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The GOP and race baiting: they just can't help themselves

 
 
nimh
 
Reply Fri 27 Oct, 2006 01:11 pm
In spite of Condi, the relationship between the rightwing political machine and blacks appears to be as ... problematic as ever. Especially when the stakes are high, election date is near, and the machine desperate.

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The Year Of Playing Dirtier

Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, October 27, 2006; A01

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  • In two dozen congressional districts, a political action committee supported by a white Indianapolis businessman, J. Patrick Rooney, is running ads saying Democrats want to abort black babies. A voice says, "If you make a little mistake with one of your hos, you'll want to dispose of that problem tout de suite, no questions asked."

  • In the most controversial recent ad, the Republican National Committee slammed Rep. Harold E. Ford Jr. (D-Tenn.) for attending a Playboy-sponsored Super Bowl party. In the ad, a scantily clad white actress winks as she reminisces about good times with Ford, who is black.
[..] The Playboy ad bashing Ford [..] is a typical product of the attack politics of 2006. Its beneficiary, GOP Senate candidate Bob Corker, called it "tacky" but said he cannot do anything about an RNC ad. Even RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman said he is powerless to stop it; it is an "independent expenditure" of the RNC, out of the committee's control. He doesn't seem too upset about it, though. Corker has been rising in the polls since it started airing.


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More about the first, and most outrageous, example from Sourcewatch.org:

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America's PAC
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=America's_Pac

"The IRS filing indicates that the America's PAC ads are running this year in 10 battleground states, including Ohio, New Mexico, and Nevada" [writes Newsmax].

"The campaign discusses issues ranging from warrantless wiretapping to school choice, but the most inflammatory spots pertain to abortion," Josh Gerstein reported in the New York Sun, October 17, 2006.

    "'Black babies are terminated at triple the rate of white babies,' a female announcer in one of the ads says, as rain, thunder, and a crying infant are heard in the background. 'The Democratic Party supports these abortion laws that are decimating our people, but the individual's right to life is protected in the Republican platform. Democrats say they want our vote. Why don't they want our lives?'," Gerstein reported.
"Another ad," Gerstein wrote, "features a dialogue between two men.

    "'If you make a little mistake with one of your "ho's", you'll want to dispose of that problem tout suite, no questions asked,' one of the men says. "'That's too cold. I don't snuff my own seed,' the other replies. "'Maybe you do have a reason to vote Republican,' the first man says.
"Another spot attempts to link Democrats to a white supremacist who served as a Republican in the Louisiana Legislature, David Duke," Gerstein wrote. "The ad makes reference to Duke's trip to Syria last year, where he spoke at an anti-war rally.

    "'I can understand why a Ku Klux Klan cracker like David Duke makes nice with the terrorists,' a male voice in the ad says. 'What I want to know is why so many of the Democrat politicians I helped elect are on the same side of the Iraq war as David Duke.'"
Nadler's Access Advertising of Kansas City, Missouri, is the agency handling the 2006 ads. "Brad Furnish, chief economist at Access, said black voters will benefit from the extra attention," Johnson wrote. "These ads are being sponsored by a political action committee that is conservative but not Republican," Furnish told Johnson.

TNR adds this tidbit:

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A little further background on [this] repulsive ad [..]: The man funding it, J. Patrick Rooney, is the former chairman of Golden Rule Insurance Co. and current chairman of Medical Savings Insurance Co. For more than a decade he has been the nation's single biggest proponent of medical savings accounts and health savings accounts -- giving (literally) millions of dollars in contributions to the Republicans who, in turn, passed laws creating the accounts. (Needless to say, Rooney's companies, which both specialize in the accounts, have benefited enormously.)


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More about the second example from Yahoo News:

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NAACP: Tenn. Senate ad plays to racism

Wed Oct 25

A political TV ad targeting a black candidate for Senate contains what critics, including the NAACP, are calling racist sexual innuendo about a black man and white woman.

The Republican National Committee ad began airing Friday and features a series of characters facetiously declaring their support for Democrat Harold Ford Jr., a Memphis congressman who faces Republican Bob Corker, who is white, in the Nov. 7 election. Polls have shown the two locked in a tight race.

In the ad, a blond white woman brags, "I met Harold at the Playboy party." At the end she looks into the camera, holds her hand like a telephone and says, "Harold, call me," before winking.

The line is an apparent reference to Ford's attendance at a Playboy Super Bowl party in Jacksonville, Fla., last year.

"I was there. I like football, and I like girls," Ford said Tuesday.

"I don't think they're doing it to talk about the goodness of me or the goodness of my opponent," Ford said. "They want to scare people about me."

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People criticized the ad.

"It is a powerful innuendo that plays to pre-existing prejudices about African-American men and white women," Hilary Shelton, head of the Washington NAACP office, told the Los Angeles Times.

The Corker campaign denounced the ad, saying it is "tacky, over the top and is not reflective of the kind of campaign we are running."

RNC spokesman Danny Diaz has defended the ad's accuracy and said it will run its full course. It cost $457,944 to buy the time for the ad, according to Federal Election Commission filings. [..]

Former Clinton Defense Secretary William S. Cohen, also a former Republican senator from Maine, said on CNN that the ad was "a very serious appeal to a racist sentiment."

TNR adds: "the NRSC is basically portraying Ford as a black pimp. The picture of the Playboy playmates--all of whom, natch, are white--is a particularly nasty touch."
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Lash
 
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Reply Fri 27 Oct, 2006 01:58 pm
That's funny. The ad. What idiot comes up with this stuff..."Harold, call me."

The sad thing is both parties bait--sadder still--there is a contingent of voting citizens who respond.
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plainoldme
 
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Reply Fri 27 Oct, 2006 03:19 pm
Even their Blacks can't help it. Real Toms!
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Lash
 
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Reply Fri 27 Oct, 2006 03:27 pm
An ugly racist comment from a cow.
ebrown p
 
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Reply Fri 27 Oct, 2006 03:37 pm
They don't have many blacks left. The number of African-American republican national candidates is 8. This is down from 24 in the 90's.

The wacky conservative Christian thing delivers a small number of blacks to the Republicans-- but even that isn't working so well any more.
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Dartagnan
 
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Reply Fri 27 Oct, 2006 03:52 pm
Lash wrote:

The sad thing is both parties bait--sadder still--there is a contingent of voting citizens who respond.


Indeed. Of course, the hope of those who created that add against Ford is that that contingent will be large enough to beat him!
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 27 Oct, 2006 03:52 pm
What grabs my donuts is, there are dozens of posts on a2k and countless articles otherwise, in which the Republicans crow long and loudly that Democrats are the real racists, something I predict will take place shortly here.
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talk72000
 
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Reply Fri 27 Oct, 2006 09:03 pm
They used the Mexicans to win Latino votes in the Presidential races but now sionce W is not running he wants a fence out Mexicans.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Fri 27 Oct, 2006 09:49 pm
edgarblythe wrote:
What grabs my donuts is, there are dozens of posts on a2k and countless articles otherwise, in which the Republicans crow long and loudly that Democrats are the real racists, something I predict will take place shortly here.


That has certainly been one of the strong loony right party lines here for some time...

That particular one was especially popular a while back...I assume from the ads Nimh describes, that it will be back in force.
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ebrown p
 
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Reply Sat 28 Oct, 2006 09:06 am
Many Latin-Americans I know voted for Bush because they tend to be social conservatives (gay marriage and abortion). I think the people I know are fairly typical.

The immigration issue has changed all this and many of them say openly that Republicans are racist. There is a real anger among Hispanic American citizens over what they see as political attacks on them from HR4437 to the English-Only thing.

The funny thing is that I know this is an oversimplification on their part. But who am to say anything.

I think the Hispanic American vote will be largely Democrat for a long time. And the sad part is, thanks to Graf and the Minutemen and Tancredo, the Democrats don't even need to do very much to earn it.
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Sat 28 Oct, 2006 10:01 am
IMO, the subtext of these ads are that Republicans are for "white" values. Vote Republican if you're afraid of minorities.

Not that I think all or even most Republicans agree with that sentiment. But there definitely seems to be a segment that's willing to voice it.
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Lash
 
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Reply Sat 28 Oct, 2006 10:25 am
edgarblythe wrote:
What grabs my donuts is, there are dozens of posts on a2k and countless articles otherwise, in which the Republicans crow long and loudly that Democrats are the real racists, something I predict will take place shortly here.

I really would like a donut, but I shan't steal yours.

Wouldn't you say, edgar, that both parties harbor racists?
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sat 28 Oct, 2006 03:24 pm
DrewDad wrote:
IMO, the subtext of these ads are that Republicans are for "white" values. Vote Republican if you're afraid of minorities.

Not that I think all or even most Republicans agree with that sentiment. But there definitely seems to be a segment that's willing to voice it.



Not the one, surely, that accuses democrats of murdering black babies?


Though the appalling manner of presentation....I dunno....
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plainoldme
 
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Reply Mon 30 Oct, 2006 05:20 pm
Lash wrote:
An ugly racist comment from a cow.


You're nuts.
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plainoldme
 
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Reply Mon 30 Oct, 2006 05:22 pm
DrewDad wrote:
IMO, the subtext of these ads are that Republicans are for "white" values. Vote Republican if you're afraid of minorities.

Not that I think all or even most Republicans agree with that sentiment. But there definitely seems to be a segment that's willing to voice it.


I agree.
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nimh
 
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Reply Tue 31 Oct, 2006 08:53 pm
A sidenote on that RNC ad against Harold Ford... I guess they didnt heed the throwing stones and glass houses thing.

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The Republican National Committee's porn problem

There's a moment in the Republican National Committee's Harold Ford Jr. attack ad -- it comes smack-dab in the middle of the two bimbo eruptions -- when a sleazy-looking fellow eyes the camera from behind his sunglasses and says, "So he took money from porn movie producers. I mean, who hasn't?"

Who hasn't? Well, it turns out that the RNC has. As Josh Marshall reports, the RNC has accepted a number of campaign contributions from Nicholas T. Boyias, whom Marshall describes as the owner and CEO of one of the largest producers and distributors of gay porn in the United States.

Now, surely there must be a difference between the porn money Ford took and the porn money the RNC is taking, right? There is: Ford gave his back.

The line in the RNC's anti-Ford ad is apparently based on the fact that Ford's campaign took $3,600 in contributions from executives at five "adult entertainment broadcast companies." The Ford campaign returned the contributions as soon as Gannett News Service brought the nature of them to the campaign's attention, saying that taking the money "doesn't meet our standards and is not in tune with Tennessee values."

So far as we can tell, the RNC hasn't returned the contributions that it received from Boyias [..].

(Original post has links..)
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Lash
 
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Reply Wed 1 Nov, 2006 07:11 pm
plainoldme wrote:
Lash wrote:
An ugly racist comment from a cow.


You're nuts.

You made an ugly racist comment.
SierraSong
 
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Reply Wed 1 Nov, 2006 08:25 pm
Payback can be such a bitch.

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Why Democrats Are Worried
Can Republicans "Steele" away some of the black vote?

...What has Democrats really worried, however, is not that Mr. Steele has run a competitive campaign. It's that he may be a harbinger for a national trend, that a once-reliable voting bloc may bolt the Democratic Party, or at least start sitting out elections. And there are signs that blacks are increasingly frustrated with the Democratic Party...


Link
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Wed 1 Nov, 2006 08:42 pm
SierraSong wrote:
Payback can be such a bitch.

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Why Democrats Are Worried
Can Republicans "Steele" away some of the black vote?

...What has Democrats really worried, however, is not that Mr. Steele has run a competitive campaign. It's that he may be a harbinger for a national trend, that a once-reliable voting bloc may bolt the Democratic Party, or at least start sitting out elections. And there are signs that blacks are increasingly frustrated with the Democratic Party...


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When steele was asked "are you running as a Bush supporter?" Steele responded "I am running as a republican"
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ebrown p
 
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Reply Wed 1 Nov, 2006 09:48 pm
What is ironic with Sierra's article is that this year there are only 8 African-Americans running as Republican for national office. This is down from a high of 24 and is the lowest number in a long time.

More than ever Black votes and the Hispanic votes are being given to the Democrats, and the Democrats haven't even had to do any thing to deserve them.
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