Total manipulation. I suppose you could say they wanted to subvert the Constitution, but they don’t think along philosophical lines

There are, depending on one’s POV reasons to vote for or against Barack Obama, but to suggest that he will somehow hurl us back to the days of Rosa Parks is in the top twenty of the most absurd thing I’ve read. Of course it came from one of the neocon’s favorite historical revisionists Victor David Hanson, Obama’s election will cause,

disastrous regression in race relations.

Should America start a fund drive and buy Righties like Hanson a mirror. They can’t seem to see themselves for what they are – RNC Chief to Say It Was ‘Wrong’ to Exploit Racial Conflict for Votes

It was called “the southern strategy,” started under Richard M. Nixon in 1968, and described Republican efforts to use race as a wedge issue — on matters such as desegregation and busing — to appeal to white southern voters.

Ken Mehlman, the Republican National Committee chairman, this morning will tell the NAACP national convention in Milwaukee that it was “wrong.”

“By the ’70s and into the ’80s and ’90s, the Democratic Party solidified its gains in the African American community, and we Republicans did not effectively reach out,” Mehlman says in his prepared text. “Some Republicans gave up on winning the African American vote, looking the other way or trying to benefit politically from racial polarization. I am here today as the Republican chairman to tell you we were wrong.”

To Hanson and other neocons of that ilk it is not Barack Obama that might cause a “regression” in race relations it is any U.S. President of color. This is the soft stinking underbelly of Republican racism. It’s not, they’ll claim that they have anything against African-Americans only now is not the time for school integration, now is not the time for voting rights and now is not the time for a black president. Its all about the timing you see, its not about how the Hansons have used race to scare and polarize American voters. Where was Hanson and The National Review when Bush was exploiting every last ounce of prejudice he could at Bob Jones University

7. “This is a Catholic Voter Alert. Governor George Bush has campaigned against Senator John McCain by seeking the support of Southern fundamentalists who have expressed anti-Catholic views. Several weeks ago, Governor Bush spoke at Bob Jones University in South Carolina. Bob Jones has made strong anti-Catholic statements, including calling the Pope the anti-Christ, the Catholic Church a satanic cult! John McCain, a pro-life senator, has strongly criticized this anti-Catholic bigotry, while Governor Bush has stayed silent while seeking the support of Bob Jones University. Because of this, one Catholic pro-life congressman has switched his support from Bush to McCain, and many Michigan Catholics support John McCain for president.”

This was a John McCain for president campaign robo-call in 2000. Today, as we pointed out, he hangs with the Rev. Hagee who thinks Catholicism is a “cult” and the “Antichrist.” How romantic.

It is not simply about race with Republicans it is their repugnant and dependable habit of falling back on any kind of eliminationism they can exploit to electoral advantage. That snip comes from this article, The Top Ten Craziest Things John McCain Has Said While You Weren’t Watching

9. John McCain is “very proud to have Pastor John Hagee’s support.”

Just FYI, John Hagee makes Jeremiah Wright seem like Richard Simmons. Hagee has called the Catholic Church the “Great Whore,” an “apostate church,” the “Antichrist,” and a “false cult system.” And let’s not even get into what he has said about Jews.

In the insular world of The National Review Obama’s mere election will cause no end of tensions, but McCain and his cavalcade of anti-Catholic/anti-Semitic nut jobs are no cause for concern. Republicans practically invented identity politics.

Why did they do all this for
Chrissakes?–what were they after?

Total manipulation. I suppose you
could say they wanted to subvert the
Constitution, but they don’t think
along philosophical lines.

Talk about Segretti–

–don’t concentrate on Segretti or
you’ll miss the overall scheme too.

There were more then.

Follow every lead–every lead goes

–the Canuck letter–was that a White
House operation–

(nods, bigger)
–don’t you miss the grand scheme

How grand?

Nationwide–my God, they were
frightened of Muskie and look who
got destroyed–they wanted to run
against McGovern, and look who they’re
running against. They bugged, they
followed people, false press leaks,
fake letters, they canceled Democratic
campaign rallies, they investigated
Democratic private lives, they planted
spies, stole documents, on and on–
don’t tell me you think this was all
the work of little Don Segretti.

And Justice and FBI know all this?

Yes, yes, everything. There were
over fifty people employed by the
White House and CREEP to ratfuck–
some of what they did is beyond

Fifty ratfuckers directed by the
White House to destroy the Democrats?

from “ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN”, screenplay by William Goldman
Based on the novel “All The President’s Men” by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward