Let me begin by stating that any comment that uses the phrase “the race card” will be deleted. Admittedly I am a bit of a language wonk, but there are certain phrases that just tap dance on my last nerve — and that’s one of them. you are forewarned. (Also, the phrase “exact same.” Please stop saying that. If something is the same, it is exact. If it is not the same, it is similar).
I’m trying to imagine what it would be like to be a wealthy, white, Republican American right now, and I guess I’d be pretty nervous. Not only is the economy going on a bender, it’s also starting to look pretty likely that those people, led by that one are going to be running the country after November 4. They see their whole world, their whole “way of life” slipping away. That’s the only explanation I came come up with for the recent racism oozing out of the McCain Palin crowd.
And while rally attendees have been pretty unsophisticated in their racism — surely you’ve read about the “Obama” hat on a stuffed Curious George doll” or the folks yelling “terrorist!” or “Obama bin Laden!” — both John McCain and Sarah Palin have been incredibly slick with their language. In fact it would be easy to hear what they have said recently and not think too much about it. Unless you’re part of their gang. Because then you would hear these phrases for the race-baiting fear-mongering that they are.
While Palin looks into the camera and says she’s here for the “Joe Sixpacks” and the “Hockey Moms” of America, we know who she’s winking at. And they ain’t black, my friends. Meanwhile, McCain uses a stage whisper to say your taxes will go up because of … that one. (What was that, a flashback to his high school production of Othello, or something?) And when Palin roused the faithful at the Republican Convention earlier this summer by disparaging the work of “community organizers,” who was she talking about? The people who work for the poor and minorities.
So now, in the final throes of desperation, the Republican machine has rolled out an attack on ACORN (Association of Community Associations for Reform Now). Just in time for Halloween, ACORN embodies the bogie man feared most by Republicans: poor and minorities taking over America. From Talking Points Memo:
So it’s important to get the facts straight about who ACORN is, what they do, and why they are important to the democratic process. From Talking Points Memo:ACORN registers lots of lower income and/or minority voters. They operate all across the country and do a lot of things beside voter registration. What’s key to understand is their method. By and large they do not rely on volunteers to register voters. They hire people — often people with low incomes or even the unemployed. This has the dual effect of not only registering people but also providing some work and income for people who are out of work. But because a lot of these people are doing it for the money, inevitably, a few of them cut corners or even cheat. So someone will end up filling out cards for nonexistent names and some of those slip through ACORN’s own efforts to catch errors. (It’s important to note that in many of the recent ACORN cases that have gotten the most attention it’s ACORN itself that has turned the people in who did the fake registrations.) These reports start buzzing through the right-wing media every two years and every time the anecdotal reports of ‘thousands’ of fraudulent registrations turns out, on closer inspection, to be either totally bogus themselves or wildly exaggerated. So thousands of phony registrations ends up being, like, twelve.
Further explanation from my pretend girlfriend news anchor Rachel Maddow:
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“Rachel Utopia”? Oh, I am so there!