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Just In: Fox News Racist Lede Evincing GOP Collective Mental Meltdown

October 16, 2008

Okay kids, this is just racist, sorry. I sense a very special award coming for Fox News. See Colin what happens when you leave the plantation? (fist tap to Junichi)

Apparently the Wingnuts have gone completely into Bizarro World at the prospect of having a Black Democrat as President of (these here) United States of America. Malkin is throwing an hourly hissy fit about ACORN, Hannity invites a verifiable psychotic on his show as an expert witness on Obama and just won’t shut up about Ayers. We’ve got the hard right talk show hosts fighting with the conservative print columnists over criticisms of McCain’s campaign strategy (or complete lack thereof). Instapundit’s partner is talking about some nutty form of protest pulled from the pages of an Ayn Rand novel.

Come on, people, it isn’t like the US is going to sink into the ocean because a Black man is President. Yes, things will be a little different, you’ll have to rethink and reset. But seriously, he’s just a bit to the left of Bill Clinton, whom we must all admit was a die hard centrist. The boat will not be rocked all that much, it’s only that the ship will be righted. Calm down.

Fear of a Black Planet? Perhaps not. Fear of a Black President? Hmmm.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. Dana H. permalink
    October 16, 2008 10:17 am

    I can’t speak to Hannity and Malkin, but Dr. Helen’s question about “going John Galt” appears to be more in response to the *Republican* government takeover of the financial system than the prospect of an Obama presidency. Frankly, I see about a millimeter’s difference between Obama’s and McCain’s policies. As one wag put it, McCain is for NATIONAL socialism, while Obama is for national SOCIALISM.

    (See cartoon here: http://pc.blogspot.com/2008/09/freedom-just-another-word-for-what-we.html)

  2. Keith_Indy permalink
    October 16, 2008 11:34 am

    You are so completely misunderstanding everything.

    The Right isn’t afraid because he’s a black man.

    They’re afraid that he, along with Pelosi and Reid, are going to push this government so far to the left that it will irreparably harm our nation.

    Obama isn’t just a bit to the left of Bill Clinton, he’s far to the left of him. Bill Clinton actually worked with Republicans, Obama has no real record of doing that in the U.S. Senate.

  3. October 16, 2008 12:08 pm

    Dana,
    I suppose that’s true, though she didn’t mention Republicans in the original post that has been edited since I read it first. The comments on the post do suggest there are concerns about Obama being president.

    Keith

    Thanks for leaving McCain campaign talking points.

  4. Keith_Indy permalink
    October 16, 2008 12:21 pm

    Well, whatever. My own opposition to Obama has nothing to do with his skin color. Nor does anyone I know. Nor have I read any serious pundits bring it up.

    Now, of course, there are those kooks on the right who hate him because he’s black, but I would guess, they are equal in number to the number of leftist/progressive/liberal/democratic women who HATE Palin because she’s not pro-choice.

    With regards to McCain, if there were a better candidate that would represent my interests, I’d support them.

  5. October 16, 2008 1:22 pm

    Follow dog whistle politics like that Fox ‘News’ post at http://www.stopdogwhistleracism.com. We track the good, bad and ugly from the left right and center.

  6. October 16, 2008 5:19 pm

    Keith,

    With all respect, disliking Palin because she is not pro choice is not analogous to hating Obama because of his ancestry. One’s stance on abortion is an issue, one’s “race” is as they say an immutable characteristic.

    However, this article about Powell, I mean, he was a hero for the right, their Great Black Hope. Now, any whiff of opposition and they treat him like a sambo doll. That just shows you where their head is.

  7. Keith_Indy permalink
    October 17, 2008 12:30 pm

    Both sides have their kooks who hate. It is an unthinking, emotional state for them, which they will anything to justify. And I’m not talking about having differences of opinion, I’m talking out and out hate. The kind that leads to incidents like this:

    http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/obama-supporter-assaults-female-mccain-volunteer-in-new-york/

    “Defendant grabbed the sign [informant] was holding, broke the wood stick that was attached to it, and then struck informant in informant’s face thereby causing informant to sustain redness, swelling, and bruising to informant’s face and further causing informant to sustain substantial pain.”

    Now, to me, hate is hate, whatever the motive.

    Now, as far as the Fox headline goes, I can see where you’re coming with that. It is an odd juxtaposition, and doesn’t lend anything to the story. But is it racist?

    Obviously, racism is often in the eye of the beholder, so I’m not going to argue it, one way or another. I do agree that it can be taken that way. But, one headline hardly raises to the level of a trend towards anyone.

    The left certainly excommunicates people for not toeing the party line too. Both sides treat apostates harshly. Look at the treatment Chris Buckley got because he’s endorsing Obama. Look at the treatment Lieberman got for standing his ground on the Iraq war. The more they’ve treated him as a pariah, the more he’s stubbornly dug his heels in on the issues.

    If we could get past the party politics, we’d probably be able to come to a consensus about a lot of issues. But that doesn’t raise money or keep incumbents in power.

  8. October 17, 2008 2:19 pm

    We can trade anecdotal evidence all day, though seems to me the glut is on the GOP side. There’s a story circulating about some guys who got beat up at a McCain rally whist cheering for Obama.

    The left didn’t excommunicate Lieberman. He sold out the democrats during the furor over the Florida election results in 2000 when he stabbed Gore in the back during a Meet the Press interview. He was never on the “left” anyway, you realize. That’s how he sold himself, as “bipartisan” which in his case translated into “all about me.”

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