Ah, Republicans

by: Matt Stoller

Tue Jun 17, 2008 at 12:01


File this under remarkable but not surprising (h/t John Aravosis at Americablog).  Here's a pin being sold at the Texas Republican Convention.

Every time I go on C-Span, and I've been on five times now, I get asked about race by callers on both sides.  And while I try to make the point that the Republican Party is pretty racist on an institutional basis, the regular Republican activists are just so much more eloquent at expressing this point themselves.  

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I know it's obvious... (0.00 / 0)
but it might be worth pointing out that this picture is not a picture of an actual pin.  Otherwise, you might get some freepers running around screaming "they faked a picture! They faked a picture!"

obviously real (0.00 / 0)
What makes you think this is not a picture of an actual pin? The pic is from the Dallas News, they say a GOP convention vendor is selling it.

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Not obvious to me. (0.00 / 0)
Kindly explain. Is this pin being sold/distributed at the convention or not?

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sorry, my mistake (0.00 / 0)
It looks fake to me since the letters appear two-dimensional even while the edges of the pin appear to curve.  But the person who posted the blog entry at the Dallas News said it's a real photo, so I guess I'm mistaken.  Sorry about that.

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understandable (0.00 / 0)
I thought it was fake-looking, too, but the original source looks reputable.

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Wow. (0.00 / 0)
The question is, how to explain why this is racist without being accused of having no sense of "humor."

Or, I guess you can just leave it and know that some folks will get it and some folks never will ...

I suspect that the entire campaign season will be characterized by these types of deliberations -- how much to let slide without comment and how much to object to.  It's a fine balance.  

Republicans can't fix our country; they're too busy saddlebacking.


Not Surprised (4.00 / 1)
Considering that this is coming from a political party whose members joyously wore band-aids at their national convention in an attempt to discredit the injuries of a war veteran, does this really surprise anyone?

It's common knowledge and to be expected that republicans will take this course.  No matter who would have been the Democratic nominee, the slime would surely come.

Republicans have long since run out of ideas.  Slime is all they have left.


What's needed now (0.00 / 0)
is a photo of the boot/distributor at the convention, with the GOP banner/logo prominent in the background. The pin means little without context, and a whole lot with it. It will be easy for McCain to denounce some anonymous pin maker if pressured, but harder to denounce the GOP convention that allowed and promoted it.

In the proper context, the image is self-sufficient -- no commentary necessary or useful.


not news (0.00 / 0)

I'd be wary about making hay over some vendor's pin unless you learn it was approved by the event. Lest you discover there are hateful messages on the homemade pins at a Democratic event.  

Yeah... (4.00 / 1)
I mean, imagine if they mocked the Republican's war hero candidate by handing out band-aids with purple hearts at their National Convention.

Democrats can be so nasty and hateful.

I support John McCain because children are too healthy anyway.


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Re: Yeah... (0.00 / 0)
Maybe you mistake me for a Republican apologist. I just think one item from a random unscreened button vendor doesn't meet a certain threshhold of affiliation with the Republican Party to hold them accountable for it.

If you can show that the party approved it, or if people start embracing that message, that would rightfully be a debacle.


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I guess my point... (0.00 / 0)
which I didn't really make because I was too busy being snide, was this. That type of smear, like the swift boating in 2004 or racist attacks this year, is not harmless just because the Republican Party won't take responsibility for it. Not only is it not harmless, but the tone of the activists is set from the top. Given that the Republican Party built their majority through a racist appeal to Southern whites, and given that John McCain is running as "the American President Americans have been waiting for" and given that questions about Obama's patriotism and claims that he has a questionable commitment to this country are becoming the building blocks of the Republican attacks against him, I think it is worth pointing out that this type of racism is promoted by the Republican leadership and is what motivates the Republican base.

So if some 9/11 "truth"er wants to hand out pins at the convention, I don't exactly think that's the same as the Republican messaging being brought to its logical conclusion in this type of bigoted bullshit.

I support John McCain because children are too healthy anyway.


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guilt by association (0.00 / 0)
If Obama is forced to answer for Farrakhan, which makes no sense, then McCain should be forced to answer for his wingnut supporters.

Making hay of this is win-win; it forces McCain to either look like he's tolerant of racism by not denouncing it, or alienating his racist supporters by denouncing it.


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Protest racist Obama pin! (0.00 / 0)
Hi All: Please sign this petition and let the Texas GOP know what we think about their racist pin: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/322079918?z00m=15489513 Thanks!

Democrats need to get hold of this pin (0.00 / 0)
And hawk it to every journalist they can find. They need to mention it every other sentence. They need to make McCain have to disassociate himself from the Texas Republican Party.

It won't necessarily move polls much, but it'll unleash a lot of bitterness between Republicans and it'll force the McCain campaign to run around like headless chickens.

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