Friday, July 15, 2005

Bull Moose? Bull Sh!t.

I have yet to see Marshall Wittman make a positive comment about the activist portion of the Democratic party, and it continues to mystify me how he considers himself a Democrat. Sometimes I wonder if he's really a GOP plant, and posts like this are why:

Democrats can't merely be the party of "no" - or "we hate Karl". While we are seething with our justifiable anger, the Republican Chairman is making serious overtures to the African-American community. And what kind of effective out reach is the Democratic Party making to groups that have been estranged from the party in recent years?
Dear Moose, here is what was actually said:

Some Republicans gave up on winning the African American vote, looking the other way or trying to benefit politically from racial polarization. I am here today as the Republican Chairman to tell you we were wrong.

But if my party benefited from racial polarization in the past, it is the Democratic Party that benefits from it today.

While I am not black, I am not white either. That doesn't make me an authority on this, but I know some people will scream. How this is a serious overture is beyond me. When you think of all the things that Republicans have done to cynically exploit race while giving NOTHING back. Nothing except stiring up more suspicion and bigotry. Paul Waldman from the Gadflyer says it well:
It's not just Nixon who pursued the Southern strategy, it was Reagan and his mythical "welfare queens," it was George H.W. Bush and Willie Horton, it was George W. Bush and the Confederate flag, it was Jesse Helms and Strom Thurmond and the Republicans who try to suppress the black vote in each and every election.

If anyone is stupid enough to fall for this we have much larger problems then a paper-thin outreach attempt by the RNC chair. I don't think there is a danger of focusing on Rove, lots of other people are doing lots of other things to strengthen and develop Democratic or Liberal institutions to battle the Republican hosts. Allow us our moment to savor the troubles of one of the most odious, slimiest people to ever appear in this nation. Hat Tip to Donkey Rising for quoting the Moose and bringing it to my attention.

Note: I have been on vacation for a lot of June, and I started a new board about politics for people from a certain forum and this is why I have been gone, I am the only mod there, and I needed to get it up and running.