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December 5, 2007

Not So Subtle

Following up on Paul Krugman's column, from Media Matters via Digby:

Follow Your Instincts, by digby: Sometimes you have to see it to believe it:

LIMBAUGH: Here's [caller] in Lake Orion, Michigan. Thank you for calling. ...

CALLER: Hey, Rush. ... I talked to you once before. ... I know I'm no expert in foreign affairs, but what really confuses me about the liberals is the hypocrisy when they talk about how we have no reason to be in Iraq and helping those people, but yet everybody wants us to go to Darfur. I mean, aren't we going to end up in a quagmire there? I mean, isn't it -- I don't understand. Can you enlighten me on this?

LIMBAUGH: Yeah. This is -- you're not going to believe this, but it's very simple. And the sooner you believe it, and the sooner you let this truth permeate the boundaries you have that tell you this is just simply not possible, the better you will understand Democrats in everything. You are right. They want to get us out of Iraq, but they can't wait to get us into Darfur.

CALLER: Right.

LIMBAUGH: There are two reasons. What color is the skin of the people in Darfur?

CALLER: Uh, yeah.

LIMBAUGH: It's black. And who do the Democrats really need to keep voting for them? If they lose a significant percentage of this voting bloc, they're in trouble.

CALLER: Yes. Yes. The black population.

LIMBAUGH: Right. So you go into Darfur and you go into South Africa, you get rid of the white government there. You put sanctions on them. You stand behind Nelson Mandela -- who was bankrolled by communists for a time, had the support of certain communist leaders. You go to Ethiopia. You do the same thing.

CALLER: It's just -- I can't believe it's really that simple.

[...]

LIMBAUGH: Right. That's exactly right. You've got it. You've got it. Now you just have to believe your own instincts from here on out.

I'm sure I don't have to point out that there are no elected Democrats who "can't wait to get us into Darfur" unless you consider Joe Biden's passionate outbursts about Darfur in the debates to be proof of such a thing. In fact, Darfur is a human tragedy of epic proportions ... and pretty much nobody, certainly not the political class of either party, is much interested in it. So let's just set that aside.

The hideous, racist assumptions in that little "analysis" are so blatant that it's startling, even from the disgusting Limbaugh. The charge that African American voters vote on the basis of African politics is so bizarre I don't even know how to deal with it. And anyway, even if it were true, the fact that the Republicans ... insisted on supporting apartheid until the bitter end would likely have been the motive, especially since those same Republican[s] ... couldn't stop talking about welfare queens and running their political campaigns based on thinly veiled racist attacks. While I'm sure black Americans care about Darfur and South Africa as much as the next decent human being, they know very well that the Republican party is filled with ... haters like Limbaugh who despise them. Voting for the Democrats isn't really that complicated in light of that.

And apparently, the only reason he and his ... listeners can imagine that anyone would oppose apartheid in South Africa or be horrified at the genocide in Darfur is their own craven political interests. I'm afraid that says more about him than it does about Democrats. ...

Look for more of this over the next few months as the Republicans make their case against "the Bitch," "the Black" and "the Breck girl." Limbaugh and Coulter and the boys will do this kind of crude dirty work for them, but there is going to be an awful lot of it that's way more subtle.

Yes, it's really going to be this bad.

"you get rid of the white government there. You put sanctions on them. You stand behind Nelson Mandela -- who was bankrolled by communists"

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