O'Bama: I said something that "everybody" knows is true ...
Giving the rest of us a window into the liberal/Democratic worldview ...
By Martin A. Knight Posted in 2008 | Archived | gaffes | liberal condescension | Obama — Comments (7) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
I really didn't have much to say about Barry Henry O'Bama's San Francisco gaffe - but I did notice how similar it was to Michael Weisskopf's little "largely poor, uneducated, and easy to command"? gaffe way back in the early 1990s. And, of course, how it echoes one of the Left's most celebrated political books today; "What's The Matter With Kansas?"
As George Will's very nice article on this points out, this has been a part of the Left's mindset since Adlai Stevenson (Eisenhower's opponent in both '52 and '56). Liberals excel at psychoanalyzing the American electorate and assigning attributes/motives/beliefs to vast swathes of the American people, that, strangely enough, always serve to make them look good in comparison.
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For example, the Democrats and their allies in the Press can always be counted on to make the argument whenever a Republican wins an election in the South, that the reason for it can be nothing other than Southern racism and the GOP's appealing to it in order to win elections. Note that this also applies to some political races in the North - whenever a white Republican wins a race against a non-white Democrat, reporters generally rush after the fact to attribute it to the supposed racist "code words" that, now seen in retrospect, were subtly deployed by the Republican's campaign.
Many liberals today continue to insist that Reagan's victories in the South in 1980 and 1984 were powered by his passing mention of "States' Rights" in its federalist small-government context in a speech he gave at the Neshoba County Fair in Mississippi in 1980. Of course, that he won practically every other state outside of the South both times 44 and 49 in 1980 and 1984 respectively is not something they figure into this story.
Anyway, supposedly, at hearing the phrase "States' Rights" uttered in Philadelphia, MS (where three civil rights activists were murdered in 1963), Southern voters fell into a deep trance and many months later trudged into the voting booths and pulled the Republican lever for Ronald Reagan, salivating over the promise of the return of Jim Crow.
When 1988 rolled around, Al Gore in the Democratic Primaries introduces the subject of Massachusetts' now infamous Prisoner Furlough program against Mike Dukakis. The Furlough program was one of those "progressive" inspired innovations in the field of law and order where hardened criminals, including First Degree murderers, were allowed out for furloughs (i.e. breaks) during weekends and other days. One of those furloughed criminals, Willie Horton, traveled over to Maryland, and then proceeded to torture and rape a couple over the course of a weekend.
A PAC in support of George H. W. Bush follows Al Gore's lead and runs the now infamous 28-second ad featuring a picture of Mr. Horton, criticizing Dukakis for (among other things) vetoing a bill passed by the Massachusetts' (Democratic) legislature making First Degree murderers ineligible (like Willie Horton) for the Furlough Program, therefore allowing Horton to engage in his happy fun weekend of rape and torture.
Psychoanalyzing the American electorate again, liberals and their fellow travelers in the Press shrieked immediately that Horton's race, and not the fact that he was a sadistic rapist and murderer allowed out by an insane liberal program avidly supported by the Democrats' Presidential nominee, was what would stick in the "typical" white person's (which would include Barry Henry's grandma) mind.
Which of course, led to them, like the Southern voters Reagan earlier transformed into racist automatons, trooping to the polls to vote Republican - and which, of course, is perhaps the main reason Bush XLI beat Dukakis.
In other words, let us not be surprised to discover that O'Bama, the Democratic Party and their friends in the media already have a prepared storyline they would be advancing in the event of Barry Henry securing the Democratic nomination and then going on to lose to McCain in November. It would be that Republicans "illegitimately" used God, patriotism, guns, gays, race (most especially - it would be some reprise of the "Southern Strategy" conventional wisdom) and (stronger emphasis if Hillary is the nominee) gender to "divide" America so they could win.
As a political tactic, I must admit that it's rather brilliant. Tainting an opponent's victory as somehow illegitimately won by the deployment of unsavory methods/appeals to the worst of human nature by the regular and constant repetition needed to make it conventional wisdom generally tends to get a lot of the politically marginally informed (i.e. "mushies", swing voters) to er ... swing in the needed direction for next time. Your opponents, flushed with their success, generally would not even bother to answer such criticisms until it is already far along in becoming conventional wisdom.
The problem here though, is that it's not a deliberate tactic - which has no real negative effect on its effectiveness. The typical New York Times reporter honestly believes the thesis of "What's The Matter With Kansas." It is axiomatic to him/her that people's beliefs in the Second Amendment, religion, that illegal immigration is a problem, etc. are secondary issues used to bamboozle the "unsophisticated" to vote in a way opposed to "their" interests.
From this, it is a short hop and skip to not just believing that people who vote opposite of you are not as mentally-all-there (and therefore are easily manipulable) as you are, but are also morally deficient in some way.
Barry Henry's problem is that he brought this attitude out into the open in (where else?) San Francisco, thinking he was among people of like mind (which he actually was) and that everyone there had enough of a connection outside of the liberal cocoon to know that it would not go over well outside of the nation's more liberal enclaves, if it ever got out.
Oh well ...