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October 07, 2008

McCain campaign dumps racist organizer Bobby May

"Drug Crisis: Raise taxes to pay for free drugs for Obama's inner-city political base," former McCain campaign member Bobby May's satirical prediction for Barack Obama's drug policy if he is elected president.

The McCain campaign dumped Virginia organizer Bobby May after word got out that he'd written this op/ed, a racially loaded attempt at satire.

May predicted that, amongst other things, President Obama would:
-restrict 2nd Amendment rights to "gang-bangers, illegal aliens, Islamo-Fascist terrorists, and Sen. Jim Webb's aide"
-graffiti the White House and raise taxes for the paint
-replace the "Star Spangled Banner" with the "Black National Anthem"; and,
-mandate all churches to teach 'Black Liberation Theology.'

A McCain campaign spokeswoman acknowledged that these kinds of attacks have no place in political discourse.


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ahhh... but THESE attacks do:

"[Obama] said, too, that our troops in Afghanistan are 'air raiding villages and killing civilians,'" Palin said, mischaracterizing a 2007 remark by Obama. "I hope Americans know that is not what our brave men and women in uniform are doing in Afghanistan. The U.S. military is fighting terrorism and protecting us and protecting our freedom."

or this gem

McCain was speaking today in New Mexico, doing his usual personal attack on Barack Obama, as the stock market plummeted (you can see the ticker next to McCain on the screen, an apt reminder of what McCain and his fellow Republicans represent), and McCain asked the crowd "who is Barack Obama?" Immediately you hear someone yell "terrorist." McCain pauses, the audience laughs, and McCain continues on, not acknowledging, not chastising, not correcting. Oh, but McCain does say in the next sentence that he's upset about all the "angry barrage of insults.

oh wait... this one is good too:

"Now it turns out, one of his earliest supporters is a man named Bill Ayers," Palin 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.

all of which is "throwing red meat to the mob" and rallying the (racist) reich wing base:

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."

(sit down, boy?)

ahh... its a good thing they finally found their "limit" (or was the backlash sooo severe they cut bobby may... while inside they cheer such thoughts / comments on?)

after all... this comes from the same party / campaign who's supporters acted thusly during the recent VP "debates":

American News Project went inside a pro-Palin rally set up by the McCain campaign to watch the vice presidential debate, where supporters booed moderator Gwen Ifill and laughed when Sen. Joe Biden got choked up talking about his first wife and daughter's deaths.

no, i believe this IS the mccain campaign's ideology and belief structure... bobby may simply went too far to put it in print...

I believe that half or more of the people who will not vote for Obama is due to race.

I was raised in a small town in Southern Louisiana and I can tell you for a fact that all most all who are not voting for Obama are not voting for Obama because of race.

I don't agree with Ole Blue. I think that most people who won't vote for Obama will vote against him because they're committed partisan Republicans. Most anti-Obama voters will be people whose votes could have been predicted long before we knew who either of the candidates would be. And, mind you, I don't consider that an insult. The two parties stand for very different things. The people who will run the government, from cabinet officials down to the thousands of midlevel political appointees you've never heard of, will be very different depending on who wins, and a good deal of the difference will have to do with the simple fact that the sorts of people who will be available to staff a Democratic Administration are very different from the sorts of people who will be available to staff a Republican Administration.

If you've been paying attention to politics for the last decade then you are probably a committed partisan already, and you shouldn't be ashamed to admit it. You should vote for the Republican Candidate if you think that a Republican Administration and Republican policies, as exemplified by the last eight years, will be best for the country. The specific personality quirks of individual candidates aren't completely irrelevant---Bush and McCain aren't identical---but party affiliation matters an awful lot.

I think that somewhere between 70 and 90 percent of the population consists of committed partisans, more or less evenly divided between the Democratic and Republican parties. Elections are focused on (1) increasing turnout in your committed base, and (2) fighting over the minority who isn't already committed to one side or the other. I don't think that most people in that uncommitted minority are racists; I think most of them just aren't paying attention. If they were paying attention, they would have noticed the differences between the parties long ago.

The press likes to cover campaigns as if most people are active and engaged citizens who are choosing between the candidates by carefully considering their eleven-point plans for addressing the perilous state of the dollar/rupiah exchange rate or softwood porosity standards or something. I won't go so far as to claim that people like that don't exist, but I'm pretty sure they're an insignificant fraction of the electorate. For most voters, it's a lot simpler than that.

Eh-McKeating's still got Caribou Barbie around to pander to the Klanservatives. And let's face it: there are so many Klanservatives working for Johnny now that the loss of one really means just about nothing.

A McCain campaign spokeswoman acknowledged that these kinds of attacks have no place in political discourse.

Damn right they don't. So unsubtle. So gauche. Tch tch tch. Has this gentlemen never even learned the basics? There's a difference between a dog-whistle and an air raid siren, dude.

On the other hand, May has demonstrated some real gusto and initiative here, the kind the Republican party knows how to reward and nurture, so I wouldn't count him out for the long-run. I imagine they'll make a show of knocking him back to the minors, where he'll be assigned to the Remedial Ratfucking 101 class with Professor Rove until he has fully absorbed all the lessons of right-wing goodthink. And once that happens, the sky's the limit!

Call Bobby May: 276-566-8788. Let him know how you feel.

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