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    WaPo columnist fears voters will think it’s okay to vote against Obama “and not be thought of as a racist”

    WaPo columnist fears voters will think it’s okay to vote against Obama “and not be thought of as a racist”

    According to Jonathan Capehart of WaPo, there is a very dangerous ad running by the RNC.

    I have seen this ad numerous times, and didn’t think it was that great:

    Capehart, however, sees danger, It’s not OK to ignore this pro-Romney ad:

    … what bothers me is that last line spoken by the narrator as we see a black-and-white still image of a downward looking Obama.

    He tried. You tried. It’s OK to make a change.

    Millions of Americans were swept up in the drama of the 2008 presidential contest and were proud to cast a ballot that helped elect the first African American president of the United States. Doing so was and will remain one of our nation’s crowning achievements. But there’s no denying that many of those same millions have soured on Obama because of what they believe he hasn’t been able to achieve. Yet, they are conflicted…

    So what’s the problem here?

    The danger, according to Capehart, is that this narrative may remove the race card as a factor (emphasis mine):

    By telling potential voters “It’s OK to make a change,” the RNC is acknowledging all that I mention above. It’s OK to like the guy personally but not vote for him again. This is not a popularity contest. It’s OK to vote against the black guy. You gave him a shot. He gave it his best shot. He failed. And the most effective message is: “It’s OK to make a change” — and not be thought of as a racist.

    Throughout Obama’s presidency, I’ve received more than a few e-mails and tweets from folks complaining that they are branded racist if they disagree with anything the president says or does. And it doesn’t help matters that I have seen more than a few e-mails and tweets from ardent Obama supporters doing exactly that. I have also seen instances of this on television and in print.

    That’s why the “It’s OK to make a change” ad is the most dangerous for Obama’s reelection efforts. It give those few, yet crucial, undecided voters the pass they might be looking for to vote against Obama.

    Think about what Capehart is saying.

    What keeps some voters in line for Obama — fear of falsely being accused of racism — may not work this time, and the removal of that fear is the most dangerous threat to Obama’s reelection.

    That is why we are seeing an all-out attempt to portray Romney as racist, as evidenced by yesterday’s “Anglo-Saxon” feeding frenzy.

    Just like in 2008, race is being used as a political weapon for Obama.


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    Henry Hawkins | July 26, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    I’m still hoping the liberal media, once they see the handwriting on the wall for Obama’s increasingly possible November failure, will begin the attempt to reestablish their credibility by finally vetting Obama (at the moment it no longer matters, of course).

    If Obama goes down, liberalism is effectively dead for 10-15 years, until they make up new euphemisms and new camoflaged rhetoric.

      The latest new euphemism is “libertarian socialism”

      I shit you not.

      The Marxists have actually begun trying to steal the term Libertarian just as they stole the term Liberal 50-odd years ago.

      This is the standard procedure for them. They can’t sell their noxious crap honestly, so they try to misappropriate a term that describes something good and sell their nonsense under its banner. This works at first, but eventually people catch on and they go off to find a new term to steal. They never actually figure out that their own ideas are bad.

    arnonerik | July 26, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Most of the accusations of racism directed at Republicans or Independents who criticize Obama is really not meant for them at all. It is really aimed at keeping Black people and other people of color on the Democrat plantation. It is vitally important that the Democrats keep stoking the flames of racism in order to keep the mentality of victimhood alive. They need that 90% plus black vote in order to survive as a viable party.
    Black people live predominantly in the big cities and winning the big cities carries the big states and that gives Democrats a chance of victory even with a weak candidate.
    Madison Avenue people are mainly allied with the Left and they are the experts at shaping opinions. It is they who have advised the Democrats how to keep their Black base strong.
    If you doubt their power to shape opinions ask yourself why the Republicans are thought to be the Party of the Rich when more really wealthy people vote for and support the Democrat Party than the Republicans.
    Could it possibly be that some of what you thought was true is actually not? I’ll ask you again, which is the Party of the rich?
    What else have you been fed?

      RDA in reply to arnonerik. | July 26, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      Exactly! It’s all about stopping the “preference cascade”. I’m seeing it in the workplace a lot more now. It’s okay to objectively assess Obama’s performance these days, and his performance reviews have been *BRUTAL*.

      Actually black folks live predominantly in the rural south:

      Everyone believes that black folks live in slums in the inner cities because that is the lie that is not challenged. All the black folks on TV live in the ghetto, but that is not where most black folks live in the real world.

      As for how they’ll vote, they’ll go for Obama by 90% or more this November. He won’t get as many votes as he did in 2008 since he well and truly sucks, but blind tribalism will still get the support of the majority of blacks, though it will be interesting to see how many simply stay home.

    goodspkr | July 27, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Capehart is correct that this is the most dangerous thing for Obama to have any chance at reelection. The undecided voter will probably go against the incumbent. He’s just looking for an excuse to vote against him. Obama knows that. All of his ads are designed to give people a permission not to vote for Romney. Obama loses big in November.

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    teapartydoc | July 27, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    “Sticks and stones…”, “Racist” is just a word, now. It is no longer a magical spell. The spell has been broken.

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