The Booman explains the wingnut wurlitzer.
Some Republican lies are so outrageous that you have to wonder whether Republicans themselves actually believe what’s coming out of their mouths or whether they are just willing to say whatever they can to con the rubes.
This is one of them.
In the midst of a piece primarily about demographic patterns, Clarence Page looks below the surface of the Republican gut-out-the-vote movement.
“Significantly more minority youths age 18-29 were asked to show identification than white youths: 72.9 percent of black youths were asked for ID, compared with 60.8 percent of Latino youths and 50.8 percent of white youths. Even in states where there are no voter ID laws on the books, 65.5 percent of black youths were asked to show ID at the polls, compared with 55.3 percent of Latino youths and 42.8 percent of white youths.”
Racial bias — sometimes subtle, always sinister — is alive and well.
TPM reports that facts have overtaken Republicans’ favorite lies about the Affordable Care Act.
Will Republicans notice? I suspect not. Facts are meaningless in Wingnut World.
Remember these rules, which I have learned from experience (no, I did not used to be so cynical–I just paid attention):
Rule One: Don’t believe anything Republicans say.
Rule Two: If in doubt, consult Rule One.
North Carolina continues to gut out the vote.
Election officials closed early voting sites at Appalachian State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in favor of off-campus locations, saying voting sites should be more geographically situated across the county.
“You’re talking about a town in which 60 percent of the voters are located in a pretty narrow area,” she (Allison Riggs, a voting rights attorney with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice–ed.) said. “Counties need to know there needs to be a rational basis for this decision. They can’t just try to stick it to young voters, stick it to college students.”
It’s a strategy craven in its simplicity. If you think that they won’t vote for you, don’t let them vote.
Republicans gin up another phony Affordable Care Act horror story.
“Not only do I not agree with what the image is portraying,” Helene wrote me, “I actually have Affordable Healthcare!”
So, if anything, Helene is an Obamacare success story.
But that didn’t stop over 17,000 people on Facebook from sharing an image of her face, posted just days ago, with a caption complaining about Obamacare. To add insult to injury, the people who stole her image couldn’t even spell “conspiracy” right.
We went out to a local restaurant last night. One television was tuned to sports; the other, to Fox (the volume was off on both, thank heavens). I was facing the Fox News one, from which, I could tell from the crawls, the anchorblonde was vomiting lie after lie.
Shaun Mullen explains how it works. A nugget:
* Avoid abstract ideas and appeal to the emotions.
* Constantly repeat just a few ideas by using stereotyped phrases.
* Always give only one side of the argument.
* Continuously criticize your opponents.
* Pick out one “enemy” in particular for special vilification.
This playbook would be immediately recognizable to students of the Third Reich. It was employed, almost word for word, with insidious effectiveness by Joseph Goebbels, Adolph Hitler’s minister of propaganda.
Read the rest.
In a typically long post on the same issue, Chauncey Devega also addresses Republican racist dog whistling. Here’s a snippet:
Paul Ryan and other conservatives can claim that they are innocent of their racist political arson. But, they are repeatedly caught, hiding behind the dumpster, or in the bushes, as the building burns. One hand is busy, down the trousers, working in onanistic fervor as the conflagration spreads. The other hand is concealing a lighter. The police approach, shake their heads, and say “you again!”
Who can do it better?
Via Bob Cesca’s Awesome Blog, where the rest of the post is Chris-crossed.
Remember, in Wingnut World, there is no truth, only soundbites.
The strategy is simple.
When you know that the majority of the public won’t vote for you and you know that your supporters are conquests of the “Southern strategy” determined to vote under any circumstance, do everything you can to keep everyone else from voting.
Almost a third of North Carolina’s 100 counties have received permission from the State Board of Elections to reduce early-voting hours heading into the May 6 primary below what last year’s elections overhaul law demanded of them.
The law, pushed through by state Republican leaders, remains a divisive issue with legal challenges as the upcoming primary provides a key test of how new rules will work before the November general election.
It is superfluous to point out the the Republican Party is no longer a political party. I’m not quite sure what it has become, but I think that “subterfuge” comes closest.