[h/t Angry Black Lady]
Because Republicans are known for their Orwellian ability to flip around generally accepted concepts into the complete opposite, it should surprise no one to discover that FightBigotry.com would be better known by a different name: EnergizeRepublicanWhiteMen.com. No one with half a brain actually believes that Barack Obama and Eric Holder are radical black power anti-white bigots, but that's what the newest SuperPac would like for you to believe.
ThinkProgress has the script if you're as repelled as I and don't want to actually watch it:
The Obama administration has injected race into the presidential campaign. Obama Attorney General Eric Holder recently said – with no argument from the president – that their white critics are motivated by race. Implying whites are too stupid to have honest disagreements with the president without being racist is in-and-of-itself racist against whites, reinforcing Mr. Obama’s disturbing pattern of tacitly defending black racism.
Obama’s attorney general said pursuing the New Black Panthers does a great disservice to whose “who risked all, for my people.” So it’s okay for his people to commit racial crimes? In 2009, President Obama defended his friend Henry Louis Gates after a racist altercation with police, telling a white officer he wouldn’t speak to him but would speak to his mama. Mr. Obama’s response? “The Cambridge police acted stupidly.”
Mr. President, you ran as the candidate of change. But one thing has not changed—your tacit defense of racism against white folks, despite receiving nearly half the white vote to win the presidency.
There are so many things wrong with that script that it's impossible to know where to start. The person behind the smear is Stephen Marks, who wrote a book in 2008 entitled "Confessions of a Republican Hitman." Sounds to me like he's spent the last four years working on his technique. His past efforts at political hits were also race based, such as his attempt to paint Al Sharpton as a radical lefty waiting in the wings to co-opt Al Gore.
Nah, nothing racist about Marks. After all, he is the guy who claimed he would "swiftboat" Barack Obama in 2008 and failed. He also worked for that super-inclusive candidate Pat Buchanan, not to mention Jack Abramoff and Carl Paladino.
I guess he has something to prove; namely, that he can still energize angry old white men who ordinarily need Viagra to come alive.
Republicans have pulled out all the stops for Mitt Romney. My email box has been inundated with FEC updates to the numerous requests for advice they've received from supposed "poor little grassroots organizations" who hire heavy hitters to get their job done.
But try as they might to use race, class, position, and outright violence as a way to steal this election, it won't hide the fact that Mitt Romney still won't release his tax returns.
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