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    Saturday Night Card Game (Mitt Romney Gives Race Card Players The Rope With Which To Hang Him)

    Saturday Night Card Game (Mitt Romney Gives Race Card Players The Rope With Which To Hang Him)

    This is the latest in a series on the use of the race card for political gain:

    And on the 75th episode of the Saturday Night Card Game, we again ponder how we have reached the point where words or expressions which have no connection to race have become a tool by which the race card players stalk Republicans, conservatives and Tea Party supporters. 

    For those of you who are new to these parts, here are some prior words or terms which have caused problems:

    The latest example is the nontroversy over Mitt Romney’s play of the common phrase to “hang an albatross around his neck.”  That metaphor was used frequently during the 2008 campaign as commenters throughout the left-blogosphere wanted Democrats to hang George W. Bush around John McCain’s neck.

    Romney used this metaphor yesterday in New Hampshire when referring to our economic misery index, which he substituted for the word albatross, and then applied it to Barack Obama:

    http://abcnews.go.com/assets/player/walt2.6/flash/SFP_Walt_2_65.swf

    You can guess the rest, media buzz and cries of racism because in the games of the race card players, hanging the misery index around Obama’s neck or hanging Obama with it, just like it was hung around Carter’s neck, is exactly the same thing as saying “let’s lynch the black guy.”

    Really. Here is some media/blogosphere reaction to what is being portrayed as a major “gaffe”:

    • HuffPo: “Mitt Romney’s camp is attempting to do damage control after the presidential aspirant made controversial remarks in criticizing President Barack Obama during a stop in New Hampshire on Friday night.
    • Boston Globe: Romney clarifies as he proposes to ‘hang’ Obama with misery index.
    • Raw Story: “In a speech at the pro-GOP Americans for Prosperity dinner, former Massachusetts governor and contender for the GOP presidential nomination Mitt Romney said he would “hang” Obama, then immediately realized his gaffe and tried to smooth over his mistake.”
    • Politico: “Any reference to hanging — however unintentional — would be especially loaded in a campaign against the country’s first black president, as Romney apparently recognized.”
    • Daily News: “Mitt Romney scrambled to do some damage control after he suggested it was time to “hang” President Obama in a speech in New Hampshire Friday night.

    What lunacy.  It’s become a mind control game.  These people are not addressing actual racism, they’re just playing word games and gotcha.

    The Obama campaign doesn’t need to do a thing, it just needs to sit back and let the media do its job for it.  Fairy tales do come true when you are up against the media’s love affair with Obama.  (By using the term “affair” I do not intend any subtext or tinge.)

    Romney should not be apologizing.  He said nothing wrong.  He was not suggesting a literal hanging of Obama and he did not use racial terminology.  But recognizing the way in which race-neutral words would be twisted against him, Romney clarified the remarks on the spot.  There is no story here.

    Oh, by the way, the phrase I used in the title to this post is taken from the quote attributed to Lenin (although it’s not clear if he actually said it) that:

    “The capitalists will sell us the rope with which to hang them.”

    No offense intended to capitalists, or to Obama.

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    A bit off-topic, but related (also to my prior post): add the "ladies" of The View to the "racers" list! One of these morons actually commented on the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, "Where are the black people?"

    (link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1382074/Royal-wedding-2011-The-Views-Sherri-Shepherd-asks-Where-black-people.html – h/t Drudge Report)

    As LukeHandCool says, above, "…today's McCarthyistic "racial scare"…." Only the Red Scare of the 40's and 50's comes close to this lunacy.

    Some people will look for raaaaacism everywhere. In everything. Always. It's a sickness.

    I may not take him 100% seriously , but I imagine what Trump would say in response to an accusation like this.
    *Cue Trump voice*
    "HANG the president? I was talking about a figure of speech that has been used for many decades by politicians of every shape and size about many different things. Hang the president? If I wanted to hang the president I would say so! Anybody who tries to make anything out of this non-incident is a LOSER! They are all fired. That is all."
    Mitts response: "Uh uh uh that's not what I wanted to say, I blundered!"
    Right. Anybody can see this is really stretching it with this racism garbage, I seriously doubt Sharpton would be able to pull this one off with a straight face. On top of everything else, this spineless response is why I don't want Mitt. A weak accusation like this should be blasted to Hell to clear the field somewhat, and let leftist race agitators that not EVERY SINGLE LITTLE ACCUSATION they dream up "hurts us" or our credibility. Trump would have taken these words and beat the agitators with them. Yet another spineless Mitt the "traditional RINO" response. I guess he has to give oxygen to EVERY race accusation so as to show proper deference to blacks.

    Give Mittens enough rope and he will ….

    Agreed that the "fauxrage" was predictable AND over the top, but this just proves the MSM will do the heavy lifting of knocking him out of real contention.

    Hate to say it William, but this is the tip of the iceberg. I do not believe it is possible to elect a Republican President until they begin using Orwellian speech themselves.

    In the next Presidential election the media blitz will become a roar for Obama. If we thought Dan Rather was a strange moment, think about it occurring every week.


     
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    viator | May 1, 2011 at 6:01 am

    "Racers"

    Tony Katz on MSNBC

    Maybe the moral should be, play offense, not defense, like The Donald.


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