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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Karl Rove not even pretending GOP campaign isn’t all about race

Raw Story:

Republican strategist Karl Rove says that part of Mitt Romney’s plan to win the White House has to include getting “white Democrats” not to vote for President Barack Obama.

During a discussion with Politico’s Mike Allen on Monday, Rove made it clear that politics had actually become more racialized since the country elected its first black president.

“Obama has no chance of carrying Indiana,” the Fox News contributor explained. “I was having dinner with [Indiana Gov.] Mitch Daniels this spring, and I said, ‘Mitch, is there a white Democrat south of Indianapolis who’s supporting Obama who’s not a college professor in Bloomington?’ And he stopped for a minute over his green beans and says, ‘Not that I can think of.’”

“You know, Indiana’s gone,” he insisted, adding that North Carolina is also “gone” because “New South independents” — which The Atlantic‘s James Bennett says is code for “white independents” — and “racial moderates, economic conservatives, who in 2008 said this would be really good for our country, let’s put the issue of race behind us,” but now they are saying “we did the right thing” and the experiment failed.

WTF are “racial moderates?” Either you’re racist or you’re not. If you’re “in the middle” on the subject of race, you’re a racist. Sorry. Just not the goosestepping, Nazi-flag-in-the-living-room kind.

And this comes as the right freaks out over Chris Matthews calling out the GOP on their campaign of dogwhistle racism and denying they’re being racist at all.

Now here comes Karl with an update on how that campaign of racial division is coming along. Way to blow all the denials out of the water.

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