The Dim-Post

June 18, 2008

Is that all there is?

Filed under: us election 08 — danylmc @ 7:41 am

Lot’s of US blogs have posted about this button – its available for sale at the GOP convention in Texas.

We’re going to see a lot of this from the Republican Party and associates over the next few months – I’d suggest that racism, both explicit and coded is pretty much all we’re going to hear. And ultimately that hurts the GOP and McCain. Lot’s of people aren’t going to vote for Obama because of his ethnicity but those people are – for the most part – already paid up Republicans. They’ll love this badge but many, many swing voters won’t.

Obama is wide open to criticism about his protectionist trade policies, lack of experience – especially when it comes to continuing to fight unsuccessful wars on two fronts – and a number of other issues. But if all the swing voters hear about is that the Democrat is a nigger; that’s not going to be enough.

I’ve also been interested in the McCain campaign to woo Clinton’s female supporters – this might even work in the short term, but ultimately it seems like a waste of time. While the story of McCain’s first marriage is well known to politics junkies (his wife was disfigured in a car accident so McCain left her for a much younger woman) its not really out there in the same way that, say, the problems with Obama’s pastor are. Not yet, at least. The Democrats will make sure we hear a lot about McCains past over the next few months and that’s going to kill any chances he has with winning more than a handful of Hilary supporters.


  1. You forget how many stupid people there are – coded racism could work for a large number of swing voters who are clueless and uncertain (this of course is not a uniquely American trait). Still, an ugly and dangerous game.

    Comment by George Darroch — June 18, 2008 @ 11:37 am

  2. The Democrats are also using coded attack words against McCain to remind voters about his age: he is ‘confused’, has ‘lost his bearings’ ect.
    I think this is also a mistake – it costs them some of the moral high ground and might alienate older voters.

    Comment by danylmc — June 18, 2008 @ 11:45 am

  3. campaign to woe Clinton’s female supporters

    Surely, its a campaign to woo Clinton supporters? Then again, if it is an bad as the button above, maybe not!

    Comment by ZenTiger — June 18, 2008 @ 12:37 pm

  4. Fixed it. Thanks.

    Comment by danylmc — June 18, 2008 @ 2:42 pm

  5. I guess it really comes down to whether he can be bothered repainting it or not. The Georgian style traditionally goes with white, tan or red – so black would be an unusually bold exterior finishing choice. Perhaps just the thing to demonstrate decisive leadership early in his first term?

    “They still call it the White House
    But that’s a temporary condition, too.

    … don’t be surprised if Ali is in the White House
    Reverend Ike, Secretary of the Treasure
    Richard Pryor, Minister of Education
    Stevie Wonder, Secretary of FINE arts
    And Miss Aretha Franklin, the First Lady” – Parliament, Chocolate City

    Comment by gazzaj — June 18, 2008 @ 5:58 pm

  6. I remember seeing a video about Cassius Clay, (Mr. Ali), and he was standing around refusing to be drafted for the Vietnam War and saying things like: “That’s why they call it the White House”, being all provocative and shit.

    I reckon they just repaint the shack… all the colours of the rainbow (yay).

    Comment by JY — June 18, 2008 @ 9:27 pm

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