How Could Anyone Possibly Suspect Racism?

Among the many fine examples of Christ-like oratory we are hearing today as the Values Voter Summit picks up speed, this bit (reported by TPM’s Evan McMorris-Santoro) from Gary Bauer, whose rhetoric always brings to mind the sweet loving nature of Jesus, really gets me:

“There’s a lot of people out now around America who depend on checks from their fellow taxpayers being in the mailbox every day,” Bauer said. “They will turn out in massive numbers, but so will the entrepreneurs, the small businessmen and women, the military families, the soldiers in harms way, the millions of Americans that want to hope again….”

“My prediction is after all the votes are counted — even the dead votes of Democrats in Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland — I predict that we will win, that this nightmare will be over and America will finally be on the road to recovery,” Bauer said.

“Depend on checks being in the mailbox everyday…the dead votes of Democrats in Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland.” Who do you think he’s talking about? Social Security beneficiaries? Croatian-Americans?

I swear, anyone who listens to this kind of talk, which we’ve hearing for so many years, and then can righteously deny the GOP is appealing to racial stereotypes, is really just hopeless.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.