, but he’s a cat. prominent republican cats are as rare as hens’ teeth.

  15. Two hens’s teeth ran for this post.

  16. I’m bemused by how every few yrs. people talk of one of the major USAn political parties as if it’s sinking into oblivion, and it hardly ever gets worse than a swing from 55-45 to 45-55 in the votes over the whole nation. It doesn’t look like the GOP is going to go from major party status down to 10 percenters the way the Liberals did in Britain, does it?

  17. “It doesn’t look like the GOP is going to go from major party status down to 10 percenters the way the Liberals did in Britain, does it?”

    That depends. It looks as if it might be trying to act like it has a spine if the House Republican’s vote against the “stimulus” bill is any indication. If it keeps that up it might be able to come back.

  18. Brian Doherty is in fact a shil. We have a two party system; it’s here to stay. You want to make real change you have to work in the two party system. There’s hope as long as there’s a Republican Liberty Caucus and other who will counterbalance the social conservatives (the Rel. Right) The Libertarian Party is a joke and writers like Doherty play cute criticizing both parties. Which party is the party of liberty which is the lesser of two evils.

    And by the way COSMOTARIANS SUCK! How’s Obama working out for all you libertards?

  19. The trouble with objecting to “stimulus” is that it is in the eye of the beholder, so to speak, or the “pleasure” center of the brain.
    There are many erogenous zones and many erroneous zones.

  20. Wait, is Weigel gone? How did I miss the wheels up/don’t let the door hit you in the butt party?

  21. Lefty, do you have anything to ad but ad hominims?

  22. One thing Steele should be able to fix just by his presence: ending the preemptory dismissal of any part of the electorate that lives more than one family per acre. Obviously not a sufficient condition for restoring Republican fortunes, but for sure a necessary one.

  23. And I hope Steele realizes he needs to hit a lot of singles, and not try for the home runs. A lot of small high percentage moves that may not amount to much in the short run but will pay dividends over the long haul. And that the party gives him time to do this. It’s what Dean and then Obama’s team did in the swing from 02 to 06. Steele needs to be Theo Epstein not Dan Snyder (to mix metaphors a bit)

  24. All you have to do is wait. Once the economy keeps going in the shitter despite whatever the Dems do, or because of it, the Repubs will be back.

  25. I’ve never laughed so much at a Hit & Run comment thread as I have in this one. Well done, everyone.

  26. I’ve never laughed so much at a Hit & Run comment as I have at this one. Well done, John-David.

  27. If Mitt Romney’s priorities are any indication, the Group of Old People have learned nothing…

  28. Ah, a post about race. For a moment, I thought I was on a Salon.com thread. Yawn.

    You’re new here, aren’t you?

  29. Bring back Dave Weigal!

  30. LONEWACKO!!!!!!!!!!!

    *shakes fist in air*

    I mean . . . CHRIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    *shakes fist in air*

  31. We have a two party system; it’s here to stay.

    Not hardly. We have a one-party system with two brands and no substantial policy differences.

    -jcr

  32. Two wings of the same bird of prey.

  33. Kolohe
    You hit it on the head. It’s crazy for the GOP to act in such a way that it writes off huge areas. This could partly be remedied by just being a little more careful about what their officials say. But one thing that will be harder is that the Limbaugh-Hannity-LGF hard-core media outlets have created a cadre of Republicans who will stop at nothing less than complete purity from their officials and they stupidly attack what they call “RINO’s” while the more hard core GOP elected officials act in ways that leave the few moderate fellows they have in the lurch. The actions and positions of some rural GOP state and federal legislators makes the GOP brand very, very hard to sell in many suburban and urban areas. Democrats don’t walk around hating on Heath Shuler like the GOPers walk around hating on Arlen Specter for example.

  34. I declared the Democrats dead after ’04, yet the Republicans fucked things up in such a spectacular fashion that they rose from the dead. I have faith that by controlling the White House and both houses of Congress, the Dems will be able to do the same thing by 2013. After 20-30 more years of this, maybe then we’ll start looking at letting in a real 3rd party.

  35. I feel sorry for black Republicans. No matter how qualified you may be, people will say you are just there as a token. Obama runs a good campaign and he’s fucking God, Steel runs a good campaign and he’s uninspiring.

  36. Not that Doherty called Steel a token. That’s just what the callers on c-span are saying this morning.

  37. I wonder if Condi Rice will run for POTUS in 2012. That could be an interesting race. What will the NAACP do then? If both major party candidates are black how will they be able to argue that racism is a major problem in the Untied States?

  38. Two wings of the same bird of prey.

    Same shit, different piles.

  39. “If both major party candidates are black how will they be able to argue that racism is a major problem in the Untied States?”

    The NAACP? Are you kidding? They’d find a way.

    I once saw the NAACP launch an investigation into the number of black anchormen and women in an area stating that black faces were probably marginalized. After the investigation they found that there were in fact more black anchormen and women in the area than white ones. So their conclusion: that having so many black faces on tv was actually more racist because it gave the audience the mistaken illusion that black people as a whole were doing well!

  40. I feel sorry for black Republicans. No matter how qualified you may be, people will say you are just there as a token. Obama runs a good campaign and he’s fucking God, Steel runs a good campaign and he’s uninspiring.

    Not that Doherty called Steel a token. That’s just what the callers on c-span are saying this morning.

    The timing is the problem more than anything else. The GOP *just so happens* to elect a black guy as its new leader a week after the other team puts a black guy in the top executive office, you can forgive people’s minds immediately running to “token”.

  41. Michael Steele. Didn’t he write Silent Honor and The Wedding?

  42. I wonder if Condi Rice will run for POTUS in 2012. That could be an interesting race. What will the NAACP do then? If both major party candidates are black how will they be able to argue that racism is a major problem in the Untied States?

    As far as the NAACP is concerned Condi Rice (like Clarence Thomas) isn’t really black.

    Much like NOW’s view that Condi Rice and Sarah Palin aren’t really women.

  43. While I wish Michael Steele good luck in his new position, I see his selection as a ploy for the GOP to make Blacks and other minorities feel like the party is suddenly pro minorities and anti racists.

    Please color me “UNIMPRESSED”.

    Until the party adopts SUBSTANTIVE steps rather SYMBOLIC ones to address its INHERENT problems, it might as well be whistling DIXIE! OsiSpeaks[dot]com

  44. KYJurisDoctor,

    I disagree with the GOP on many social types of issues but I must defend them on this point. Consider the following:
    1. Abraham Lincoln was a Republican
    2. The first black members of Congress were black.
    3. A higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats voted for the Civil Rights Act
    4. It was Democrats in the South and not Republicans who supported segregation in the South
    5. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican.
    6. It was Ronald Reagan who signed the law making Martin Luther King Jr. Day a national holiday.

  45. make 2 the first black members of congress were Republicans

  46. January 2009: hey, America loves black guys! Well, here’s one.

    December 2009: What’s going on? Everybody still hates us.

    Hey, Lesbian: have you got any historical examples that are accompanied by color photos?

  47. Lesbian,

    No, no, no. Number two works just fine the way it was. LOL!

  48. 7. To add, Eisenhower, a Republican, sent troops to integrate Central High School.
    8. The first black justice of the Supreme Court was a Republican.

  49. LUG —

    joe’s got you on this one. Ever since the Democratic party went for Civil Rights in the sixties and abandoned (most of) their Southern racists, the GOP was all-too-happy to bring them into the fold. Since then, the GOP has acted to deserve a lot of the hostility thrown towards them by the Black community.

    The GOP’s stock retort, “we’re the party of Abraham Lincoln”, should be considered for what it is: a sadly ironic historical footnote. What really matters is what they do today. What’s hilarious is that their embrace of Southern whites really screwed them in the end, by denying them a predominantly socially conservative constituency and ceding them entirely to their opposition. Whoops.

  50. “Ever since the Democratic party went for Civil Rights in the sixties”

    That’s the joke. More Republicans voted for that in Congress than Democrats.

    “the GOP was all-too-happy to bring them into the fold.”

    The GOP simply doesn’t assume that all Southerners are racists.

  51. Lesbian,

    Still black and white photos. Lithographs, some of them.

    I was hoping for something from the past decade. Or two. Or three. Or four.

  52. The GOP simply doesn’t assume that all Southerners are racists.

    Ah, that must be why the Southern Strategy shied away so much from racially charged issues.

    Umwhat?

  53. Hey, you got one!

    Good for YOU, dude!

  54. Is that why all the deep south states voted for Goldwater in ’64, LSUG? Because Republicans loved civil rights legislation?

  55. The timing is the problem more than anything else. The GOP *just so happens* to elect a black guy as its new leader a week after the other team puts a black guy in the top executive office

    …after having spent a solid year + saying that the Democratic candidate was an unqualified token.

  56. I smell smoke . . .

  57. Hey, we got one! We got one! Lookie here!

    Lol.

  58. You guys could have just picked me to be your chair!

  59. “Ah, that must be why the Southern Strategy shied away so much from racially charged issues.”

    What? Not every issue on Earth has something to do with race. What are you saying?

  60. Don’t forget the stage shots from the 2000 and 2004 conventions, LUG. Lotsa black Republican sewer commissioners and state representatives got prime, front row seats there, thus refuting once and for the notion that Republicans have appealed to racism AND engaged in tokenism.

    That’s not smoke, Naga. It’s desperation.

  61. “Hey, we got one! We got one! Lookie here!”

    You were the one who asked.

  62. What? Not every issue on Earth has something to do with race. What are you saying?

    Oh my God.

    Look, LUG, if you’re going to expound on Republicans and racial politics, it might be helpful to maybe scan the Wikipedia page on the Southern Strategy first.

  63. joe,

    I refute your argument thus . . . link

    Unless I totally missed the point of your post, of course.

  64. “joe | January 31, 2009, 12:51pm | #
    Don’t forget the stage shots from the 2000 and 2004 conventions, LUG.”

    Funny, this year it’s like they didn’t even try that.

    Republicans used to at least have Arabs, East Indians, and Asians vote for them.

  65. Joe, the Southern Strategy as it is used in modern times has to do with relgious zealots not racists. I oppose this strategy but the issue here is racism and that is the only charge I am defending the Republicans on.

  66. Joe, the Southern Strategy as it is used in modern times has to do with relgious zealots not racists.

    I actually agree with you somewhat – under George W. Bush, the explicit racial politics that defined Republican campaigns from Nixon through Dole were almost completely absent. Quite the opposite, Rove/Bush worked very hard to reassure voters that those politics were a thing of a past.

    As BDB points out, they backed away from that progress in the 2008 race, moving a little more towards the “Let’s welcome Macaca to the real Virginia,” “Real Americans” type of politics, but even that was different from the old Southern Strategy. Racial diversity was treated as an aspect of cosmopolitan-ness, the sort of thing those people on the coasts and big cities have, while “Real Americans” come from places that are “All American.”

  67. PS, LUG,

    The proper noun “Southern Strategy” is most commonly used to refer to one specific political strategy – that deployed by the Republicans in the decades following the Civil Rights Act and the realignment it brought about. There have been numerous strategies politicians have used to try to appeal to southern voters – FDR’s economic development efforts in southern states, for example, or the Jesusland imagery Bush deployed – which are “southern strategies” of a sort, but when most people talk about the Southern Strategy, they mean Nixon/Buchanan/Reagan/Atwater racial politics of a particular era.

  68. For those of you who were curious about the Google shenanigans mentioned earlier, here’s a link.

  69. joe,

    If you scare LUG into staying lesbian so . . . help . . . me . . . GOD!

    *shakes fist menacingly in joe’s direction*

  70. The argument about the GOP and blacks seems to think that it’s still 1996.

    The Republican party really doesn’t have much more than a big toe in the water of “secret racism” any more. They are much more about hating teh gheys and teh atheists and teh Moozlims.

  71. joe,

    Seriously though. I agree with your 1:10 post. Your post at 1:06 is another matter. I believe that your take is a bit . . . subjective. The impression I always got was that McCain was trying to paint himself as an outsider to the political system.

  72. Fluffy,

    Don’t forget about the IllegalHordes.

  73. Naga, I think he’s talking about McCain post-Palin. His whole campaign took a….darker turn after the convention.

  74. BDB,

    Hmmmmmmm. Maybe. Still a bit subjective but I can follow that a little better. He really started getting dirty after the convention.

  75. Go take a look at the Living Room Candidate website and arrange McCain’s ads in chronological order to see what I mean. They start out as standard negative (and somewhat funny) ads, but sometime around early September they go off the rials into LoneWacko territory.

  76. It wasn’t standard dirty, though. Like I said, it was really weird/paranoid dirty. Compare the Windsurfing Bush ad to, say, the Ayers ad.

  77. BDB,

    No thanks. I’m sure it shows that I watch little tv. You did remind me of an awesome moment in time though. Some ad came on about how Obama was part of some ACORN cospiracy and one of my roommates slammed his glass down and just complains about this crazy ad shit. His final take on it? “Do we really want old man McCain’s fingers on the button when he’s in a cranky mood?” I could not disagree.

  78. His final take on it? “Do we really want old man McCain’s fingers on the button when he’s in a cranky mood?” I could not disagree.

    Yeah, that’s the conclusion most of the country reached by the last week of October. McCain’s fall campaign was just horribly executed.

  79. BDB,

    Well that is all moot now. HOPE and CHANGE has come to Washington!

  80. Naga Shadow,

    The impression I always got was that McCain was trying to paint himself as an outsider to the political system.

    I agree that HE was. I think there was a huge, strange disconnect between John McCain and his party, even his own campaign. Palin, and every other Republican with face time, and even McCain’s own advisors would go out and whip up the “Scary Secret Muslim Terrorist” shtick, and his supporters would get all worked up, and then he would talk them down. I can’t recall ever seeing anything like it.

  81. John McCain’s campaign was run more like Bush in 2000 than like Obama’s campaign, or either of the Clintons’ campaigns, or Poppy Bush, or Dole.

    McCain, like Bush, was like the talent in someone else’s production. But while Bush was a good fit for what Rove was trying to do, McCain was an awful fit for the campaign teams’ strategy.

  82. McCain’s fall campaign was just horribly executed.

    If the Republican National Committee had had somebody competent in charge, Queeg and Palin would have been horribly executed.

  83. joe,

    Ah. Acknowledged. I would definitely fall in line with that reasoning. Sorry for being difficult.

  84. Difficult I can live with.

    You can be as difficult with me as you like. You’re smart and insightful, and honest in your arguments, so it’s all good.

  85. Are you trying to make me blush? I have a self depreciating(read that as dry) sense of humor so it tends to make me open minded about when others are being stupid and when I’m being stupid. I just realized we were arguing about nomenclature. I was being stupid.

  86. No, no, it was a good point. There’s a tendency to talk about what “McCain” did when discussing his campaign, and a lot of what McCain individually did is quite different than what the McCain campaign did.

  87. Are you trying to make me blush?

    You fool! Sith Lords don’t blush!

  88. Elemenope,

    That statement should be read with sarcastic haughtiness. Not with meek trembling.

  89. joe,

    You are suggesting we tripped over the others arguments? Sounds about right.

  90. Yeah, I’m…

    giggle…

    I’ve got…

    wait a minute…

    wait a minute…

    I’ve always had…

    TWO LEFT FEET!

    Tap tap tap. Is this thing on?

  91. Waiter, I’ll try the fish…

  92. The GOP isn’t going to die – at all. It will simply morph even more into a lighter version of the Democratic Party. There’ll eventually be another change of guard, but both will be advocating more or less the same policies, while strangling any major change to the status quo. Welcome to Great Britain.

  93. Or Canada for that matter.

  94. The GOP isn’t going to die. It’s just going to be the minority party for a while.

    Could be a small minority for a long while, though.

  95. The GOP has a real chance of re-emerging in a few years if they fully adopt the mantra of fiscal responsibility. Once we’re out of the recession, people are going to see credit as an issue. And if they do, I might have to actually consider voting for them.

    Who am I kidding. As a guy who isn’t christian, who lives in a big city, and who occasionally drinks lattes, I am the bad guy. They don’t just not want my vote, they’d be insulted if I ever did vote for them. And deficits will never be a greater priority than starting wars and cutting taxes below revenue levels. Fuck it.

  96. I, too, as a non-Republican, will defend Republicans against the charges of racism. The major basis of this claim is that they 1.) accepted candidates who were segregationists (unlike, say, Robert Byrd), 2.) they argue that the welfare state led to bad economics, which was perceived as a racial attack for some reason, 3.) some of their most prominent voices tell off-color jokes and are politically incorrect (like Rush Limbaugh, whom I don’t believe is a racist, as his show’s right-hand man is black) and 4.) there aren’t many black people in the GOP.

    On the first point, do you really blame a minority party from accepting a coalition of politicians who they obviously have had disagreements with in the past if it will give them a strong caucus and control of a big region of the country? If a coalition of elected conservatives like Jeff Flake, Tom Coburn and others who many of us libertarians think are authoritarian on social issues decided to join the LP, do you think the party would just say “no” if it expands the party’s influence?

    As for the opposition to welfare economics, many were opposed to it because welfare was keeping black people in the gutter. Ten years after welfare reform, the number of children below the poverty line declined from 22% to 18%, the number of employed single mothers went from 62% to 69%, and overall poverty declined for African Americans and Latinos. This article shows how successful reform actually was 10 years later. This was yet another example of how the bad economics of the Left had been hurting the poor and how the situation was somewhat alleviated by more conservative economics. This all fits into my thesis that the Left’s bad economic analysis and emotion-based mentality fails poor people, and that Republicans fail to grab this fact is just a sign that they are an elitist party.

    I’m not even going to refute the third point, as political incorrectness has little to do with racism and more to do with oversensitivity by listeners and overreaction by the media and groups who need to show that racism still widely exists in America in order to solicit money for their campaigns.

    On the last point, the GOP has failed to market itself to minorities, because maybe in general the party is far more colorblind and meritocratic than the Democrats, instead of flaunting devotion to racial special interest groups. Of course, partisan hacks will argue that they are devoted to defending white people, but the only correlation I see is that they tend to support policies that favor the rich and upper middle class, which tend to be white. I think this is a mistake, and I hope that people listen to some Republicans like Tim Pawlenty, who have argued that the GOP needs a progressive rebranding. (By progressive, I mean policies that recognize real economic impacts on the poor and the proportional weight of a dollar for a poor person versus a rich person, not necessarily welfare statism or redistribution of income.)

    By the way, let’s also point out that it was a GOP administration who nominated the first (and second) black Secretaries of State. Let’s also not forget that the Senate leader of the Democratic party apparently asked Blago not to appoint any of the known black candidates to replace Obama, but instead offered several white candidates as “acceptable.” I just think that the Democrats know how to pander to racial minorities, but they are often in practice just as racist as Republicans (which for both sides compared to the past is not very much). It’s like the North in the Reconstruction – they wanted blacks to be free off in the distant South but many would be uncomfortable if a black family moved into their neighborhood…

  97. So the Republicans think an inexperienced black man without credentials can save their party. We’ll just look at what happened to the Democrats!

  98. There have definitely been a handful of black Republicans that I’ve respected if not always agreed with. Colin Powell and Condoleeza (sp?) Rice, for instance. I’m hard-pressed to think of a whole lot of politicians I’m a fan of, Republican or Democrat. I think the dearth of black Republicans is as much hangover blowback from the Southern Strategy as it is due to anything the Republicans have or haven’t done lately.
    What’s my point? I’m not sure I have one.

    But I’m not certain that, as it pertains to race, the Dems or the Republicans always do either.

  99. The Republicans didn’t just “accept” segregationists into their party; Meatgoggles. Tthey actively courted them, and designed their national political strategy around appealing to white-backlash sentiment.

    they argue that the welfare state led to bad economics, which was perceived as a racial attack for some reason Yes, “for some reason.” For some totally incomprehensible reason, people thought that references to “big black bucks” and “welfare queens” had racial overtones. Whatever could it have been?

    Welfare itself may not have been an explicitly racial issue, but the Republicans quite deliberately worked to present it as one, as part of their Southern Strategy and appeal to white-flighters. Nobody on this board has any trouble understanding how gun control, which is itself completely racially neutral, can be framed in terms of an appeal to racism, but we’re not supposed to understand how welfare was? Give me a break.

    But I suppose that very little of this makes any sense to someone who thinks that disgust at racist humor is just a hustle.

  100. joe,

    “Big black bucks”? I haven’t heard that since I read Othello.

  101. Actually, I think the term Ronald Reagan used was “strong young bucks,” or “big young bucks” taking their welfare checks and buying gin.

    But he probably meant to conjure up an image of a young Polish man. Or perhaps Canadian.

    I will now look forward to the accusations of racism for not pretending to be unaware that the term “bucks” has long been used to refer to young black men.

  102. Sippin’ on gin and juice . . . layback . . . with my mind on my money and my money on my mind . . .

    joe,

    I think you are running afoul of cultural geography. Young white boys are called bucks in most of Mississippi. Sorta the way you order carbonated beverages in different parts of the country. Down here you ask for a coke, up in Tennessee you ask for soda, and when I was in Pennslyvania once, they used the term pop.

  103. Naga,

    I’m a liberal. I got my mind on your money and your money on my mind.

    Bwah hah haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…

    Anyway, Ronald Reagan wasn’t from Mississippi.

  104. If one were so inclined, Naga, one could probably dream up a perfectly innocent explanation for every single act of race-baiting that Southern Strategy Republicans engaged in between 1968 and 1994.

    Bringing up states rights in Philadelphia, Mississippi? What do you have against federalism, anyway?

    Willie Horton ad? Purely a policy ad, about the criminal justice system.

    And on and on and on. The problem is, the people who put that strategy together have come out and acknowledged exactly what they were doing.

  105. i thought Rush was the leader of the repubs.

  106. “I will now look forward to the accusations of racism for not pretending to be unaware that the term ‘bucks’ has long been used to refer to young black men.”

    WTH are you talking about, joe? My (very white) uncle used to always talk about when he was “a young buck”.

  107. However, I tend to agree that the Republicans were courting white southern racists. However, trying to get the votes of a specific group doesn’t mean one shares the predilections of members of that specific group. I think that Repubs would have been against bussing, for example, in any case. They sold it as one of a few major issues, in part because they knew it would get them the votes of many white southerners. While it’s a distasteful strategy, it’s also politics, which tends to be dirty, and tends to cause associations that most would prefer to avoid.

  108. This whole sinking ship business is pure bullshit. People were saying the same exact thing about the Democratic Party in 2000, 2002 and 2004.

  109. “Willie Horton ad? Purely a policy ad, about the criminal justice system.”

    You mean the ad that never mentioned the guy’s race? Or the ad that hammered a moron who furloughed a murderous felon? Now how could that possibly be an issue in an election?

  110. And the ads run by the Democratic Party and their surrogates claiming that every time a Republican is elected another black church burns and electing George Bush is killing James Byrd all over again, exactly which color of bigot are those ads appealing to asshole?

  111. Of course joe you probably wouldn’t remember the particulars of the Willie Horton ad because you were probably in diapers at the time. But don’t let that stop you from explaining to us how a furlough program that lets out convicted felons who then go on to rape and murder is no big deal and anyone who thinks otherwise is a racist.

  112. I always get a kick from the jackasses, like joe, who pick apart every fucking statement to find the supposed racism involved. A guy insults a heckler’s haircut, must be racism. A candidate mocks big-city elitists in front of rural crowds, must be racism. I suppose making fun of Charlie Rangel’s tax problems and William Jefferson’s freezer full of cash is racism too, right joe? If I mention that Obama’s next cabinet picks should be Willie Nelson and Wesley Snipes, does that make me racist? Assholes who claim that “Real America” is the more subtle equivalent of “Go back to Africa nigger” passed self-parody and went straight to retarded a long time ago.

    I am curious, where are/were the racism outrage police whenever someone on the left mocks Clarence Thomas, Condaleeza Rice or Colin Powell (although Powell slightly atoned for his sins in the left’s eyes when he endorsed Obama)? I can guarantee the only racist jokes concerning Michael Steele will be coming from the left.

    On a totally unrelated note, joe you are such a pathetic, whiny little piece of shit. I can bet you got your ass kicked almost every day of the fucking week when you were in high school, you know, a few years ago. You are a self-righteous little shit who thinks he knows everything. Seriously anyone who thinks mentioning his masters degree, like you have in the past, will automatically win an argument is an arrogant little prick. The fact that you think that shitty, meaningless degree means anything is hilarious.

  113. I declared the Democrats dead after ’04, yet the Republicans fucked things up in such a spectacular fashion that they rose from the dead. I have faith that by controlling the White House and both houses of Congress, the Dems will be able to do the same thing by 2013.

    Yep.

    After 20-30 more years of this, maybe then we’ll start looking at letting in a real 3rd party.

    Nope.

  114. I wonder if Condi Rice will run for POTUS in 2012. That could be an interesting race. What will the NAACP do then? If both major party candidates are black how will they be able to argue that racism is a major problem in the Untied States?

    As far as the NAACP is concerned Condi Rice (like Clarence Thomas) isn’t really black.

    Much like NOW’s view that Condi Rice and Sarah Palin aren’t really women.

    And once Obama is out of office they’ll say he isn’t really black because: he has no ancestors that lived in the South during slavery; was raised solely by a white mother; grew up in Hawaii (a state with a non-white majority population); went to one of the best private high schools in the country (Punahou); went to Harvard.

  115. A candidate mocks big-city elitists in front of rural crowds, must be racism.

    Like when George Allen called some Indian guy “macaca”? Because I think that counts as racism. Besides, most of America lives in suburban and urban areas, so the Republicans are just digging themselves in an even bigger hole by insulting “big-city elitists” to court those rural crowds. But I guess those are the only people they’ll find to bite at the “evolution is a lie” line. It’s just too easy.

  116. On a side note, I just watched Jesus Camp last night (Creationist Adventures TV show and that particular type of sad, pathetic homeschooling mother) as well as ran into the crazy preacher on the West Mall of UT’s campus holding a sign that really did say “Evolution is a lie”. If these people weren’t around, I wouldn’t get to experience that strange sensation of laughing and crying at the same time.

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