This is what the Republicans stand for


by Sunny
28th August, 2008 at 2:39 am    

On the Republican National Committee Web site, under the section on “Meet Barack Obama,” he’s called “a street organizer,” which can mean only one thing. By insinuation, Mother Teresa would be one step from a crack dealer. “Do we know if he ever sold drugs?” Sean Hannity [Fox News], ever eager to inject a lie that fits a stereotype in the national bloodstream, asked Jerome R. Corsi, the professional character assassin and author of “Obama Nation.”

The Texas Republican Party targets Obama with a Web video that shows pictures of an African who lives in a shack, identified as Obama’s half-brother, George Hussein Onyango Obama. Hint, hint. And at a Washington state fair this week, the Republican booth distributed $3 bills depicting Barack Obama with Arab headgear and a camel.

From the NY Times. But apparently, John McCain is a principled candidate who would never stoop so low as allowing his party to make racist attacks. This is the great Republican Party. Anyone pretending that its some principled outfit is fooling themselves.
Anyway, Obama has now officially been annointed the Democratic candidate. Now, its time to go on the attack guys. Meanwhile, I thought this anecdote was hilarious:

Obviously, race is a tripwire topic for television, as Chris Matthews of MSNBC demonstrated all too irrepressibly on Tuesday. Mr. Matthews said the Obamas are “like the Huxtables,” and praised Mrs. Clinton and Mrs. Obama as exceptional role models: “They do everything right. They have great kids, they work their hearts off, they make it in their professions, they don’t live off welfare, they don’t commit crimes, they don’t live on affirmative action.”

His two African-American guests, the seasoned television personalities Ed Gordon and Jeff Johnson, gave him a skeptical look but did not comment.


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  1. douglas clark — on 28th August, 2008 at 3:57 am  

    It’s a tough old world in US politics. Our advantage is that Obama is a personable looking bloke, whereas McCain looks, err, not so hot.

    I’d see this battle going down to the head to heads. Where I do expect Obama to wipe the floor with Senator McCain, somewhat like the Nixon / Kennedy debacle:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ur92R4Gvcj4

    Still, it is much closer than I’d have thought. There is no telling about the potential stupidity of Americans.

    Buy shares in bomb shelters if McCain wins. In fact, buy a bomb shelter.

  2. MaidMarian — on 28th August, 2008 at 8:53 am  

    douglas clark – Or, surely, buy shares in bomb companies?

    More short-term, Ladbrokes are currently offering 6/4 on McCain to win outright

    http://www.ladbrokes.com/lbr_sports?action=go_type&category=SPECIALS&class_id=110000037&type_id=110000608

    Rip thier hands off.

  3. The Common Humanist — on 28th August, 2008 at 9:01 am  

    Rumbold? Rumbold?

    Care to defend your GOP boys?

    Rumbold? Rumbold?

    Rumbold? Rumbold?

  4. Rumbold — on 28th August, 2008 at 10:06 am  

    Douglas:

    I’m not Republican, or republican. I would however ask you to join me in condemning this disgraceful comment about Senator Obama:

    “”I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”

    This suggests that the speaker thinks that all African-American politicians before Obama were dirty and stupid. Disgusting eh?

    The other day I felt sorry for the first time for Obama, when the BBC interviewed these rabidly pro-Hillary protestors in Denver.

  5. douglas clark — on 28th August, 2008 at 10:25 am  

    Rumbold,

    Sure. You could probably find some off the cuff remark I’d made since January 2007, when you may remember Biden was also a candidate for the Democratic nomination.

    The following is also from Jan/Feb 2007:

    “Barack Obama is probably the most exciting candidate that the Democratic or Republican party has produced at least since I’ve been around,” he said, adding: “Call Senator Obama. He knew what I meant by it. The idea was very straightforward and simple. This guy is something brand new that nobody has seen before.”

    Asked about Mr. Biden’s comments, Mr. Obama said in an interview, “I didn’t take it personally and I don’t think he intended to offend.” Mr. Obama, who serves with Mr. Biden on the Foreign Relations Committee, added, “But the way he constructed the statement was probably a little unfortunate.”

    My friend, I know you are not a republican, you are probably the first main stream Briton who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice looking guy* ever to join the Libertarian Party :-)

    * most of this is supposition.

  6. Rumbold — on 28th August, 2008 at 10:32 am  

    Douglas:

    “My friend, I know you are not a republican, you are probably the first main stream Briton who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice looking guy* ever to join the Libertarian Party.”

    Heh. Well, when you join, that will make two of us. Tehn we can cut spending and taxes together.

  7. shariq — on 28th August, 2008 at 10:55 am  

    Just watched Bill Clinton’s speech. Absolutely terrific. I was reminded of just why he was such a sophisticated and successful politician.

    Classic line – when Clinton ran for President, the Republicans said he was too inexperienced to be President.

    Another one – John McCain is a patriot who loves his country just like we love our country – he has shown his independence from the Republican party – However on the two main issues, rebuilding the american dream and restoring america’s standing and influence in the world he proposes more of the same.

    Sunny, just watching John Kerry right now – his points are rock solid and he attacked McCain brilliantly with his Senator McCain v Candidate McCain jibes. However he still comes across terribly and would have made a horrible veep :p

  8. Ravi Naik — on 28th August, 2008 at 11:34 am  

    Kerry was amazing… the best speech so far.

  9. shariq — on 28th August, 2008 at 12:39 pm  

    To clarify, I did think the substance of Kerry’s speech was fantastic. Unfortunately, it felt like one of those great Al Gore after the event speeches – why couldn’t he have done that before? Also, the tone of the speech meant that you could see he was speaking with some bitterness.

    Also, he doesn’t project in the same way that Joe Biden does. It would have been interesting to see how it would have gone done if Joe Biden had given John Kerry’s speech.

    Basically, the Obama campaign has decided to stick with the noble, hope campaign. Hopefully it works.

  10. Sunny — on 28th August, 2008 at 3:22 pm  

    Lol, shut it Shariq. Biden hasn’t exactly outshone at the conference has he?

    I agree that Bill Clinton’s speech was spot on. I’m glad the Clintons are putting aside the rivalry for the greater cause of defeating the Republicans. A rare trait on the left.

  11. Ravi Naik — on 28th August, 2008 at 6:16 pm  

    . I’m glad the Clintons are putting aside the rivalry for the greater cause of defeating the Republicans. A rare trait on the left.

    They didn’t have any choice, considering they want to keep their hopes alive in 2012 if Obama loses, and gain the capital they’ve lost in 2008 with the African American community.
    And I believe that if Obama does win, Clinton might be selected to represent the Supreme Court, which is a very prestigious position. That would really, really, piss off Republicans.

    So far in the convention, I was impressed with Michelle Obama and John Kerry. I wish Democrats could speak like John Kerry did yesterday every day. I hope to see John Kerry in a prominent position in Obama’s administration. I really like the guy.

    Democrats have really good and decent people on board, and Republicans keep on giving us scoundrels… Mitt Romney, McCain, Giuliani – I can’t believe Americans are so dumb to seriously ponder which party serves the country best.

    The real question is whether America will have a President they need, or someone they deserve.

  12. Ravi Naik — on 28th August, 2008 at 8:06 pm  

    I hate Putin, but this revelation makes a lot of sense. McCain’s wife was in Georgia on Tuesday, by the way.

  13. Rumbold — on 28th August, 2008 at 8:34 pm  

    Ravi:

    “I hate Putin, but this revelation makes a lot of sense.”

    Er not really. It sounds like one of those theories which suggests that Mossad were behind everything. Or the CIA. Or giant lizards.

  14. Shamit — on 28th August, 2008 at 8:55 pm  

    All Bill Clinton said Obama’s story about Iraq war was a fairy tale — and Donna Brazille sitting at CNN Centre decided that was racist. It was the same Ms. Brazille who crafted Al Gore’s campaign and did not use Bill Clinton on the trail.

    If Bill Clinton wasn’t branded (wrongly) racist, Hillary would have had at least 15-20% African American Support – which could have put her on the top. Whatever Bill Clinton is he is not a racist and Obama knows that.

    To reduce this tension, all Obama had to do was pay homage to Bill Clinton’s record on Civil Rights and say he did not believe Bill Clinton was racist. Also, credit him on the achievements of his Presidency — Obama chose to praise Reagan than Clinton. So, if the tension lingered why was it Bill Clinton’s fault — and not Obama. And yesterday, BC told the world why Obama should be President much better than Obama did himself so far.

    Also Hillary’s comment about Lyndon Johnson, who sacrificed Democratic majority in the Congress to achieve civil rights, was construed to be undermining the African American Community and the Civil Rights Leadership — and once again they were wrongly branded racists. by the way, until Civil rights, Democrats won 7 out of 10 presidential elections and since civil rights its just been the opposite — as the South went all the way to first George Wallace and then Republicans.

    So, the hate mongering and politics of fear have worked for Republicans and demonising opponents — and they win because the Democratic party is full of Howard Dean’s and Nancy Pelosis’ rather than a Clinton or an Obama. John Kerry lost the election himself, when the photograph of him windsurfing came out…he should have learnt from the Dukakis example.

    Bill Clinton won because everytime they attacked him he communicated within the contruct of the Republican Party and beat them at their game without demonising them. Remember the 1995 -1996 budget crisis when pundits wrote Bill Clinton off including our own very Guardian columnist Freedland and others.

    The republicans win because the democrats let the loony left take over the party — and the agenda.

  15. Ravi Naik — on 28th August, 2008 at 10:03 pm  

    All Bill Clinton said Obama’s story about Iraq war was a fairy tale

    Actually, Bill Clinton got in trouble because he said that Jesse Jackson also won South Carolina, so no big deal that Clinton had lost. Why did Clinton compare Obama with Jesse Jackson? It is a subtle way to say that Obama is the token black candidate, and not to be taken seriously by “real hard working white Americans”. Hillary said Obama was like Martin Luther King (black preacher), and she was like LBJ (white president). While these comparisons look naive to us, they do have a lot of meaning in a country that was not long ago (and in a lot of way still is) segregated on racial lines.

    To reduce this tension, all Obama had to do was pay homage to Bill Clinton’s record on Civil Rights and say he did not believe Bill Clinton was racist. Also, credit him on the achievements of his Presidency — Obama chose to praise Reagan than Clinton.

    Bill Clinton is not racist, but he, Hillary and their surrogates (Geraldine Ferraro, etc) clearly used the race card to paint Obama as the black candidate. Not only that, Shamit, but did you see the memos that come out from Clinton’s chief strategist, saying that they should paint Obama as a foreigner and not a real American?

    Why should Obama defend Bill Clinton if this guy is purposely being an arse? But see, when Joe Biden said something in the lines of Obama being a clean and articulate candidate, Obama defended him during the debates saying he knows Biden and knows he has an impeccable record on civil rights. That was before the primaries.

    By the way, Clinton went so negative on Obama, that she even said that McCain and herself were ready to be commander-in-chief and that Obama just made a speech. Unsurprisingly, McCain is using this footage against Obama.

    I am really glad they’ve lost, and that despite threats of disunity, Obama did not choose Hillary as his VP.

    The republicans win because the democrats let the loony left take over the party — and the agenda.

    Republicans win because they use fear and smear, something Democrats are unable or unwilling to do. And also because most Americans are idiots and do not grasp what is going on. The “Loony left” is part of that myth created by Republicans. The truth is that Democrats are true moderates, and Republicans are extreme-right.

  16. Sunny — on 28th August, 2008 at 10:25 pm  

    Rumbold – let’s put it this way. Georgia is close to the US. Either it told the US it was going to attack South Ossetia, and had tacit support, or it didn’t tell its one ally that would ensure it didn’t get obliterated – which is unlikely.
    The US knew it was going to happen and tacitly said yes. That much everyone knows. That doesn’t excuse Russian or Georgian behaviour, but its not out of the fray here.

    As for Bill Clinton’s comments – there was a lot more. They also implied constantly that the white working classes weren’t backing Obama – when the difference was more about gender than race. Hillary Clinton herself tried it.

    Of course, its nowhere near to the smearing the Republicans are trying. But it was more than simply what Shamit said initially.

  17. Shamit — on 29th August, 2008 at 12:19 am  

    Sunny – Ravi — I agree with you guys most of the times on most issues but on the race card play in the primary I disagree. I think Obama camp subtly started it and it even went on after the primaries as well — where whenever someone disagrees with Obama — you are racist and I think on that one I give McCain points for calling Obama on it.

    And, Democrats know how to win elections too — look at some of the gubernatorial and Senate races they won.

    However, their Presidential candidates cant seem to win the South or the Heartland — when they do they win — Clinton and Carter. Also, the Presidential Candidates have a tendency to shoot themselves in the foot examples – Dukakis and Kerry — and unlike Bill Clinton they could not come back with a stronger narrative rather they get caught up in the smear narrative. Otherwise, how could a 17 point lead going to the convention end up with 10 point win by Bush Senior in 88.

    Obama is the next generation and a brilliant politician. he has probably the most disciplined campaign that I have seen run by a Democrat for a long time. And the man is brilliant and gifted and I sure hope he can win the election. but he would need help from some big name Democrats.

  18. Sunny — on 29th August, 2008 at 4:56 am  

    Obama is the next generation and a brilliant politician. he has probably the most disciplined campaign that I have seen run by a Democrat for a long time. And the man is brilliant and gifted and I sure hope he can win the election. but he would need help from some big name Democrats.

    I agree, and the convention showed they were united.

    As for your earlier point, I disagree. I think Obama has gone out of his way to avoid calling anyone racist, because we know what happens when you do that….

  19. Ravi Naik — on 29th August, 2008 at 9:32 am  

    I think Obama camp subtly started it and it even went on after the primaries as well — where whenever someone disagrees with Obama — you are racist and I think on that one I give McCain points for calling Obama on it.

    Shamit, politically speaking, bringing up “race” and “racism” is bad for Obama, because it turns away white votes, and tarnishes his image as a post-racial politician. Sunny is right: Clinton repeatedly said that that Obama couldn’t get white votes (and she also said the same about Hispanic votes) – at that point, there was no subtlety on who’s playing the race card.

    Also, the Presidential Candidates have a tendency to shoot themselves in the foot examples – Dukakis and Kerry

    The media in great part helped propagate the narrative against Kerry and Dukakis. Apart from AP and Fox News, I don’t think the media is biased towards either Democrats or Republicans. They are biased towards whatever sells newspaper and media, and Republicans are masters of making drama and entertainment when their opponents shoot themselves in the foot… Democrats are pretty lame playing that game, even though Republicans shoot themselves in the foot over and over.

    Today McCain will be announcing his VP. This should be interesting.

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