Republicans are (still) playing dirty

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by it5five, Oct 26, 2006.

  1. it5five macrumors 65816

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    I was listening to NPR this morning and heard about a TV ad the Republican National Commitee was running in Tennesee.

    Not only do they make pointless attacks at Canada, the ad suggests the Democratic candidate goes to playboy parties. And I thought it was impossible for the Republicans to get any sleazier than they already were.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15403071/
     
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    Meh.. It's Tennessee.. what do you expect? :rolleyes:

    While it didn't strike me as inherantly racist, I can see how it's an appeal to the white christian establishment there in the bible belt.
     
  3. it5five thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Apparently the RNC pulled the ad after it pissed everybody off. They replaced it with another attack ad against the Democratic candidate. The new ad is about how Ford supports "the abortion pill." Of course, being a RNC ad, they have no evidence of it.
     
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    doesn't matter. not only did they get their message out to the base, but media outlets nationwide aided in getting out that word.

    iow, it went exactly as planned.
     
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    I heard he worships the burrito and kisses hamsters after 6PM on Sundays. He's clearly immoral.
     
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    i saw that ad and i didnt think they were attacking Canada. The guy just said, "Maybe Canada will take care of NK, they're not busy." I may be missing something, but to me thats making a point that the US is capable of taking action and it should.

    Also i didnt find the playboy reference racist at all. Its an obvious attempt to pit the candidate against family values. But i like women of all races and maybe so does he. if anything i'd vote for him for that alone.
     
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    this is more of the nasty politics that Karl Rove types brought to the republican party to drive it away from what it was meant to be.

    I am more of a goldwater / libertarian type republican. A northeast type who wants to protect against big government, government spending waste. And thinks the govt ought to STAY OUT OF INDIVIDUAL ISSUES.

    it is crazy that the religious right has such sway and pushes an anti-abortion agenda. What about Deficit? Trade Deficit? Alienating nations around world?

    its disappointing. when Reagan was president, at least they had some bi-partisanship. today? none. very sad.

    I say the Republican leadership of today deserves to be sacked.

    And i'm republican... well sort of only in name i guess. not enough like me to make a difference these days.

    The religious right try and dominate the party.

    very strange, republicans today have more of what the democrats in the 1950-60's were like. and i hate it
     
  8. obeygiant macrumors 68040

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    isnt that scientology?
     
  9. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    no no..

    They worship the hamster and kiss the burrito after 5:30PM on Sundays.

    A common mistake.
     
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    I'm not doing anything this weekend. Want me to take care of North Korea?
     
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    Would you? That'd be a peach!
     
  12. Sayhey macrumors 68000

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    One doesn't use pictures of a seemingly naked white woman winking at the camera and asking the black candidate to "give her a call" without trying to evoke racists stereotypes. It is a direct call to Tennessee's white male voters to get to the polls and stop this black man from "messing with white women." It is outrageous and blatantly racist. The truly sad part of this is it might work.

    I see Corker has conveniently asked for the ad to come down (it has finally after a week of airtime been removed) which allows him to both benefit from the ad and distance himself from its use. Vintage Karl Rove.
     
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    Wait, I thought this was a radio ad. Is there a tv ad also?
     
  14. Sayhey macrumors 68000

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    click on the video link in the story linked in the OP. It is a MSNBC story on the ad in which they play the whole thing. There is also a radio ad in which every time Ford is referenced "jungle drums" play in the background. I'll see if I can find a link to that. Here it is (mp3 file.)
     
  15. bowens macrumors 6502a

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    I watched the video, but I didn't see anything racist about it. As an earlier poster said I think it's just saying that he won't fight for family values. Yes, it's kind of a low blow but it's no worse than I've seen from both sides here in Florida.
     
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    The use of a naked white woman suggesting a sexual encounter with a black man has no racial overtones to you? Well, I'm glad it doesn't in your world, but in the real world of 2006 Tennessee politics it is a blatant use of racial stereotyping and appeals to the crudest racist instincts of some white voters. Which is precisely the point of why the RNC ran this ad, to awaken its base of conservative - and, yes, in this case racist - voters to come out and stop Ford from winning.
     
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    I believe they used that because of his campaign contributions from people in the porn industry. I think some people are just over sensitive. Maybe I just don't see everything according to black and white. I don't care what color people are.
     
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    I'm not from Tennessee, but I am a white male voter who grew up (and still lives) in the South.

    I agree that it's just a tacky ad, but the first time that I saw the ad played on one of the cable news shows, I didn't pick up on the alleged racist overtones -- until one of the talking heads mentioned it. I thought they were just suggesting that this woman was one of the denizens of the Playboy party that he allegedly attended.
     
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    That's a good point. People don't think it's racist until someone else tells them it is. It's a stupid commercial, yes, and I don't like negative ads from either side, but I don't see any racism in it.
     
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    The reason the Religious Right dominates the Republican party is because America is a Christian nation. Our laws are based on God's Laws, which are infallible. If our laws are infallible, then there's no need for us to negotiate, talk with, or even tolerate dissenters and those who choose not to follow our lead, be they Kim Jong Il or Nancy Pelosi. We are right, therefore we are in power.
     
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    Well, clearly, some people do see racial overtones to the ad. I was just noting that that wasn't the particular attack that I thought they were going for.
     
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    The ad is not aimed at you. It is aimed at those, mainly conservative white men, who find the idea of a white woman having sex with a black man offensive. Would you deny that such voters exist in Tennessee, or other states - North and South - for that matter? It is sad that such views still exist, but even worse is the cynical use of racist themes to manipulate the fears of the ignorant.
     
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    At least the Democrats are getting freaky with people their own age.....
     
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    You cant expect the republicans to be talking issues or running on their Record? All they can do is sling MUD. And spin & Lie. Thats it. They have nothing else yet we still have mindless morons who will support this scum.
     
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    I thought this ad smelled of Rove. From CBS News:
     

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