Let’s imagine some horrible, possible, scenarios for the future. It’s 2012, Barack Obama is the Dimocratic nominee and Willard Romney is the Republican Party nominee. Barack Obama and his race-baiters pull the race card out of their dirty deck (as scheduled) and call Willard a “racist” and much of his campaign “racist” code. Willard’s church, the Mormon Church, with its actual history of racist exclusion of blacks is repeatedly raised by Obama’s henchmen. How does Willard Romney respond?
Next: same scenario but in this future the Republican nominee is Tim Pawlenty. Instead of the Mormon Church the Obama race baiters talk about “lily white” Minnesota and Pawlenty’s German mother. The race card is played – call Pawlenty a “racist” and much of his campaign labeled “racist” code. How does Tim Pawlenty respond?
Rinse, repeat the above scenario for every “establishment” candidate. Republicans/conservatives better know that the above scenarios are not conjecture, they will happen. Republicans/conservatives who trash Donald Trump either because he is an “outsider” not one of their own, or because they want a “real” conservative or “serious” candidate, or they are holding out for their favorite delusion candidate (think Paul Ryan, Chris Christie, Allen West, Jeb Bush, “Dark Horse as yet unnamed Ronald Reagan straw-stuffed superhero”), or simply because they don’t like the brash loudmouth from New York, better watch out - you and your preferred candidate will soon be a “racist” too.
Other than Sarah Palin (the Republican establishment hates her too and has already, possibly successfully but not completely yet, “trumped” her and turned her into a “not serious” candidate) and Donald Trump the Republican/conservative candidates thought of as “serious” will be successfully race-baited.
Willard Romney, to answer our earlier question, will make apologies for the racial history of the Mormon Church then proceed to promise never to question the wonderfulness of Barack Obama or the healthy wonderfulness of Obama’s policies – because “I Willard,er, Mitt Romney am not a racist and don’t want racist votes and I will campaign on the issues not personal attacks on Obama or any issue which could in any way be construed as racist and that includes calling Obama a celebrity wannabee do-nothing or questioning his wisdom on economic, health, national security, energy, golf, basketball, or any issue which could in any possible way be construed as racist or any personality or association which could be construed as race code or oh my gosh racism is just so bad and so out of bounds… and omg… only racists would mention black bees…”
Tim Pawlenty, again answering our own question, would have a wet noodle response that he himself would think was brutal tough. Pawlenty: “The political history of Minnesota has caused some concern and the allegation has been made that the state I come from is too lily white for me to understand the broad mosaic which is our diverse and wonderful country – but just because it is a white state and I am white and my mom, who died when I was sixteen, is from a country with a certain historical resonance I want to state with full vigor that I am not a racist and I deplore racists and racism and one of the first things I did to prove I am not a racist was to denounce birthers and others who question Barack Obama and let’s not forget that Minnesota elected white men like Hubert Humphrey and Walter Mondale and it has elected a lot of Democrats like them so Minnesota cannot be racist and I am not a Mormon and I will not do anything or say anything or racially code anything or imply anything that any of the many wonderful and serious Washington pundits could in any way be upset about and demote me from the “serious” category and everyone should be assured that I am not a Mormon and as everyone knows I am the safe and serious alternative to just about every other candidate and I too like that Mormon will not say or do anything which is or can in any way be construed as racist and further I will defend Barack Obama and his policies from any attack which serious men like Al Sharpton could in any way construe as racial or race code or in any way white or not approved by the open minded Washington wise men…”
There is a way for Republicans to answer the “racist” charge. We told them, how to answer two years ago – get the Hillary Clinton super-secret weapon. Donald Trump is doing exactly what we suggested – he is hitting back and teaching Willard and Timmy how to do it:Mitt Romney's already losing. He better learn how to fight or accept that he will be seen as a stuffed shirt and out of touch.
I don't know who I'm voting for because I don't know who is running. Cynthia McKinney might run and I would consider her in an instant. I know Barack's running and there's no way in the world I will vote for him.
Not today. Not ever.
On Morning Edition (NPR) today, Rene Montagne explained, "Buying a drink from a vending machine has been a solitary experience, but that could change. Pepsi is unveiling a social vending machine. It lets you buy drinks for other people. Here's how it works. You digitally enter the recipient's name, phone number and a message into the machine, and your friend can pick up the soda at any other social vending machine in the country. The kink right now is there's only one such machine. It's at a trade show in Chicago, so you and your friends will just have to gather there to buy each other drinks. "
I don't know that that impresses me.
You know what would?
A Diet Pepsi liter bottle that wasn't flat the minute I opened it. I don't even drink it because the quality's gotten so poor in the last two years. I open one up, pour a glass, taste it and it's already flat. There's no point. Might as well buy Diet Coke or Diet Dr. Pepper.
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