Democratic strategists realize using the sluggish economy, convoluted foreign policy or the unpopular new health care law as campaign positives won’t be happening in this year’s election. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has found her own method of ugly campaigning to avoid those issues by insinuating that “some” Republicans are racists.
On Monday she was accused by a leading black Republican strategist of attempting to start "an ugly race war" in Congress. Ron Christie, a former member of Vice President Dick Cheney’s staff, writing in The Daily Beast said Democrats will "stop at nothing to consolidate their perks and power, by smearing Republicans and by accusing them of being racist."
Christie, who is the author of "Cynical Race-Baiting Will Fail to Save Democrats," went on to say, “Their latest ploy? Republicans must be racist for resisting calls by the Democrats and President Obama to pass comprehensive immigration reform."
It seems the ugly word ”racist” is seen by Democrats as the paralyzing word to halt free speech and change any discussion that is not going their way. Christie was referring to Nancy Pelosi’s statement last week where she said Republicans didn’t want to make immigration a campaign topic in the House because of racism, according to Politico.
Christie, the CEO of Christie Strategies, a communications management firm in Alexandria, Va. and professor at George Washington University noted that Pelosi’s comments were quickly followed by more outlandish remarks (see video) from Democratic New York Rep. Steve Israel, head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
"What makes the comments of Pelosi and Israel particularly reprehensible is that they offer no evidence of such scurrilous accusations," Christie said. "This November I predict the American voters will render judgment on Democrat attempts to divide the country on racial lines in a cynical attempt to cling to power. By seeking to exploit our ugly past with racial bigotry for political advantage, Democrats should be prepared to have their proverbial chickens come home to roost."
More memorable than Christie’s remarks were those of George Will on “Fox News Sunday." He said, "Liberalism has a kind of Tourette's syndrome these days. It’s just constantly saying the word racism and racist."
The American people can decide whether these tactics work come the fall election.
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