The Eclectic One

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The Republican base is as ugly as ever

Posted by Bill Nance on October 7, 2008

Some things never change. And one of those things is the nastier part of the Republican base, a part which has been encouraged (if by surrogates rather than directly by the party) since the days of Reagan.

From Washington Post opinion writer Dana Milbank:

Worse, Palin’s routine attacks on the media have begun to spill into ugliness. In Clearwater, arriving reporters were greeted with shouts and taunts by the crowd of about 3,000. Palin then went on to blame Katie Couric‘s questions for her “less-than-successful interview with kinda mainstream media.” At that, Palin supporters turned on reporters in the press area, waving thunder sticks and shouting abuse. Others hurled obscenities at a camera crew. One Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African American sound man for a network and told him, “Sit down, boy.” (emphasis mine)

And later in the piece:

The reception had been better in Clearwater, where Palin, speaking to a sea of “Palin Power” and “Sarahcuda” T-shirts, tried to link Obama to the 1960s Weather Underground. “One of his earliest supporters is a man named Bill Ayers,” she said. (“Boooo!” said the crowd.) “And, according to the New York Times, he was a domestic terrorist and part of a group that, quote, ‘launched a campaign of bombings that would target the Pentagon and our U.S. Capitol,’ ” she continued. (“Boooo!” the crowd repeated.)

“Kill him!” proposed one man in the audience. (emphasis mine)

This part of the American electorate used to be owned by the Democrats. They finally left the party, the southern racist elements after the Johnson pushed through the Civil Rights Act, the populist, chest-thumping jingoists and theocrats after Jimmy Carter’s hapless Presidency.

These are the people the Republicans have been courting in presidential elections since 1964. They should have repudiated these people; loudly, consistently and unequivocally. The fact that they still court them is further demonstration of the need for the Republican party to be burned to the ground.

America deserves better than this from a major political party.

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