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"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

"
If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"
Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Steve Scalise---YAWN!

You've probably heard of the story that Congressman Scalise spoke before a white supremacist group, and is now claiming total ignorance about what the group stood for.

Which is probably 99.44% bullshit, but that's not the point of this post.

When you get right down it it, what Scalise did was nothing more than a blatant application of the GOP's Southern Strategy, which Lee Atwater described over three decades ago:
You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”
That, I submit, is what it was all about and what it is still all about. Mike Huckabee got Wayne Dumond released from prison,* a serial rapist, who went on to commit murder. But that hasn't torpedoed Huckabee's presidential ambitions. Not like the release of Willie Horton sank Michael Dukakis's campaign, at any rate.

You can probably guess the respective racial identities of the two criminals.

Scalise's error wasn't that he spoke to a bunch of white supremacists, for he was merely following the GOP's playbook. His error was being caught doing it. Which is why Boehner and the other GOP congressman will do nothing more than tut-tut in public, for Scalise knows that they are just spreading the ol' whitewash over him.
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* A particularly nasty twist to the efforts of some people in Arkansas to release Dumond was because one of his earlier victims was a third cousin to Bill Clinton. To some folks on the far, far right, any crime committed against anyone related to Clinton was (and still is) worthy of praise.

3 comments:

Murphy's Law said...

Not defending Scalise one bit, but if we're going to throw rocks at him for something he did over a decade ago, we'll be throwing a lot more at the number of Dems who have openly sided with Occupy groups and anti-cop groups within the last few years.

Sevesteen said...

I'm sure that there are Republican racists in congress...and I'm sure that Democrat racism didn't die out with the old Dixiecrats. If you go back to 1954, neither party had much to brag about. (I can say that, since the closest thing to my party didn't exist)

But a desire for lower taxes and smaller government is not racist. In particular, welfare as we know it has done more harm than good to minorities, and that's by design--keeping recipients politically indebted is far more important than setting up a system that makes itself easy to escape from.

Anonymous said...

'cept that it appears that the whole thing is a twisted lie:

http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/12/david_duke_adviser_kenny_knigh.html