MO ELLEITHEE, DNC COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR: I think, our continued outreach in the African-America community specifically–
CRAIG MELVIN [MSNBC]: Are those specific efforts appropriate?
ELLEITHEE: Look, do I think it is appropriate to constantly remind people how important it is to vote? How important it is to make your voice heard and remain engaged, and if you don’t you lose your voice…
MELVIN: Can you not do that without trotting out images of dead black teenagers?
ELLEITHEE: Look, I think there are a lot of important issues in the community that we are out there talking about. The DNC is running radio ads reminding people of the need to get behind the economic agenda that we’ve been pushing, so there are a lot of different mechanisms that we’re using out there.
“Mechanisms”. “Dead black teenagers” are “mechanisms”.
I understand wanting to win elections, but when you’ve sold your soul (pun very much intended), what do you have left?
Do we former Democrats have to be de-Democratized, as other monsters had to be deprogrammed before being released into society? I think Aggie and I are safe to be around, but there are some pretty unsavory types out there. You can spot them with their Elizabeth Warren bumper stickers.
PS: Or Landrieu:
“I’ll be very, very honest with you. The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans,” Landrieu said. “It’s been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as a leader.”
And Boston has? Howard Beach, Queens? What the hell is her point? You could throw a dart at a map of the US and hit a town that has known something like racism. Up to and including Harlem, I might add. It’s called being human.
PS: Besides, some racism is worse than others:
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has sparked debate this week with remarks he made during an appearance at Florida’s Palm Beach Atlantic University, debate which Noah Rothman observed is sometimes one-sided. On Wednesday morning’s NewsOne Now, however, host Roland Martin devoted two segments to Justice Thomas’ comments about race, and even agreed with him on the subject of white liberal racism in the North.
“The soft bigotry of low expectations” strikes again.
PPS: And speaking of low:
“If they were to hit 30 percent of the vote being African-American, they’re in the game,” Ralph Reed, the Republican political operative in Atlanta and longtime Christian conservative activist, says of the Georgia Democrats. “Anything below that, and they’ll lose. Anything above that, and it’s probably too close to call.”
To reach that threshold, Democrats in the state have gone nasty in recent days: They are stirring up racial fears in the black community, outraging conservatives and talk radio hosts in the state who call it racial demagoguery at its worst.
“If you want to prevent another Ferguson in their future,” reads one inflammatory mailer sent to black residents in the state. “Vote.”
The flier references the events in Ferguson this summer where a white cop shot and killed a black man.
Showing a photo of two children holding “Don’t Shoot” signs, the flier says: “It’s up to you to make change happen.”
Like the shopkeeper made change for Michael Brown? Oh wait, he didn’t. Brown shoplifted and physically intimidated the guy.