Michael Crawford

Prepare for McCain to Go Postal

Filed By Michael Crawford | October 20, 2008 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Barack Obama, election 2008, John McCain, racism, Republican mob, Sarah Palin

Gird your loins folks because the political sh-t is really about to hit the fan.

Over the next weeks we can expect the McCain campaign to unleash an unprecedented wave of slanderous attacks and lies aimed at attacking Sen. Barack Obama as un-American, terrorist-loving Muslim on a mission from Iran to destroy America. And, let's not forget that Obama is BLACK.


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McCain and his Rovian henchmen are hoping that by appealing to the most base fears of low-information white voters that they can squeak out a narrow victory or at the very seriously damage Obama should he become president. To lead this effort, McCain has hired three masters of political destruction who helped to torpedo McCain's presidential campaign in 2000 by spreading the lie that McCain's adopted daughter was really his love child fathered with a Black prostitute.

Here is McCain in an interview with Fox News' Chris Wallace defending his campaign's use of robocalls, a tactic McCain called "hate-filled" in 2000:


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These calls are so offensive that Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine asked that the campaign cease running the calls in her state.

A group supporting McCain is now raising funds to air a radio ad targeting Black voters in swing states claiming that Sen. Obama is a slumlord who wants to "create a fund that gives his slumlord buddies $500 million a year." This ad by the National Black Republican Association has no basis in truth, but as Sen. Obama pointed out a while back "the Straight Talk Express seems to have lost a wheel."

The GOP effort to demonize the voter registration work of ACORN is already in full effect with McCain himself claiming that the group which is focused on building political power for low-income communities "on the verge of maybe perpetrating one of the greatest frauds in voter history in this country, maybe destroying the fabric of democracy. " The GOP's smear campaign against ACORN has resulted in the group receiving hate-filled messages like this:

Hi, I was just calling to let you all know that Barack Obama needs to get hung. He's a fucking nigger, and he's a piece of shit. You guys are fraudulent, and you need to go to hell. All the niggers on oak trees. They're gonna get all hung honeys, they're gonna get assassinated, they're gonna get killed.

We have also seen the McCain campaign compare Sen. Obama to Hitler, a McCain supporter attack a reporter, an Obama-labeled ghost hanged in effigy in man's yard and shouts of "kill him" when Sen. Obama's name is mentioned at McCain/Palin rallies.

A recent New York Times editorial warned that the McCain campaign had moved "into the dark territory of race-baiting and xenophobia." And that's just the beginning of what we can expect. The next 15 days will see McCain with no sense of decency appeal to id of American electorate.

Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo accurately points out:

Stripped down to its components McCain's message to voters is this: "Don't forget. He's definitely black. And he may be a terrorist." That's the message. The nuts and bolts is a concerted effort to keep Democrats from voting -- through intimidation, by striking new voters from the rolls, which is going to happen to lots of them, clogging polling stations to create delays that keep late day (predominantly) Obama voters from voting altogether. Smears in the air and voter suppression on the ground.

What we are fighting for is not just the election of Barack Obama as our next president. We are fighting to break the stranglehold that the right-wing extremist base that is the Republican Party has had on our national politics for far too long.


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First I have no patience for mud-slinging. I wish both sides would refrain from doing so. This country is in sorry enough shape right now. Discussion should be made about their plans/ vision for where this country goes from here. Black/white Republicans/Democrats need to focus on our future not name calling.

Lastly, I really don't understand calling Obama the black candidate. His father was African, his mother Caucasian, so he is mulatto not black. Our skin color is a multigenic trait and has nothing to do with what kind of person we are.

Gillian

I hope these false equivalencies don't work much anymore. It's obvious to anyone paying attention that Democrats and Republicans have not being engaged in the same types of attacks, and that one campaign has been messing in the racism much more than the other one.

Throwing up your hands and saying you can't tell the difference between the two doesn't help anything, since you're obviously not willing to recognize what you imply is good behavior.

I don't see him as black but as an American and as a person who is well qualified to be the next President of the United States. I am surprised you didn't show a noose. You afro centric people get over yourselves. That reverse racism is so not helpful.
McCain and Palin are losing due to their attacks. You should be pleased if you support Obama.

What? Reverse racism? Where in Michael's post was there "reverse racism"?

Seriously, just because someone points out the racism in the system doesn't mean that he or she is a "reverse racist." It just means that he or she has a mind to fairness.

It's just like pointing out homophobia doesn't make someone "heterophobic," or, to use the language of homophobes, it doesn't mean that they're "attacking traditional families" or "criminalizing Christianity." It just means that they're fighting against already-in-place prejudice.

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Michael Crawford Michael Crawford | October 20, 2008 9:08 PM

Thanks Alex for having my back.

Michael Crawford Michael Crawford | October 20, 2008 9:07 PM

Charles,

You so did not go there! Cause I have no patience whatsoever for white folks who think they can lecture anyone about race.

First of all, your statement that "don't see him as black" is out and out crap. Don' even try that "I don't see color" stuff with me because you sure as hell saw my picture and had no problem with labeling me afro-centric.

And that "reverse racism" bull is really a way of saying that Black are being uppity and not staying in our places. It is a weak defense of white racist attitudes that is one of the most distasteful things I find about the about white LGBT people.

As for a picture of a noose, check back a few posts. In a post about the intense level of racism and xenophobia that the McCain campaign is whipping up Waymon included a picture of an incredibly offensive online ad that had a picture of Sen. Obama next to a noose with the words "the fucking solution.

Finally, don't tell me how I as a Black man supporting Obama should feel about where the campaign stands right now. You come of as offensive and patronizing.

He is half white and whites like me will be electing him. You angry afro centrics are only 10% of the population.

"You angry afro centrics are only 10% of the population."

Hmm. I didn't know that our census statistics included facts about emotional disposition or our cultural philosophy. Or is that just asked of Black people?

Michael Crawford Michael Crawford | October 21, 2008 8:17 AM

Charles,

I recently met a super cute white boy who works for the Census Bureau and while we talked a bit about census data collection, I am willing to bet that they don't collected demographic info on angry afro-centrics."

By "angry afro-centrics" I am guessing that you mean Black people. We are actually 13% of the population and most of us are neither angry nor afro-centric.

We do, however, have a serious problem with clueless white people telling we should sit still and stay in our places while you smart, educated and reasonable white people tend to the business of serious matters.

I am sure that we can come to the agreement that we are both for Obama and against McCain. I have already cast my mail-in vote for him in California. He will make a good president and a progressive one away from racial divisions for the good of our country.

McCain, unfortunately, has no other strategy left to him. He loses badly to Obama in the exchange of ideas, in his demonstrated demeanor, his level of education, his fitness for high office, and in his past record. If voters compare the two candidates in most rational metrics, Obama wins handily. So, mudslinging and racial attacks are the only weapons McCain has left. Unfortunately, there are still people in this country who are rednecks - many in my state, in fact, who have fallen for this kind of crepe. McCain's hope is that there's enough necks and closet racists left to sway the election. I also expect the "don't elect the effete Harvard snob" shade to be thrown, as the 'necks are prejudiced as well against people who hold Harvard Law School juris doctorates. So, yeah, we're going to see and hear it. Thank God there's just 2 weeks left.

In Matthew Quirk's delightful take on this very same subject for the Atlantic titled, More Racism, Please , he exposes the silly destructiveness of it all:

"... I’ve always found the beef between the Danes and the Swedes delightful in its own fighting-for-the-top-rung way. (And what slurs! “Who you calling a butter cookie you rutabaga!”) ..."

While its easy to laugh at lobbing the vile term 'butter cookie' at someone, I'm sure to the parties involved its very serious indeed. That being the case, Charles, I would never presume to speak for either party or say how they should feel when insulted. How dare I?

Having said that, the McCain campaign is like the Titanic, visibly tilting and causing a panic. Anything is possible now. I fully expected to see Rev. Wright clips begin running on an endless loop on FOX news any day now.

Why not go back on his word? His dignity is already gone.