Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Conservatives Pulling the Racist Card

NLS has a post on a press release by Michael Meunier , saying that Vivian Watts is a racist due to a mailing she did. Meunier says that in the mailing she refers to herself as "one of her own". As I said on NLS, I disagree with Democrats try to say they are persecuted by Republicans based on race, and in this case I disagree with Meunier. Meunier says "She is clearly trying to play the race card and the anti-immigrant card." I wonder Meuniers position on the Herndon Day Labor Center. Come on Republicans.......


At 9/27/2005 09:51:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fact is that Vivian is trying to say "he's not like us" when she refers to herself as "one of our own." Classic dirty politics on Vivian's part.

At 9/27/2005 10:18:00 PM, Blogger criticallythinking said...

Maybe someone could tell us what "one of our own" actually means, so we understand why it isn't an appeal to some characteristic.

At 9/27/2005 10:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd have to see the mailer - and see who the mailer was sent to - in order to have any judgement on whether this was "racist".

I mean, did she send it to all women, or all democrats, or all older folks. Then, "one of our own" would have NO racial undertones, in my opinion. (It would still sound boorish, though.)

If that tag line just stands on its own and went to every Tom, Dick and Harry - well, then that may be a different matter altogether.

At the very LEAST, it was a poor choice of words.

At 9/27/2005 10:36:00 PM, Blogger too conservative said...

The choice of words was perfect by her in the political sense.
Living close to D.C., I am sure she can play off of Michael Meunier being an immigrant from the Middle East.

But why would Meunier sink to the level of Jesse Jackson to attack her as a racist?

At 9/27/2005 10:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because she was dumb enough to try and take votes away from Meunier by saying he's not like "us." If Meunier has brown skin, what the heck did she think was going to happen? Word in the 39th is that this was a direct mail piece, which went to the entire registered voter list.

At 9/27/2005 10:58:00 PM, Blogger too conservative said...

I think a mail piece like that, send out to all her constituents , who were impacted directly by 9-11 was an astute political move.

Yes, she was probably playing on Meuniers appearance, but I am sure Meunier hasn't been all sunshine with her.

People try and play the game, then when race is brought up, yell racism, and try to get out. That's not how its done.

If what I am hearing is true, and she did mean to send this piece out, what she thought would happen, is exactly what did.

Still, in my eyes Meunier looks like a poor sport. In my book:DO NOT PLAY THE RACISM CARD.
...and as a REPUBLICAN...?

At 9/28/2005 09:17:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't have a problem with ANYONE "playing the racism" card IF it is absolutely certain that it was racist. If, in context of the mailer and the distribution, it can have no other connotation than "Vote for Me Because I'm White" - then this is racist. And anyone should be called on it. It is absolutely disgusting.

Without seeing the mailer, I personally cannot make the decision that it was racist.

Unfortunately, far too many things are called racist that are NOT. That diminishes the validity of those things that are. And I don't think anyone, of any party, should be afraid of standing up and saying, no dammit, this is wrong and it must stop.

Why, TC, do you disagree with Dems saying they are persecuted on the basis of race IF in a particular instance they ARE being persecuted?

I can't believe you think this was an "astute political move". If it meant "avoid the foreigner", then I think it was a horrible thing to do - beneath contempt.

I've got a whole new perspective on this blog owner now that I know he thinks specifically targeting someone's race as a valid campaign issue is "okey dokey".

At 9/28/2005 09:49:00 AM, Blogger James Young said...

I think the mailing's reference could be about race. There are plenty of good old boys in Virginia who are racists and Democrats. After all, the Virginia Democrat Party was the leader in "massive resistance."

I was somewhat (but happily) surprised that Lee Stoffregen didn't try to play the race card againt Glen Hill in 2003's Sheriff's race. A generally well-informed colleague of mine who voted for Hill didn't even know Hill's race. It certainly would have resonated with a certain cohort of Stoffregen's base to do so, and I said after the fact that it was admirable (and said something praiseworthy about the County) that neither man made race an issue.

At 9/28/2005 12:47:00 PM, Blogger too conservative said...

I never said the mailer was okey dokie.
It was a shrewd move.

As far as the race card goes, I believe many people try to bring racism up, when it is not present.

Racism is not okay, but too many people play it up, and I am sick of it.


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