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Testing the Waters


GOP fears charges of racism, sexism
By: David Paul Kuhn
February 25, 2008 06:27 AM EST

Top Republican strategists are working on plans to protect the GOP from charges of racism or sexism in the general election, as they prepare for a presidential campaign against the first ever African-American or female Democratic nominee.

The Republican National Committee has commissioned polling and focus groups to determine the boundaries of attacking a minority or female candidate, according to people involved. The secretive effort underscores the enormous risk senior GOP operatives see for a party often criticized for its insensitivity to minorities in campaigns dating back to the 1960s.

I’m sure this is not going to go over well with the Obamaists. Rather than saying that the GOP is really trying to take a look at how to approach a black presidential candidate without seeming racist, it will be spun as gearing up for an attack on him.

Anyone who’s been alive during, say, the last 20-30 years can honestly say that the GOP has had a race relations problem. They’ve been, for all intents and purposes, been the country club on the hill with the exclusive membership. They haven’t needed-or chose not to, depending on your point of view-to focus their efforts on minority voters, African Americans in particular. My personal is because those segments of the populace haven’t shown a willingness to listen, but that’s just me.

So now the GOP, in preparation for the (probable) race against Obama in the fall, is looking inward to figure out how they can attack Obama without having the “racist!!!” flag thrown every time they open their mouth. “Undisciplined messaging,” they’re calling it: not taking into account the actual words being said when making a point.

And you know what? Good for them. In this era of excessive political correctness, they’re at least acknowledging their past issues, and are taking steps to make sure they don’t become present problems.

Hell, John McCain, the presumptive nominee, is already showing that’s he’s not going to stand for it. An example (from the AP):

Republican John McCain quickly denounced the comments of a radio talk show host who while warming up a campaign crowd referred repeatedly to Barack Hussein Obama and called the Democratic presidential candidate a “hack, Chicago-style” politician.

“I apologize for it,” the Arizona senator told reporters, addressing the issue before they had a chance to ask about Cunningham’s comments.

“I did not know about these remarks, but I take responsibility for them. I repudiate them,” he said. “My entire campaign I have treated Senator Obama and Senator (Hillary Rodham) Clinton with respect. I will continue to do that throughout this campaign.”

McCain called both Democrats “honorable Americans” and said, “I want to dissociate myself with any disparaging remarks that may have been said about them.”

The general campaign is going to be brutal, as well it should be. Attacks on the person will come. The Obamaists are going to be out in force. Hell, they’ve already shown that NO ONE who isn’t black can come after Obama without being a racist, and that the black people who do are sellouts, Uncle Toms, etc.

At some point during the general campaign, it will become necessary to attack Obama the person, vice Obama the politician. It’s an unfortunate reality of campaigning. The key is not to do it in a way that is so overtly disparaging that it turns people off to the Republican nominee.

I’ve said before (in other forums) that not every attack on Obama is the result of racism. Now it’s up to the GOP to begin to show that they can come after Obama in a way that still makes their point, but isn’t seen as a sort of lynch-mob mentality.

Good luck guys…hope God’s on your side with this one.




Written by Coby Dillard

February 27, 2008 at 1:14 pm

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