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May 24, 2004

An Interesting Prediction « Politics As Usual »
Here's how it's all going to come down in the end. There'll be some sort of "October Racial Surprise," something like the Trent Lott remark perhaps, and so the turnout campaign in African-American neighborhoods, well greased with campaign cash and supported by ads in African-American newspapers (the grateful publishers of which are most assuredly in a position to do many favors for their Representatives in Congress), will be able to scream and yell about what awful racists the Republicans are, and convince apathetic base voters to go to the polls after all.

We'll have to see if it comes true. If it does, how will it affect your political views?

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Posted by Nathan at 08:46 AM | Comments (5)

Looks like the tin-foil hate is on somebody else's head today.

Of course, if any race-related issues come up between now and then, neocon conspiracy theorists can sound a triumphant "AHH-HAH! We knew it!"

I am reminded of Oscar Wilde's quote (not verbatim) "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." Politics on the whole are in the gutter today...though somebody point out just *who* is looking at the ain't pundits.

Posted by: Jo at May 24, 2004 02:33 PM

You don't think the Democrats use race as an issue...ever? You don't think they sometimes take the minority vote for granted? The President of the NAACP even said that a few months ago...

Posted by: Nathan at May 24, 2004 03:40 PM

Yes, I think they take the minority vote for granted..look how Muslims and Hispanics turned out in full force to vote for killed Gore.

But this is raving looney conspiracy theory crap. Please tell me y'all got somethin' better than that.

Posted by: Jo at May 25, 2004 07:05 AM

We have it all: Good stuff and crap. The Republican Party is a big tent.

Posted by: Nathan at May 25, 2004 07:06 AM

Another point: "tinfoil hat brigade" is meant to imply accusations that have no basis in reality, not cynicism. For instance, it is a "tinfoil hat" to say that Bush had Saddam the whole time and only produced him to get a jump in the polls, and would do the same thing with Osama bin Laden.
Why? Because Bush wasn't doing especially bad when they announced we caught Saddam, and if he was going produce bin Laden at a time to help his support, that would be now. Furthermore, you don't announce something as big as catching Saddam on a weekend (Saturday night, wasn't it?) if you want a PR boost.
Now, if Osama bin Laden is produced two weeks before the election without any major operation underway to catch him, I would have to re-evaluate those tin-foil hats.
However, I've seen firsthand how a statement by a Republican is interpreted as racism because it was uttered by a Republican, but when similar statements are made by leading Democrats, it's totally okay. Do you think Bill Frist would still have his job if he'd made the comment Hillary Clinton had made about Ghandi and gas stations?
Thus, if two weeks before the election, a relatively minor statement by some Republican as being proof that Republicans are racist and the black race must get out and vote to get Bush out of the White House at any cost...well, then, this prediction takes on a little credibility.
Proof? Hardly. But predictions that come true are cynicism, not the stuff of "tinfoil hat brigades".

Posted by: Nathan at May 25, 2004 03:52 PM
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