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Mitt Romney and the GOP have decided that a race baiting campaign is their only possible path to victory. And so they are fully committing themselves to running the dirtiest campaign in modern American history.
The idea is to use code talking to call President Obama a nigger over and over again. To hear Mitt tell it, President Obama wants to end the work requirement to Welfare to shore up his base of minorities always looking for a handout and that he force the creation ObamaCare to steal health care from older white Americans just to give FREE health care to lazy brown people who did not work to earn it. It is all a pack of lies, but so what. We are in a post-truth era where Team Mitt is convinced that they can always lie without ever paying a price for it. After all Harry Reed said something about Mitt not paying taxes, so it all balances out.
Still, many folks have been calling Team Mitt out for it (here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here for example–sadly there are many, many more). But fact checking and pointing out that Mitt is lying does not matter. In fact, it just convinces the Wingnuts that race baiting is a winning strategy.
And perhaps it is. Throughout American history blatant appeals to white racism have won election after election. Even with a major demographic shift underway, the wingnuts are hoping that the most shameless political tactic of all has one more victory in it.
White folks of a certain age are very likely to buy into the race baiting. And these racist citizens of wingnutopia are responding to Mitt’s Ni-CLANG! strategy. Over at GOS, Mets102 wrote about one of these wingnuts posting the above image to facebook. The image is a modified version of the famous “HOPE” poster of 2008. Romney-Wingnut-Luntzian-talking-points inspired this update of the image–now with a noose around a dead Obama’s neck and the words changed to “ROPE”.
Change.org has started a petition asking Facebook to take the image down. You can add your name to it here.
This is the kind of bold hatred and racism that Mitt Romney has decided he needs to embrace as his only pathway to victory. Unlike McCain and even George W. Bush, it is clear that Mitt Romney has NO redeeming qualities what-so-ever. He is just a complete asshole. Full stop.
UPDATE: In a bit of good news, Mets102 is reporting that facebook (or the wingnut poster of the image) has taken the image down. Still, it would be good to sign the Change.org petition. Mitt’s race baiting campaign will produce a lot more of these kind of images (many will be sought after souvenirs in Tampa). The image is disturbing, but it is a predictable result of the campaign Romney and the GOP have decide to run.