Here’s the current message:
Republican/Conservatives/Tea Partiers don’t really care about health care or taxes at all. They only care about race, as in, they want to re-institute Jim Crow and kill Obama.
We noticed last week how the Tea Party rally outside the Capitol was being described as a mob scene of racial, homophobic hate, something on the order of the arrival at school of the Little Rock nine. And even though there had to be scores of news cameras and countless video cameras at the capitol rally as egotistical Congressmen waded through, no one has ever produced the video of Tea Partiers chanting “nigger,” or anybody spitting on anybody.
(Now how far do you think Glenn Beck would get if he didn’t have miles and miles of video and book excerpts to support the claims he makes about Obama’s advisers?)
This morning Frank Rich’s column explains that “The Rage Is Not About Health Care”).
After rehearsing the week’s bullet points of undocumented racist attacks, Rich gets down to business:
The conjunction of a black president and a female speaker of the House — topped off by a wise Latina on the Supreme Court and a powerful gay Congressional committee chairman — would sow fears of disenfranchisement among a dwindling and threatened minority in the country no matter what policies were in play.Admittedly, Frank Rich is an idiot. But he is in the New York Times. And these things work by cumulative volume, not by credibility.
Then on on C-Span radio I heard a re-play of a Saturday broadcast from a Washington, D,C. bookstore, in which an audience questioner, who said he was with Code Pink, gave the kind of rambling speech typical of C-Span broadcasts from liberal bookstores. The man claimed he was present at the Tea Party rally and saw countless instances of Tea Partiers calling Congressional staffers “niggers,” something about which I don't accept at face value. Mr. Code Pink then went on to explain that he doesn’t really believe Republicans really care about lowering taxes or health care at all; all they care about is acting on their racism.
That’s the message, twice in one day, and I’m not even looking for it.