John on October 17, 2009 at 10:15 am
Heard about this story last night at WCPAC. Democracy Corps is an organization run by James Carville and Stan Greenberg that which does Democratic polling and research. Carville’s group headed to Georgia in the wake of Rep. Joe Wilson’s “You lie!” on the house floor, where they spoke to older, white Republicans about the President:
These base Republican voters dislike Barack Obama to be sure, which is not very surprising as base Democrats had few positive things to say about George Bush, but these voters identify themselves as part of a “mocked” minority with a set of shared beliefs and knowledge, and commitment to oppose Obama that sets them apart from the majority in the country. They believe Obama is ruthlessly advancing a “secret agenda” to bankrupt the United States and dramatically expand government control to an extent nothing short of socialism. They overwhelmingly view a successful Obama presidency as the destruction of this country’s founding principles and are committed to seeing the president fail.
Instead of focusing on these intense ideological divisions, the press and elites continue to look for a racial element that drives these voters’ beliefs but they need to get over it. Conducted on the heels of Joe Wilson’s incendiary comments at the president’s joint session address, we gave these groups of older, white Republican base voters in Georgia full opportunity to bring race into their discussion but it did not ever become a central element, and indeed, was almost beside the point.
My first question…why was this result dumped on the web on a Friday afternoon. That’s usually a sign that someone is hoping the story will die a quiet death. I really wonder if this was not the result they were hoping to find. Remember the NASCAR Islamaphobia sting? Similar premise. Similar result.
Second, will Republicans now be receiving an apology from the various Democrats and media figures on the left who have made this charge over the last few contentious months. The obvious ones:
- Jimmy Carter, International Man of Misery
- Joe Klein at Time (a repeat offender)
- Maureen Dowd at the NY Times
- Janeane Garofalo
- Pretty much everyone at MSNBC
- But especially Chris Matthews
- The Washington Post which suggested that James O’Keefe had racial motives based on a quote they had invented. (They issued a correction.)
- Don Lemon of CNN
- And many, many more.
And this doesn’t include all the media outlets (CNN, Huff Post, etc.) who aired the bogus Rush Limbaugh quotes in a transparent attempt to smear an enemy of the party. Are they going to put the race card away for a while now?
Then again, why would any of these folks listen to James Carville. He’s a white guy from the south so, ya know, probably a racist.
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