The debate about whether the Tea Party is racist is over. It is a movement at its core where racism runs rampant. How else can you explain this ad?
This was a video by some conservative tracker service that tries to get footage of Obama supporters saying impolitic things. It went viral on Drudge last month.
Get an African American voter who sounds unintelligent talking about entitlements she receives under a black President. Put the footage in black and white. Edit it into a loop to make her sound angry and interrupting.
It’s not a coincidence. It’s by design. It’s not even dog whistles anymore. It’s just flat out racism. The message: we have to protect the country from people on disability who want phones, especially those ethnic ones in the inner cities.
But hey, it’s okay, the Tea Party says because we got Ken Blackwell around to help promote it:
“What this lady said is so offensive because it’s so blatant–she finally comes out and says what we all know that the Democrats really think. That’s why this ad is so damaging to the President here in Ohio.
“Let me tell you something, I’m from Ohio — I was elected statewide as the Secretary of State, and Ohio State Treasurer–this ad is effective. If swing voters in this state see this ad, they simply will not support President Obama, and he will lose Ohio.”
When Blackwell says swing voters, he really means white, Reagan Democratic voters. As Slate points out, the Tea Party Victory Fund, the PAC behind the ad, openly admits it hope to air the ad in Summit, Lucas, and Mahoning counties (i.e.- mostly the white Reagan Democrat areas of Ohio.)
Still not convinced? Well, Slate points out that this phone program that Blackwell suggests shows the difference between Democrats and Republicans has actually existed for decades. In fact, ThinkProgress reported that the program had its origins in the…. (gasp)…. Reagan Administration and was expanded to include cell phones in 2008 under…. (gasp) the George W. Bush Administration.
Ken Blackwell knows or should know this. What this Tea Party PAC is trying to stoke is not the differences between a Republican President and a Democratic one. They can’t do that factually. What they’re doing is taking footage of an African-American voter from the inner city of Cleveland, doctor the footage into a loop, make it black and white, and try to put it in front of white voters in Ohio to falsely suggest that this black President is doing something that no white Republican President would do (when, in fact, they did.) That, by definition, is engaging in the politics of racism. It’s designed on a falsehood to stoke white anger and class resentment with an obvious racial overtone.
The good news is that, for now, this Tea Party PAC appears to be using the ad as a fundraising tool to try to get the ad on the air. Let’s hope, for the good of the country, that this is just another failure by Ken Blackwell. A man who the right holds as a hero because he’s African-American and will call Obama a socialist over ObamaCare (even though Blackwell ran for Governor in 2006 on a platform of bringing RomneyCare to Ohio.) Ken Blackwell is a person with no honor or integrity. If he was, he’d be ashamed of lending his name to this crap.