Republicans losing thier minds as a nigger gets closer to being POTUS

Anti-Obama anger erupts at McCain events
Taunts, jeers noticeably louder when VP candidate Palin appears

I’'m a registered sick of Bush & Bush lite-McCain pubbie voting for Obama. I know what many (not all) Republicans are thinking in their heart of hearts and it’s not pretty.

They are mortified a nigger is on the cusp of power.

Did you mean for this to be in the Pit?

Because Wow, that’s a little jarring for IMHO.

I don’t think everyone who hates Obama is racist. I don’t even think all of those loons being vitriolic are racist. There are racists in the world, yes. It’s a pervasive problem, yes. But I’m not buying that the majority of McCain’s remaining supporters are racist. I don’t believe McCain is a racist. I know plenty of racist Democrats, so I don’t think party affiliation is really a good indicator.

I think maybe they are just getting desperate and nasty because they don’t want to lose. Maybe it really is as simple as that. I can see how some very conservative people would view Obama as some kind of radical and be afraid that their way of life is going to be threatened. Then when you look at the leadership and how it’s encouraged the negative fearmongering and divisiveness, it makes sense that the crowds are reacting this way.

Why do you think it’s all about racism? I couldn’t see anything from your link that indicated race was a factor in the crowd’s hatred of Obama – his middle-eastern ethnicity maybe fueled the cries of ‘‘terrorist’’ but you’re specifically referring to his blackness, and I’m not seeing it.

On the other hand, here is a speech by Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO where he does address the racism aspect.

I do think that **astro **is right in a certain respect, and he said many (but not all) view his race as an issue. I think that there is a generation of people for whom the idea of a black man in office is a little touchy. My mother isn’t an outward bigot by any means, but when she says that she just doesn’t trust Obama, I’m pretty sure I know what she’s thinking (based on years of knowing her).

I think it is. The Republicans have been deliberately pandering to and trying to attract racists for decades with their “Southern Strategy”. They succeeded; the Republican Party is the spiritual home of the American racist. No, not every Republican is racist, but by now I expect that most ( white at least ) racists are Republicans. Including right up to the leadership.

Because racism is so pervasive in the Republicans that it’s guaranteed that it will be a major factor ? I mean, asking that is like as if Obama was an avowed atheist and asking if the Republicans didn’t like his views on religion.

Gee, I didn’t know that all these voters in the West Virginia Democratic primary race had suddenly become Republicans. But I suppose I should have guessed.

It’s not just whites or Republicans that won’t vote for black people. Most of my family is Mexican and generally vote Democrat, and they don’t want anything to do with black people.

I’m getting bad at detecting sarcasm in writing these days. Please tell me you’re joking about his “Middle Eastern ethnicity.”

Just in case anyone reading this thinks that Obama has any “Middle Eastern ethnicity,” please understand that Kenya is not part of the Middle East, and Kenya is less than 1% Arab. Barack Obama senior was not in any way an Arab; he was a Luo tribesman. Black African, not Arab.

Not that there’s anything wrong with being Middle Eastern, but let’s at least keep the facts straight.

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Yeah, a little jarring for IMHO is an understatement…

But it’s a very fair OP and very reasoned discussion. As you know, we don’t allow that kind of racial slur - but this is not used in a direct sense; Astro is paraphrasing. After consultation with admin I’m allowing it to stand the way it’s written.

Moving to Great Debates.

IMHO > GD

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But dude, he’s brown. Obviously he’s an Arab.

I think it’s very hard for us to accept that race is an issue. It’s not supposed to be, we’re supposedly past it but we’re not, not completely. I know I’m not. I don’t believe any particular race is superior to another but I still find myself reacting and thinking in ways regarding people different than myself that I know are wrong.

A woman that works with my wife, a late 40’s devout Catholic flat out told my my wife she could not bring herself to vote for a black man. There’s nothing overtly unusual about this person, she’s articulate, educated professional person. I don’t think she’s an anomaly except perhaps in her admission.

I plan to vote for Obama because I think he’s the best choice for our country and I think it’s time we walk the walk instead of talk it.

Yes, that’s right. I was being sarcastic and not at all displaying a humiliating lack of knowledge…

(Thanks for the correction. I never paid much attention to his ethnicity at all to be honest. My understanding of his background is something like ‘‘blah blah Kenya Muslim School Hawaii car accident cancer Wisconsin.’’ It makes very little difference to me personally where he came from, but shame on me for spreading false information.)

Race is the excuse of last resort for those who don’t understand the issues.

If the Dem nominee were a white man with experience and politics roughly equivalent to Obama’s, there still would be plenty of irrational vitriol on the Pub side, like there was with Clinton; but we would not be seeing anything near this level of demonization.

We would be, however, if the nominee were Hillary. For reasons I’ve never been able to understand despite endless discussion of them in this Forum.

So what? Most black racists are Democrats including right up to the leadership.

I’m actually happily surprised how little race has been mentioned in this election. It’s more a point of trivia than anything else.

Volumes can, and have, been written about what a horror show the Bush II administration has been but to his credit he has had, by far, the most diverse cabinet in history. A black Sec of State, a black female Sec of State, a Hispanic attorney general, all firsts. Also, the first Asian cabinet member ever, Elaine Chao.

Just because people are angry and engage in hyperbole, doesn’t make then racist.

Yes, and such credits to their heritage they are. Colin Powell, who allowed himself to be used to stampede the nation into an unnecessary war; Condoleeza Rice, who, as National Security Advisor, helped Bush lie his way into an unnecessary war; Alberto Gonzales, the single most corrupt Attorney General in history. I’ll admit that I can’t find anything negative about Chao, other than having the bad judgment to both be married to Mitch McConnell and to be a conservative.

I don’t know why this comes as a surprise. I come from a small town and trust me when I say 98% of the idiots at Billy Bob’s Bar are a bunch of illiterate, homophobic, sexist, xenophobic, jingoistic, gun-tottin’, NASCAR lovin’, racist assholes, and proud of it! Anybody who says otherwise is a liar. You know Bush has one of the lowest ratings of any President in history? These clueless dickheads at Billy Bob’s are the remaining 24% who still think Bush is doing a swell job.

These people are about ready to have their pea-brained heads implode from the fear and fury of having to contemplate Obama winning.

What is surprising, disgusting and disturbing is that McCain and Palin don’t exactly seem to be jumping up and saying “stop that!” when it happens.

:rolleyes: It ain’t the same. There’s no equivalency here.

Hyperbole is taking a fact or something that is true and exaggerating it to an absurd extreme. What was true about Michelle Obama (falsely) referring to whites as “whitey”? What was true about Obama being a secret Muslim? What was true about terrorist fist-bumps?

I can imagine the sort of attacks Hillary Clinton would have faced had she won the nomination - basically the exact same variation of “the Socialists are coming!” meme that is sometimes used against Obama. I can’t imagine any variation of the above-mentioned bullshit, however.

Of course, a lot of this shit is now probably helping Obama. “Nasty racist crap spewed at Republican rally” ran as a major news story on every outlet, even Fox. “McCain Booed By Own Supporters When He Tells Them Not To Spew Racist Crap” is running very prominently.

This stuff is more lost votes for McCain’s campaign. He’s apparently damned if he condemns it - his own supporters boo him - and damned if he doesn’t. He’s screwed.

. . . Maybe we’ve been worried about post-election riots from the wrong quarter.