As several key Senate races head down to the wire, many embattled Democrats have, in desperation, resorted to their most reliable, tried and true tactic: race baiting. None has done so more gratuitously or offensively than the pasty white creature of privilege Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Kay HaganSenate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard4% who has distributed flyers suggesting that if Thom Tillis won, blacks would be lynched and more recently suggested that Thom Tillis killed Trayvon Martin. In response to these gratuitous and offensive tactics, Thom Tillis objected publicly to the race-baiting of Hagan’s campaign; for doing so he was subjected to a National Journal story which ran an incredible headline suggesting that “both sides” were injecting race into the NC Senate campaign.
Just to review the bidding – one side (Hagan) ran two racially charged ads, the other side (Tillis) complained that the ads were racially charged, and the media reports this as “both sides injecting race” into a campaign. What despicable and ridiculous arbiters of truth we have in this country.
The New York Times(!), at least, has recognized the blatantly obvious – that embattled Democrats this election cycle are responsible for playing the race card to the hilt this election season:
In the final days before the election, Democrats in the closest Senate races across the South are turning to racially charged messages — invokingTrayvon Martin‘s death, the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and Jim Crow-era segregation — to jolt African-Americans into voting and stop a Republican takeover in Washington.
The images and words they are using are striking for how overtly they play on fears of intimidation and repression. And their source is surprising. The effort is being led by national Democrats and their state party organizations — not, in most instances, by the shadowy and often untraceable political action committees that typically employ such provocative messages.
I have given the Republicans a lot of grief over the last couple of weeks for running on a mostly idea-free platform this election season. But it’s important to remember that however little the Republicans have to offer America, the Democrats are offering much, much worse. They have demonstrated time and time again that they are willing to actively sow seeds of discord, discontentment and …read more