(Let me state, up front, that not every member of the GOP is a racist and it would be disingenuous to say that they were. However, the far-right is just chockablock with bigoted asshats. It is the far-right of which I am blogging, since I have Republican friends (I know!) who read this blog and they are not racist scum and should not be conflated with the lunatic fringe of the conservatives.)
My goodness, but the far-right is dragging out the “scary black man” to keep it’s adherents from noticing they have screwed the economy royally and have systematically disenfranchised everyone who isn’t a rich white guy or who hasn’t made a patriarchal bargain to serve rich white guys.
Faux Fox News, the official mouthpiece of the Tea Baggers and other right-wing extremists, pulled out this gem:
So they ignore the fact the austerity measures so beloved of the GOP is a significant factor in scuttling the economy, but they blame it on the fact a black president knows black celebrities and is conversant with the “Hip-Hop”? No, there are no racial overtones there at all! There are only pixies and unicorns!
But this was a subtle form of racist pandering compared to the shit that’s spewing form other far-right face holes. To date far-right darlings of the Tea baggers have called Obama a “tar baby” and “boy”, and they have done it multiple times. Then there is the more blatantly racist, “Mocked by The Wall Street Journal and Sen. John McCain as the little people of the Lord of the Rings books, the Tea Party “Hobbits” are indeed returning to Middle Earth — to nail the coonskin to the wall.” This was written by none other than Pat Buchanan. How do you pass off “coonskin” as anything other than gross and vile racism?
Tea baggers have also gotten some flack for having forwarded this “family photo” of President Obama:
At its heart, there is not much difference between the Fox News image and the photoshopped apes.
The terror that a black man, someone who is not a WASP, sits in the Oval Office is at the heart of the hysteria against President Obama. The man is moderate to the point he is a de facto conservative Republican, and yet the far-right keeps scooting farther right to get away from him. Eventually the Tea Baggers and other far-right nutjobs will just have to go ahead and put on the white hoods, openly supporting David Duke as a Presidential candidate, instead of just relying on ‘jokes’ and innuendos.
Racists are not just asshats, they are STUPID asshats.