GOPer Tries Acoustic Dog Whistling


Iowa Republican candidate for US Senate Sam Clovis thinks that The Kenyan Usurper would have been impeached by now, you know, if he were were white.

“I would say there are people in the House of Representatives right now that would very much like to take the opportunity to start the process,” Sam Clovis told The Daily Times Herald.

“It’s not that what he has done would not rise to the level where it might be impeachable,” Clovis continued. “I don’t think it’s a practical, pragmatic issue. And simply because I don’t think the nation is ready for it.”

“Now we have a situation where race is thrown into the cards as well,” he remarked. “Whether we like it or not, race is an issue.”

Clovis doesn’t indicate what the impeachable offenses are. Governing while black? Yeah, we can go with that. But more importantly, lily-livered, white wine-sipping, Volvo-driving, white-guilt liberals are clearly afraid of what would happen if they impeached the first black preznint, who so clearly deserves it for benghazi! Benghazi! BENGHAZI!!1! and Obamacare, and ACORN, and… Am I right?

Clovis was then asked if he members of Congress are worried about what it would look like in news coverage to impeach the president because he’s black. Clovis simply responded “yes.”

You see, reverse racism! Quotas! Um, something-something-something…

You must admit it is refreshing to hear the acoustic version of the GOP’s dog whistling.

(Raw Story)

It keeps happening to him

(TPM) Graphic Design at its finest for the event State Sen. Chris McDaniel is backing out of. How could he possibly know that it would attract White Power segregationists…

Teabagger US Senate Candidate, Noted bad logistician and famous friend of Neo-Confederate Secessionists everywhere, Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel has once again found himself booked as a Keynote speaker at a gun show with Confederate War memorobilia and white nationalists who agitate for segregation.

Just a coincidence, I’m sure, that this is at least the third time that this has happened.

(And as always our disclaimer: not all Republicans are racists. However, if you are a racist you probably are a Republican.)


In Which Dog Whistling Turn Into Dog Shouting

Brown-paper bag fabulist and noted dog-whistler Paul Ryan got some help from the media last night as the greatese PR agent a falafel has ever know, Bill-O comes to his defense:

Yes, cave-fish white Bill O’Reilly called Rep. Barbara Lee a race hustler, you know, for telling Paul Ryan he was being a racist.

“Thanks for the help, Bill,” the Zombie-eyed Granny-starver did not say as he slunk from the studio. “The controversy of my totally not racist dog-whistle is sure to evaporate now.”

Readin’, ‘Ritin’, Racism, Republicanism

Compare and contrast

Professor Krugman has a terrific column up at the NYTimes, that I think is required reading:

There are many negative things you can say about Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee and the G.O.P.’s de facto intellectual leader. But you have to admit that he’s a very articulate guy, an expert at sounding as if he knows what he’s talking about.

I think you can tell where the Prof is going with this, following the brown-paper bag fabulist’s recent apology for his racist dog whistle, “I was inarticulate…”

So it’s comical, in a way, to see Mr. Ryan trying to explain away some recent remarks in which he attributed persistent poverty to a “culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working.” He was, he says, simply being “inarticulate.” How could anyone suggest that it was a racial dog-whistle? Why, he even cited the work of serious scholars — people like Charles Murray, most famous for arguing that blacks are genetically inferior to whites. Oh, wait.

Nixon and Reagan’s Southern Strategy and the language of racism, is the Rosetta stone to understanding Wingnuttia. Dog whistles are the secret code that Lee Atwater and others taught the Party of Lincoln to use. You must fluently speak in the code if you want the Republican party in all of its glory to hear you. Ryan was dog whistling, there is not doubt about it.

As always, I try not to ascribe motive to why people do what they do. I suspect in the clubby atmosphere of talking on Hate Radio with Bill ‘Sporting Life’ Bennet that Ryan completely forgot that other people could hear him, he thought he was talking to The Club. He said what he said because he meant it to be heard by the right people. He just didn’t realize that everyone else was listening.

(As always my disclaimer: All Republicans are not racist; that said if you are a racist, you probably are a Republican.)

That time 10 people showed up for the white rally

No Amenty teabagger

Hahah, let’s say you planned a rally for racism and only 10 people showed up? Take it away, Cincinnati:

A local group describing itself as “pro white” held up signs at a busy Florence intersection Saturday, drawing cheers and jeers from passing motorists.

The largest banner read: “Diversity=white genocide.”

Robert Ransdell of Florence said he organized the rally in concert with the White Man March, an international event scheduled for Saturday.

“We are here promoting white interests and encouraging others to stand up for people advocating for the white majority just like the minorities are encouraged to do,” Ransdell told the Enquirer.

The rally, which drew about 10 people, ran from 10:30 a.m. to about 1 p.m. just off I-71/75 at the Turfway Road exit.

But wait! It get’s better: the Twitteratti decided to mock them, too:

(Hat tip: Americans Against the Tea Party and the always funny Freakout Nation, who has the best title for the article.)

The Saturday Quote (Updated)

“Back in the day of slavery, slaves were kept in slavery by denying them education and opportunity while providing them with their basic needs. Not by beating them and starving them. Although there were isolated cases, of course. Basically slave owners took pretty good care of their slaves and livestock and this kept business rolling along.”

–The Terrible Sand Kingdom of Arizonastan congressional hopeful Jim Brown, who let the voices inside his head continue on past his talking point, which had something to do with entitlement programs, you know, enslaving people.

Waiting for the obligatory non-apology and quote taken out of context, damn the liberal media!

These people really are Morloks.

UPDATE 1: That didn’t take long:

“Some people read this to mean that I didn’t think slavery was that bad. I believe that slavery is worse than death — yesterday, today and tomorrow. I apologize to anyone I offended,” he wrote.

UPDATE 2: His original quote was on his Facebook page, in writing. He has since removed it. I foolishly assumed he said it using his outdoor voice. My regrets for the error.

In Which Paul Ryan Apologizes, sort of


Shorter Paul Ryan: “I’m sorry you heard what I said.”

What the brown paper bag fabulist and Zombie-eyed Granny-starver actually said as an apology (of sorts?):

After reading the transcript of yesterday morning’s interview, it is clear that I was inarticulate about the point I was trying to make. I was not implicating the culture of one community-but of society as a whole.

We have allowed our society to isolate or quarantine the poor rather than integrate people into our communities. The predictable result has been multi-generational poverty and little opportunity.

I also believe the government’s response has inadvertently created a poverty trap that builds barriers to work. A stable, good-paying job is the best bridge out of poverty.

The broader point I was trying to make is that we cannot settle for this status quo and that government and families have to do more and rethink our approach to fighting poverty.

I have witnessed amazing people fighting against great odds with impressive success in poor communities. We can learn so much from them, and that is where this conversation should begin.

As Brother Pierce says:

This is not a dogwhistle. I mean, really, Charles Fking Murray? This is a goddamn air-raid siren. If you’re talking about a “cultural problem” in the “inner city,” and citing Charles Murray while you’re doing it, well, you’re pretty much broadcasting in the clear to the people you want to reach. That entire phony “listening tour” that you went on? Useless now. Want to run for president? You just wrote a radio and television ad for any Democrat who wants to run for president, including all of the dead ones. Your campaign is in the wind now, dude. Between this and that stupid brown paper bag fable that you cribbed at CPAC, you’re no more ready for primetime than you were when Uncle Joe Biden laughed you off the stage back in 2012.


Good god, this is all my bollocks. This is the risk of making a career within the conservative bubble. Sooner or later, you blurt something out in the code and the rest of the world hears it. He didn’t say “inner city” by accident. He didn’t cite a white supremacist like Murray by accident. He didn’t go on Bennett’s radio show accidentally. He knew what he was saying and to what audience. He was extremely articulate. And he remains the biggest fake in American politics.

To which I will add, Amen, Brother Pierce, Amen.

The Other Morning Quote – Updated

“This has nothing to do whatsoever with race. It never even occurred to me. This has nothing to do with race whatsoever.”

–Zombie-eyed Granny-starver and brown-bag lunch fabulist Paul Ryan trying to walk back his amazingly racist dog whistle about lazy, inner city men.

(Think Progress has a really good piece up, talked to the researchers that Ryan cites, who say (as seems to be a habit now) that Ryan either doesn’t understand their work or distorts it. At any rate it is very clear that Ryan does not understand poverty any better than he understands budgets.)


Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, fired back at House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) for claiming that poverty is caused by men in “our inner cities” who are “not even thinking about working.” His comments “are a thinly veiled racial attack and cannot be tolerated,” Lee said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. “Let’s be clear, when Mr. Ryan says ‘inner city,’ when he says, ‘culture,’ these are simply code words for what he really means: ‘black.’”

“As someone who sits on the Budget Committee with Mr. Ryan, I know that his assertions about the racial dynamics of poverty are not only statistically inaccurate, but deeply offensive,” she said. “Instead of demonizing “culture,” and blaming black men for their poverty, Mr. Ryan should step up and produce some legitimate proposals on how to tackle poverty and racial discrimination in America. His uninformed policy proposals continue to increase poverty, not solve it. My colleague is demonstrating a complete lack of knowledge and understanding of the issues in urban and black communities.”