Left Watch: 2008 tactics

The Left is very invested in both preemptively delegitimizing criticism of Obama and framing opponents as de facto bigots.   Two examples of this kind of messaging are worth pointing out.

  1. Framing opponents: Oliver Willis offers this despicable and baseless accusation against "many on the right"...
    Now, I know in the eyes of many on the right this [Trinity United] is just some black church that could be firebombed for all they care...
  2.  As far as I can see, the only notable person who has spoken positively of domestic bombing is...Bill Ayers, a colleague of Barack Obama.


  3. Delegitimizing criticism: Huffington Post blogger Andy Ostroy says equates the Right's use of the word "radical" with racism... 
    The Republicans are great at framing issues and labelling candidates. And the new buzzword for Obama is radical. ... Make no mistake: the constant regurgitation of the word "radical" is meant to conjure up all sorts of fear, anger and racial prejudice. Think "radical Muslim." Think "angry black man." Think Willie Horton. This sort of pandering to the racist dumbasses of America is beyond despicable, but it's what the GOP does best.

    Ironically, Andy Rostrom himself  uses the  buzzword "radical" against  people on the Right on a regular basis.  Apparently, he tells us, this constant regurgitation is meant to conjure up fear, anger and racial prejudice.  I will not argue with Andy Rostrom's description of his own words.

 These tactics will be employed again and again.  Don't let them get away with it. 

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It May Backfire

I've found from blogging that most any challenge of Senator Obama are met by many of his supporters with cries of racism.  That's part of the reason Clinton supporters are so mad right now.  I think they may have wrecked their own strategy on this one.  When policy questions are met with charges of racism, it deligitimizes all claims of racism real or imagined.


Well, actually from some of the rhetoric you hear at Trinity United, you might think they want to firebomb non-Black America.

Now, I have to say this very carefully.  I don't think they actually will firebomb non-Black America.  But the rhetoric certainly points in that direction, and based on the cheers and applause from the crowds, it seems to be an exceptionally warmly received message.

Now, I believe Barack Obama is a decent man, and that he's not planning to harm any of us.

But it's hard to accept the duality of his long-term membership in this church, and what he professes to believe in his speeches.  There's enough there that I would be very uncomfortable with him as President, even if all the national security problems did not exist.



So what? Let 'em scream!

We've got nothing to lose this election anyway, so why not let Willis and friends show us what Bambi's weaknesses are?

This is a guy whose resume and achievements ought to be posted on the side of a milk carton. Let's kick his butt. Even if we lose, we go down fighting.

In this business, only Clydes roll over and play dead.  

Excellent Point

Obama's team & willing accomplices have already shown their hand during the primaries. This goes to the even larger point of not allowing the Democrats to frame the debate.

Don't back down

One tactic the Democrats always use is when an issue torpedoes their candidate, the revisionist history shop works three shifts to make that approach "despicable" and "illegitimate" for future Republican campaigns.

Take "Willie Horton".  How is letting a murderer out of jail for weekend passes not a legitimate issue in a political campaign?  Democrats who raise this ought to be asked why they do not care about public safety. Instead, we are asked about racism.

Don't back down.  Build our own frame.

Did Obama just call me a racist?

Obama himself has been spinning this line from at least as far back as December of 2006, as I blogged at the time:

 “'Are some voters not going to vote for me because I’m African-American? Those are the same voters who probably wouldn’t vote for me because of my politics,' Barack  Obama told ecstatic New Hampshire voters yesterday. Being one of those voters who probably wouldn't vote for him because of his politics, we were naturally offended at his suggestion that people like us are racists. Swept up in the locals' devotional hysteria, however, the media didn't seem to notice. Folks hear what they want to hear."

Most people don't like being called a "racist" casually

The Dems had better be careful here.  I think there's lots of pent-up anger among white Democrats, who feel they run the risk of being labeled a racist or a bigot anytime they disagree with or oppose an African-American in their party.

The Obama campaign and its media followers will probably spend the next few months subtly reminding white voters that it's their duty to vote for Barack, in order to:

  • help America atone for its racist past
  • prove to the world that we aren't a racist nation
  • pay blacks what they feel they're owed

I'm confident that lots of white American voters will reject that kind of condescending rhetoric.  In fact, they'll be infuriated as the liberal elite and its blogosphere leaders hang the tag of "racist" around their necks.

And, I suspect they'll take their revenge silently, in the voting booth, this November