Pulpit Bulls

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Race-Baiting Just Doesn’t Work Like It Used To

Posted by Eric on June 4, 2009

So former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Some-Place-Where-They-Really-Hate-Immigrants) likens Sonia Sotomayor to some kind of brown-skinned klanswoman while RNC Chairman Rush Limbaugh says the way you get ahead in the Obama Administration is by hating white people. Yet Sotomayor is still popular and Barack Obama is still really popular. That reminded me of this Politico post back in the 2008 election from a GOP-conducted focus group where some attack ads were shown to conservative-leaning swing voters backing Obama:

54 year-old white male, voted Kerry ’04, Bush ’00, Dole ’96, hunter, NASCAR fan…hard for Obama said: “I’m gonna hate him the minute I vote for him. He’s gonna be a bad president. But I won’t ever vote for another god-damn Republican. I want the government to take over all of Wall Street and bankers and the car companies and Wal-Mart run this county like we used to when Reagan was President.”

The next was a woman, late 50s, Democrat but strongly pro-life. Loved B. and H. Clinton, loved Bush in 2000. “Well, I don’t know much about this terrorist group Barack used to be in with that Weather guy but I’m sick of paying for health insurance at work and that’s why I’m supporting Barack.”

Now it’s the same rub, but it’s Sotomayor instead of Jeremiah Wright or Bill Ayers. It didn’t work then and it’s hard to see it working now. The people who already hate Obama because he hates white people, well, they already hate Obama because he hates white people. Repeating this nonsense doesn’t seem to be effective at all but the Republicans don’t really have any attack that works and it makes for entertaining television, so what the hell.

In the end I am sure that the media will perk up while Tom Tancredo and Newt Gingrich and Pat Buchanan keep spouting off with this type of stuff that nobody cares about.


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