Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Republican Racism Review: Birther SEALs, Dog Whistles, and the American Dream

Real button handed out at the 2008
Texas Republican State Convention
If you start keeping your eyes open for them, there are a terrifying number of news stories about Republicans being racist:
  • Oh, the other former Navy SEAL organization attacking the President for killing Osama Bin Laden is also lead by a Birther.  You know, for symmetry.
  • The Romney campaign is accusing Vice President Joe Biden of using racist "code words" in his comments about how Republican economic policies would unchain Wall Street and put the rest of us in chains.  Now I could go off on a tangent about how maybe when no prominent African American individuals or organizations have come forward saying the comments were inappropriate or asking for an apology and in fact the only people who seem to be upset are conservative white people, that maybe, just maybe, those comments weren't actually racist but just an uncomfortable truth.  But instead I want to congratulate the Romney campaign on figuring out the concept of dog whistle racism.  Maybe now they'll stop using it themselves.  For example not saying things like President Obama doesn't appreciate our special "Anglo-Saxon heritage."  Stuff like that.
  • Meanwhile, Danny Tarkanian, a Republican congressional candidate in Nevada, defended himself of accusations of using broad racial stereotypes by accusing his African American opponent of pretending to be black.  Presumably he believes that the best defense against accusations of racism is doubling down on the racism?  Closet racists really must hate the prevalence of camera phones.
  • RNC Chairman Reince Preibus believes that the "Mitt Romney Story" best represents "the American Dream."  I mean sure the child of an interracial marriage, raised by a single mother, coming from humble beginnings to become a constitutional law professor and later President of the United States SOUNDS good, but its no born to a multi-millionaire CEO and Governor who went on to be a corporate raider and then try to buy the Presidency multiple times.  Come on, this is the American Dream we're talking about.

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