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  •  What is the GOP today? (8+ / 0-)

    a rump of white voters, mostly rural. What is Boehner really saying? The scary black man is coming to annihilate the GOP. By extension, what he means if Obama is coming after white America and has to be stopped. Whether this was intentional or not (i'm sure it was, Boehner is not stupid), it's a message to the party base that Obama isn't just bad for the country, he's trying to destroy you personally.

    •  yes but it will not grow the party (5+ / 0-)

      I think it may make the fringe more committed (and yes, some of them need to be committed).  Many others, who identify more with the Rs the way they do with a favorite sports team - they want to win because they want to win - their enthusiasm will dissipate.

      by chloris creator on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 04:58:31 AM PST

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      •  Agreed. Many, many of us have turned against (3+ / 0-)
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        the GOP. So many of their positions are absolutely untenable to rational people. I'm still a registered Republican. I have to think of a way to reach more GOP women and help them see through the brainwashing and understand what the party is doing to them.

        When I write letters to the editor in the Denver Post on "women's issues", I am amazed by the vitriolic responses from GOP women. And bored by the ones from GOP men.

        I just don't get racism. People are people.

      •  Still, what many otherwise well-meaning (2+ / 0-)
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        white liberals might misunderstand is that the impact of such "scary black man" talk tactics, though the racist intent is now veiled under a political party subtext, could be understood differently among a black as opposed to a white audience. Apart from the ridiculous outpouring of accusations of "racial demagoguery" directed at the president before and since his first election from conservative commentators or "hysterians," though he publically mentions racial politics quite infrequently, the significance of President Obama's victory is often perceived as more "personal" for many Black Americans than for whites. So is, I would imagine, the sensitivity to the potential impact of real racist demagoguery based on actual community experience during race riots in U.S. history, which have often been sparked and encouraged via a perceived threat to racial dominance among a white community so that it vents its frustration and reasserts its perceived authority by violence. If you question this reading of the impact of potential hostility or how it is perceived differently based on the race of the audience member, I understand that. However, I meet each Wednesday with a group in NE DC. The racial make-up of the group is always 70-30 percent or 80-20 percent black. It's usually between 10 and 15 folks. We often talk politics after the business meeting. Invariably, black participants perceive a greater degree of racist motivation in these kinds of attacks on the president, and they perceive greater potential danger in such language's impact on the broader community of "haters." And whether or not the haters' numbers are dwindling is not as relevant to them as it might be to me. Perhaps it is easier to understand the immediacy of their concern and how readily they see the racist core of these kinds of attacks. After all, the violence resulting from such demagoguery rarely has had as great a direct impact on those of us who simply analyze the coded language as on those whom it's designed to scare or to "stay in their place."

        I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake. ― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

        by dannyboy1 on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 07:30:09 AM PST

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    •  Fine with me, makes them sound loonier (1+ / 0-)
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