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Ed Driscoll

16 Months? Try Doubling It

July 15th, 2010 - 4:13 pm

The Politico notes:

A clear pattern of behavior has emerged over the last 16 months. According to liberals, if you disagree with their thinking, and if you disagree with the Obama administration, you are not only wrong, you are a “racist.”

But this started on the campaign trail of course, beginning with the Obama campaign’s attempts to blindside his fellow Democrats. As England’s Telegraph noted in January of 2008, “Obama supporter warns [Hillary] Clinton over ‘racism’” A few months later, Nora Ephron wrote at the Huffington Post, bringing the same sense of refined understatement to her wannabe punditry as she does to her movie directing, “This is an election about whether the people of Pennsylvania hate blacks more than they hate women.”

This was back in April of 2008, when Ephron was referring only to Democrats as they engaged in the PA primary. Around that time, former Air America hostess Randi Rhodes referred to Hillary as a “big f***ing whore” and fellow Democratic stalwart Geraldine Ferraro as “David Duke in drag” (both within the same rant).

By the summer of 2008, the Politico dubbed such operations “The Liberal Bletchley Park” for its ability to”detect” racism where none existed. As Mark Hemingway wrote at the time:

In a column for the Politico yesterday, Reason editor Michael Moynihan wrote the left had turned into a “a virtual Bletchley Park of racial cryptographers teasing out the sinister motives and subtexts of McCain’s campaign advertising.”It was a funny line, but it to dismiss it as just hyperbole would be a big mistake. Responding to McCain’s “The One” ad, a Democratic consulting group put out a frightfully lengthy memo deconstructing it. This excerpt will give you the general thrust of it:

This is the use of religion at its very worst in politics because it is an attempt to subtly and perhaps even subconsciously play on some of the deepest fears of millions of evangelical Americans. From the title of the ad (that immediately reminds anyone familiar with the Left Behind series of the name of the false church set up by the anti-Christ) to the quotes (with no respect to context) and images that the McCain camp chose to use, which basically allude to every symbol of the anti-Christ possibole [sic] short of flashing 666 on the screen, this ad is an attempt to stir up already circulating falsehoods about Obama and add more fuel to the fire.

That’s right, after the racist charges didn’t stick and then their ridiculous Nazi accusations were ignored, there was only one other place they could go. Obama’s defenders are now accusing McCain of using his campaign ads to call Obama the anti-Christ. Marvel for a second at the absurdity of that. I have no idea what charge the liberal Bletchley Park could make to further discredit themselves, but where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Considering that Joe “articulate, bright and clean” Biden is now Obama’s vice president, Hillary his secretary of state, and Bill Clinton being called in to consult on the administration’s flailing permanent campaign, I’d say they’ve pretty much burned themselves out at this point.

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