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July 15, 2009

BUCHANAN MAKES THE CASE FOR RACE BAITING.... Of all of Judge Sonia Sotomayor's conservative critics, few have been quite as offensive as Pat Buchanan. For anyone who's followed Buchanan's record, this isn't surprising.

What's interesting, though, is Buchanan's advice for the Republican Party. In an odd piece for Human Events this week, Buchanan argues that the GOP's response to the Sotomayor nomination may produce "Hispanic hostility for a generation" towards the Republican Party. Sounds like a warning about electoral disaster? On the contrary -- Buchanan suggests the key to GOP success in the future is doing more to appeal to whites.

In 2008, Hispanics, according to the latest figures, were 7.4 percent of the total vote. White folks were 74 percent, 10 times as large. Adding just 1 percent to the white vote is thus the same as adding 10 percent to the candidate's Hispanic vote.

If John McCain, instead of getting 55 percent of the white vote, got the 58 percent George W. Bush got in 2004, that would have had the same impact as lifting his share of the Hispanic vote from 32 percent to 62 percent. [...]

Had McCain been willing to drape Jeremiah Wright around the neck of Barack Obama, as Lee Atwater draped Willie Horton around the neck of Michael Dukakis, the mainstream media might have howled. And McCain might be president.

He doesn't just see the benefits of race-baiting opportunities gone by. As this relates to a strategy for today, Buchanan urges Republicans to tell whites that "their sons and daughters are pushed aside to make room for the Sonia Sotomayors." Buchanan added that the GOP should also tell whites that Sotomayor has "a lifelong resolve to discriminate against white males."

Jason Linkins notes that Buchanan's critique of Sotomayor's record isn't even close to reality, but we can safely assume that doesn't matter. Buchanan isn't making a substantive argument against a qualified jurist; he's making a demagogic argument in support of race baiting.

Ta-Nehisi Coates does a nice job today summarizing why this isn't just disgusting, but is actually bad strategic advice: "Amping up the race-baiting isn't just going to turn off black people (most of whom are already turned-off) it turns off Latinos also. The second problem is that it likely turns a significant portion of white people also. The GOP's problem isn't that it needs to shore up Alabama -- at least not yet. It's problem is, well, basically everywhere else that isn't Alabama. I don't know how bashing Sotomayor makes you more competitive in, say, Colorado or Oregon. I'd assume the opposite."

I suspect Buchanan assumes that whites everywhere share his attitudes. All whites must hate affirmative action, hate immigration, and be politically motivated by images of Jeremiah Wright. He believes, in other words, that the United States really is Alabama, and the GOP will benefit if they believe it, too.

Democrats are no doubt hoping that Republicans take Buchanan's advice.

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Sounds like Pat has been trying to learn from Obama who is willing to alienate his base for a handful of Republican votes. Pat accepts that doing the opposite may work out better.

Posted by: mlm on July 15, 2009 at 1:58 PM | PERMALINK

Pat Buchanan is a pathetic Archie Bunker wannabe.

Posted by: Liam J on July 15, 2009 at 2:00 PM | PERMALINK

Us Democrats here in Alabama are sure hoping the Republicans take Buchanan's advice. That way, Ta-Nehisi Coates' "not yet" will seem prescient.

Posted by: Luke Coley on July 15, 2009 at 2:01 PM | PERMALINK

Nasty old goat who should have been put out to pasture a long time ago. They just LOOOOVE him at MSNBC and Mourning Joe where he spouts his nonsense..."oh Pat you say the craziest things". I mean during the election they had him on morning noon and night. I guess its hard to find creditable talking heads from the right to express a reasoned pont of view.

Posted by: John R on July 15, 2009 at 2:01 PM | PERMALINK

It's also demographically insane. The Latino and Asian-American population is growing far faster than the non-Hispanic White population. In a few decades we'll have a "majority minority" country, and the Republicans will be gone with the Whigs.

Posted by: Theophylact on July 15, 2009 at 2:11 PM | PERMALINK

Democrats are no doubt hoping that Republicans take Buchanan's advice.

I hope not. Republicans are an embarrassment to modern civilization. They have lots of money and media to help them hide it. But let's not hope the stupidity spreads.

Posted by: Danp on July 15, 2009 at 2:14 PM | PERMALINK

i love the smell of hate and fear in the afternoon (well, in another 45 mins, here on the west coast...)

Posted by: neill on July 15, 2009 at 2:14 PM | PERMALINK

I think Buchanan should be reported to the FCC for suggesting murder on television as well as racial baiting. Sessions should be reported as well, perhaps J. Scarborough should be reported as well. Maybe the networks will stop this kind of language.

Posted by: MLJohnston on July 15, 2009 at 2:16 PM | PERMALINK

I wonder if it is a coincidence that Buchanan hasn't been on Rachel's show for quite awhile. (Now if she'd only ditch Kent Jones, I'd be happy!)

Posted by: msmolly on July 15, 2009 at 2:17 PM | PERMALINK

So Buchanan thinks you can appeal to whites as a monolithic bloc of voters who all think alike? That's racism, though I'm not sure which kind. Reverse? Inverse? Obverse? Perverse?

Posted by: hells littlest angel on July 15, 2009 at 2:18 PM | PERMALINK

Seeing a black man in the White House has sent him over the edge. OTOH, he's letting it fly and not getting called on it. Must be liberating for him.

Posted by: Rolla on July 15, 2009 at 2:22 PM | PERMALINK


Of course Pat is correct. If whites were as racist as blacks and Hispanics and voted in blocks as blacks always do and Hispanics have begun to do we would not be discussing this topic.

Conservatives believe in equal opportunity and leftists believe in equal outcome - hence the left's love affirmative with blatantly racist affirmative action programs.

Posted by: f on July 15, 2009 at 2:22 PM | PERMALINK

The cable news folks like to keep a pet racist in the stable to trot out for a comment any time there's a "racially sensitive" issue like a wise Latina or Michael Jackson dying.

Posted by: Capt Kirk on July 15, 2009 at 2:23 PM | PERMALINK

Buchanan's advice would virtually guarantee that suburbs across America go blue. I live in suburb that has been trending to the right over the past two decades. In 2000 and 2004, Bush crushed Gore and Kerry respectively in my municipality - it wasn't even close. Yet, this past year, the split was something like 52 McCain, 48 Obama.

The impression I got from talking with people on the ground was that in addition to the issues, the tenor of the campaign (e.g. the "small town" nonsense) really pushed people to Obama.

A lot of people just didn't want to be associated with a party that seemed explicitly white, rural, and angry at anyone different. Keep in mind that many people I talked to were white, and had previously lived in rural areas of the state. They'd move back to those small towns in a heartbeat. But these people were insulted by the idea that they should harbor some grudge against minorities and non-Christians.

Posted by: Interested on July 15, 2009 at 2:24 PM | PERMALINK

That's 'f, graded on a scale'.

Posted by: Davis X. Machina on July 15, 2009 at 2:25 PM | PERMALINK

lots of trolls today. . .

Posted by: eadie on July 15, 2009 at 2:26 PM | PERMALINK

It's a pretty standard racist trope: "Everybody actually agrees with me, but they won't admit it." And the corollary is that people will vote their true, racist, feelings in the privacy of the voting booth. This may have been true, once upon a time-- but that was then. My view is that Ol' Pat is showing his age.

Posted by: MattF on July 15, 2009 at 2:27 PM | PERMALINK

Just another example of the Wingnut Bobblehead Creed: "Hey, they pay us big bucks whether what we say makes sense or not!!" It's not just Patty, they all do it to one degree or another.

That's why you see the same meme spread like wildfire over the media outlets whenever something new comes down the pike. Without fact checking, of course. That would be too much work.

For them it's all about the paycheck, they could care less if it's the right thing to do or not.

Posted by: Curmudgeon on July 15, 2009 at 2:27 PM | PERMALINK

Buchanan's numbers are problematic on a number of levels, but most prominently, the number given for voters who are white, probably doesn't deal with the hispanics who are considered white. That would probably knock ten percent or more off that total. Next, looking at the percentages of voters is dangerous when you are dealing with one group that is clearly under registered on the voter rolls and there are plenty of organizations out there working hard to see to it that the disparity decreases. Hispanics may have only made up 7.4% of the total vote, but they are more like 15% of the population. I can't quite imagine anything that is likely to drive increased hispanic voter registration for the next election more than the strategy that Buchanan advocates. OOPs

Posted by: majun on July 15, 2009 at 2:27 PM | PERMALINK


I hope they take his advice. I really do.

Because everyone knows that the White Race is just hankering for a leader they can all follow into a race-war, especially the ones who voted for a black guy last November.

Posted by: Tony J on July 15, 2009 at 2:28 PM | PERMALINK

Heck, no, kids. Don't you listen to that Steve Benen. Push hard for a Palin-Buchanan ticket in 2012 for maximum entertainment. Or Buchanan-Giuliani. They are tanned, rested and ready.

Posted by: Travis on July 15, 2009 at 2:29 PM | PERMALINK

f: anyone who believes blacks and Hispanics vote in bloc apparently doesn't know any of either. But I also wonder how whites would vote if there were only one white senator and blacks had once owned whites in this country.

Posted by: Capt Kirk on July 15, 2009 at 2:30 PM | PERMALINK

I think Killface may have a future as a Republican adviser.

http://www.adultswim.com/video/?episodeID=8a25c392149389c60114940f179400a3

Posted by: Dakota on July 15, 2009 at 2:31 PM | PERMALINK

If whites were as racist as blacks and Hispanics and voted in blocks as blacks always do ...

Whoa, f just got here and he already set fire to his white robes.

Posted by: JM on July 15, 2009 at 2:31 PM | PERMALINK

Even more insidious than race baiting is Buchanan's (and many within the Republican leadership) call to victimhood for Caucasian Americans. Some Republicans, like Buchanan, want me, a white male, to feel victimized by society, by government, by all the 'ethnics'. I hear this Siren's call by them, and I reject it. It's hard to say how many Caucasian Americans become convinced of this victimization, but if the economy doesn't improve, people will start looking for scapegoats.

Posted by: JWK on July 15, 2009 at 2:33 PM | PERMALINK

In primary season 2008, Buchanan's furious racism broke into uncontrolled public view -- along with what can only be a stunning additional prejudice against women who dare to think and speak. A panelist, a black female political analyst (I've forgotten her name; she doesn't seem to be on shows these days), diasgreed with him. He yelled "Shut up!" Rachel Maddow, also on the panel, looked shocked and reproved him. He muttered and subsided. But this ugliness, long objectionable but less explicit, is inexcusable: he needs to go. As Jon Stewart said to O'Reilly, "Why so angry?" Why indeed.

Posted by: SF on July 15, 2009 at 2:38 PM | PERMALINK

Had McCain been willing to drape Jeremiah Wright around the neck of Barack Obama, as Lee Atwater draped Willie Horton around the neck of Michael Dukakis, the mainstream media might have howled. And McCain might be president.

More likely, McCain would have had an even lower vote from the swing voters. Everyone who really cared already knew about Jeremiah Wright, and McCain's unwillingness to bring him into greater prominence was admirable.

Posted by: MatthewRMarler on July 15, 2009 at 2:45 PM | PERMALINK

This is nothing new from Buchanan; in 1968, he argued within the Nixon campaign for a strategy summarized by "if we cut this country in half, we'll take the bigger half." Same strategy, although now, he'd get the smaller half.

Posted by: DJ on July 15, 2009 at 2:52 PM | PERMALINK

Even for Buchanan, this is a new level of disgusting. Question now becomes, why does MSNBC have him as a guest on every damn show? Especially considering that he's not much of an expert on anything besides lies and smears. He was genetically engineered for a place like Fox"news".

Posted by: Allan Snyder on July 15, 2009 at 2:57 PM | PERMALINK

...McCain's unwillingness to bring him into greater prominence was admirable. -MatthewRMarler

Oh, give me a break. John McCain is responsible for every utterance that Sarah Palin said while on his ticket, and she had plenty to say about Wright.

The only reason why McCain occasionally, and not always, refrained from mentioning him was nothing more than a cynical and dishonest way to claim the high road.

Posted by: doubtful on July 15, 2009 at 2:57 PM | PERMALINK

Good Old Pat Buchanan -- the first Horseman of the Republican Apocalypse, Intolerance. My question is, why does Buchanan waste his time saying that stuff? He should try somewhere else.

Meanwhile, people who the world through the lenses of "race" and "ethnicity" in the name of "voting blocks" obviously do not understand people. Great politicans reach into your heart or your head, pluck the strings, and you follow the music to the voting booth.

Republicans have been plucking the strings of fear and greed for too long. Even their whole "smaller government" dog and pony show indicated that they do not understand how to run a large government with a billion factors to consider. So they just reject the concept.

Posted by: Kurt on July 15, 2009 at 3:08 PM | PERMALINK

I'm a Democrat, but I sincerely hope that the Republicans don't take Buchanan's advice. That's because the result is going to be race hatred and violence, because if a major political party openly preaches race hatred people are going to get hurt.

Oh, and Buchanan's 7.4% figure? It's low because right now, many Latino residents in the US aren't citizens. But their children are, so that number is going to go up, rapidly.

He should ask his friend, former Rep. Dornan. Dornan, who represented a very right-wing district in Orange County, was defeated by a woman named Sanchez. Seems the demographics of his district changed out from under him.

Posted by: Joe Buck on July 15, 2009 at 3:10 PM | PERMALINK

Buchanan's approach could energize the nativist base for a single election, while chasing away Latino swing voters for a generation. Pete Wilson found this out in California: he won the election but destroyed the Republican Party's electoral relevance. (Schwartzneger was only able to become governor by skirting the Republican primary entirely.)

Posted by: Measure for Measure on July 15, 2009 at 3:11 PM | PERMALINK

Never underestimate the Palin factor -- and by that I mean ole Uncle Pat saying the most outrageously racist stuff he can dream up, because that's what secures his paycheck. You think MSNBC isn't aware of what Buchanan says? It's what they PAY him to say, to start the verbal fireworks that pump up the ole cable ratings. Why has public discourse in this country deteriorated so badly and rapidly? Plot the graph against the rise of cable news...

Posted by: dalloway on July 15, 2009 at 3:20 PM | PERMALINK

Oh Lordy, I hope the republitards take Buchanan's advice!

Posted by: mars on July 15, 2009 at 3:22 PM | PERMALINK

If whites were as racist as blacks and Hispanics and voted in blocks as blacks always do [...] -- f, @14:22

Sounds to me, like you're casting aspersions against Michael Steele here. And that guy in Ohio -- Blackwell? And the numbnut in Illinois - Keyes?

As for "blocks" (and "blocs")... I'm white, as is my husband, and we wouldn't want to live on the same block as you, much less vote en bloc with such scum. Even through the 'puter screen, I can smell your rotten egg stench.

Posted by: exlibra on July 15, 2009 at 3:25 PM | PERMALINK

Buchanan also assumes that whites live and work in complete racial segregation - no friends, co-workers, partners, children or neighbors of color. Maybe in his world, but not in mine, and my world is growing.

Posted by: Joyomama on July 15, 2009 at 3:32 PM | PERMALINK

Wasn't there a big push on the Rev. Wright thing in the last week of the campaign that had no effect on the polling whatever?

Posted by: Virginia on July 15, 2009 at 3:40 PM | PERMALINK

Even more insidious than race baiting is Buchanan's (and many within the Republican leadership) call to victimhood for Caucasian Americans. Some Republicans, like Buchanan, want me, a white male, to feel victimized by society, by government, by all the 'ethnics'. I hear this Siren's call by them, and I reject it. It's hard to say how many Caucasian Americans become convinced of this victimization, but if the economy doesn't improve, people will start looking for scapegoats.

I agree wholeheartedly...this is just more racist propaganda in the "class war" that they use to keep us divided economically. There is no race (allegedly) considered when it comes time for the corporate forces to lay off lower and middle-class
wage-earners...the members of those economic groups need to not shun the other but cooperate between themselves to achieve any kind of actual prosperity. You must put the future of freedom for your children ahead of self-defeating fantasies of superiority.

Posted by: jackything on July 15, 2009 at 3:47 PM | PERMALINK

doubtful: Oh, give me a break. John McCain is responsible for every utterance that Sarah Palin said while on his ticket, and she had plenty to say about Wright.

In that case, the McCain campaign did as Buchanan has since advised them, and it didn't work anyway.

Posted by: MatthewRMarler on July 15, 2009 at 3:47 PM | PERMALINK
Conservatives believe in equal opportunity for white males.

Fixed your post.

If you think Republicans' stand against affirmative action is based on some noble principle of equality, you're not just stupid, you're weapons grade stupid.

They're against it because they've already taken Pat's advice. It's called the Southern Strategy and has gotten the GOP votes from southern whites for decades -- they simply appeal to the racist crackers using dog whistles like "states' rights" and "affirmative action," while doing all they can to ensure white males stay in power.

And that's not some conspiracy theory. The former head of the GOP even apologized for the tactic a few years back in a speech to the NAACP.

Apparently, you didn't get the memo.

Posted by: Mark D on July 15, 2009 at 3:58 PM | PERMALINK

Ah, Pat. Still recommending the strategies of 40 years ago. Is there anyone in the Republican Party who has a new idea? Anyone? Bueller?

Posted by: Mnemosyne on July 15, 2009 at 4:03 PM | PERMALINK
Of course Pat is correct. If whites were as racist as blacks and Hispanics and voted in blocks as blacks always do and Hispanics have begun to do we would not be discussing this topic.
Whites in Alabama, Mississippi, and Utah vote Republican as monolithically as blacks vote Democratically in New York. Hispanics are far less one-party, and Florida was a winning state for the Republicans among them. If the GOP wants whites to ditch Hispanics and to vote as a racial bloc, it's a losing strategy for them long term. Posted by: Theophylact on July 15, 2009 at 4:06 PM | PERMALINK

Oh, and I also noticed that MSNBC/Morning Joe had friggin Liz Cheney back on for another extended visit this week.

Posted by: Allan Snyder on July 15, 2009 at 4:07 PM | PERMALINK

This white male proudly voted for Obama, and jackasses like Buchanan are one reason I wouldn't vote Republican for President even before Bush came along.

Buchanan risks alienating not only a good slice of white voters, but making the Democratic advantage among the youth vote a permanent generational lock. More the fool he.

Posted by: Gregory on July 15, 2009 at 4:21 PM | PERMALINK

I wouldn't want to suggest that liberals are illogical, but if they see nothing wrong with appealing to the Hispanic bloc vote through a Sotomayor racial appointment, jackpot babies, the DREAM Act, and giving illegal aliens a path to citizenship, etc., then surely they will have to admit that there is nothing inherently different or racist about appealing to the white bloc vote.

Your liberal sees himself as a "champion" of minorities, which fantasy obviates the possibility of minorities as competitors. They will always be champs and minorities will never have the upper hand.

Posted by: Luther on July 15, 2009 at 4:22 PM | PERMALINK

"Race baiting" is the method Republicans use to conceal from poorer whites that they're screwing the poor over. Race war is much more advantageous to Republicans than class war. Even Pat Buchanon realizes it.

Posted by: Stetson Kennedy on July 15, 2009 at 4:23 PM | PERMALINK

Why do you keep calling it "race-baiting"?
It's racism, pure and unadulterated.

Posted by: Michael on July 15, 2009 at 4:31 PM | PERMALINK

I wouldn't want to suggest that liberals are illogic

Wasting time with psychobabble certainly keeps you from having to make rational arguments, since you, apparently, can't.

Posted by: JM on July 15, 2009 at 4:31 PM | PERMALINK

The real reason that race baiting will fail is that more and more "white" extended families contain grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc. who have Hispanic or Black ancestors. As each generation intermarries (or at least intermingles genes) the "us versus them" approach to white people on the issue of race will continue to be less viable. Ask President Obama's extended family whether he is "black" or biracial.

Posted by: LC on July 15, 2009 at 4:39 PM | PERMALINK

through a Sotomayor racial appointment

WTF? Yes, Sotomayor is hispanic and since she's not a nasty old white dude I guess that makes her "different" and this a "racial" appointment in your fevered mind. (And the minds of the GOP).

Posted by: ckelly on July 15, 2009 at 4:41 PM | PERMALINK

It's a pretty standard racist trope: "Everybody actually agrees with me, but they won't admit it." And the corollary is that people will vote their true, racist, feelings in the privacy of the voting booth. This may have been true, once upon a time-- but that was then.

Word. If memory serves me right, Nate Silver over at 536 debunked the so-called "Bradley Effect" early in the election, and of course was proved right.

Posted by: Gregory on July 15, 2009 at 4:51 PM | PERMALINK

I have gotten to the point I don't too much look at cable reality news. I watch Keith Olbermann faithfully. Every now and then I will watch Rachel Maddow. But my line-up everyday is Keith Olbermann, BBC News, World Focus. I sometimes find the CCTV (Chinese Cable TV) is better than cable.

These Cable shows will soon follow what has happened to most local newspapers - in bankruptcy.

I know a lot of people who doesn't own televisions anymore, they prefer to be online.

Along with the slow demise of the GOP, the cable shows will follow.

***I highly recommend the movie "idiocracy,"
it was making fun of the dumbing down of Americans. A funny part of the movie was, a high school football star had a group a teenage girls vying for his attention. He yelled to his dad, "I'm gonna f*** them all." The father gave a thumbs up and said, "that's my boy."

Posted by: annjell on July 15, 2009 at 4:52 PM | PERMALINK

BTW, there's a website called "Fire Andrea Mitchell."

Maybe these are some of Patsy Buchanan followers.

Maybe this is why the police are beating and shooting to death blacks and latinos. Here in Cali, there were two police shootings over the weekend. The polices said what they always say, "he reached for a weapon."

Oh well, so much for tax-cuts. They keep this up, shooting people, it will be so long for any tax-cuts.

Interesting, they cry about abortions, yet, they shoot people dead, and incite killings, and violence. Go figure!

Posted by: annjell on July 15, 2009 at 5:09 PM | PERMALINK

MLJohnston, you have a very good point.

You can't say shit, other expletives on television, some rap music and video games have ratings.

Yet, these GOP can yell racial slurs, incite racial hatred during normal program hours.

I'll bet, if people had to pay extra-premiums for these shows, they be off the air, or change their style.

Posted by: annjell on July 15, 2009 at 5:30 PM | PERMALINK

Patrick Buchanan is one of the reasons I decided 18 years ago that I could no longer be a Republican. I was ashamed and embarrassed to be in the same political party as someone as vile as he. Racist, anti-Semitic, and spiritually ugly right down to his core, Buchanan represents everything that is worst about modern American conservatism. And, btw, I am a white male who doesn't whine about being a victim, as Klansman Pat does constantly.

Posted by: J. Miller on July 15, 2009 at 5:42 PM | PERMALINK

Why doesn't Pat just come out and say what he really wants: RAHOWA.

Posted by: kc on July 15, 2009 at 5:44 PM | PERMALINK

this kinda race-bating is, in my opinion, the number one reason the gop lost the under 30's 2 to 1...and the college educated outside the south...and numerous midwestern suburbs...

Posted by: dj spellchecka on July 15, 2009 at 6:13 PM | PERMALINK

And boy, does all this stuff turn off women. Women. Not Latina women, or Asian women, or black women, or white women. Many women really don't care for this orchestrated combination of snide racism and sexism. The patronizing tone coming from some of these people is really too too much. And I've spoken to some older fathers who have daughters around the age of Sonia Sotomayor. They are not amused.

Posted by: lisaintexas on July 15, 2009 at 7:16 PM | PERMALINK

Yeah, Buchanan forgets that for every white southern male who switches R via race baiting, another white male or woman switches against and not just that fractional average minority member. Pretty sick, and for awhile I was giving Pat B a break since he sounded independent and more ideologically sincere.

Posted by: delver on July 15, 2009 at 8:19 PM | PERMALINK

Republicans are working very hard to *make* the US Alabama. Or was it Mississippi? One or the other.

Posted by: stevenz on July 15, 2009 at 8:42 PM | PERMALINK

Yikes. What he is saying is that he believes the "white candidate" might one day have something approaching 100% of the white vote.

This is very dangerous territory and it might behoove us to relax that moratorium on Nazi/Hitler comparisons because that is exactly where these people would rather go than lose power.

Posted by: JTK on July 15, 2009 at 8:49 PM | PERMALINK

After reading this post earlier today, I happened to pass by a TV tuned to MSNBC, where Chris Matthews was hosting a discussion with Buchanan.

I stop to watch for a moment, and watched him complain about Sotomayor gaining entrance to Princeton: "She got a big scholarship and just rolled right into Princeton!"

Chris challenged his wording a bit and Buchanan responded with "She's a self-proclaimed child of affirmative action, just think of all those people with more qualifications who were passed over for a chance to enroll at Princeton!"

I don't know the details of her admission into Princeton, but by all accounts she distinguished herself during her stay, earning top marks and special (merit-based) awards.

I wanted to shout at the TV: "I never saw you sit there and complain about all of the qualified people who were passed over for admission to Yale so that one GWB could enroll. At least SS worked hard and made the most of her opportunity." GWB apparently partied hard, studied little, and got by with a 'gentleman's C', an unearned, passing grade based on his status.

So much right-wing commentary these days seems totally unmoored from principled argument, I would go crazy if I had to listen to the talking heads all day.


Posted by: JSN on July 16, 2009 at 12:08 AM | PERMALINK

"I don't know how bashing Sotomayor makes you more competitive in, say, Colorado or Oregon..."

The current Colorado GOP establishment is so whacked out that they earned a special mention in an article in the right-leaning British magazine "The Economist" before the 2008 election.

Over the last three election cycles, they've managed to lose the governorship, control of the State Senate and both U.S. Senate slots. Thanks to the stranglehold of Colorado Springs ("The Evangelical Vatican" where Palin had them cheering in the aisles) the party will probably be getting even dottier over the next few years and losing even more independent voters.

Posted by: Mandy Cat on July 16, 2009 at 9:38 AM | PERMALINK

Meanwhile, the Richmond Times-Dispatch gives an awkward "expression of regret" for its role in Massive Resistance.

Posted by: roy on July 16, 2009 at 10:41 AM | PERMALINK

Buchanan is a racist idiot? Color me shocked!! Somebody should remind him that if the Native Americans practiced what he preaches toward immigrants, he be sitting on his fat ass on some peat bog in Ireland, or he'd be in Australia trying to live down the fact that he was descended from an convict banished there by the English. The fact that he and drug addict Rush Limbaugh are the primary spokesmen for the GOP, and Buscheney their lastest executive team, tells you how far the party has fallen since the days of Lincoln.

Posted by: John Joseph on July 16, 2009 at 1:54 PM | PERMALINK

Buchannan's schtick is pretty simple:

Republicans spend alot of time worrying
about being victims, and/or becoming victims.
(they drive SUV's, to hopefully avoid car-jacking
and please don't even mention terrorism, boo!)

there are lots of historical analogies, I think.
the Serbs, f'instance, saw, and see themselves as victims, as did the German Nazi's.

That said, Pat Buchannan is more bark than bite.

I've known close relatives who were the spitting
image of Pat B.

There really isn't that much to worry on here, wrt. Pat B, except perhaps the tendency towards the cheap shot/cheap trick, and political expendiency. (Pat B was a Nixon aide after all)

As raised in earlier posts, it's likely that
Pat B knows personally almost noone who isn't white, and his racial opinions derive mostly
from naivete/ignorance.

But more to the point, I've seen such Buchannan types swivel around 180 degrees in political spectrum fairly easily.

It's the unlearned Sarah Palin/Huckabee (trailer trash) demagogues that we should be wary of ...

Posted by: Joe Bloggs on July 19, 2009 at 2:34 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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