MSNBC has launched an all out campaign to make being a Republican equivalent to hate speech. Rachel Maddow calls it the “scaring white people” strategy. Keith Olbermann decided that Muslims are the new… gays?
DAN SAVAGE of THE STRANGER to KEITH OLBERMANN: Will they ever run out of people to hate and to campaign against and to vilify? They can‘t run on their economic record. Whenever the Republicans are in charge, they drive the car into the ditch, as President Obama is running around saying.
So, they have to hate and they have to stoke hate to drive voters and to scare voters, to scare their evangelical white Southern shrinking base to the polls.
The occasion of this outburst was the so-called “revelation” that former RNC Chair and Bush campaign manager Ken Mehlman is gay. (In other news, Barry Bonds used steroids.) Keith Olbermann opined that Muslims are the new gays, who were the new blacks—though in a later surreal segment he would say that “federal bureaucrats” are the new… whatever.
OLBERMANN on MEHLMAN: He was widely praised for acknowledging and regretting the Republican Southern strategy, which, of course, stokes white racial hatred and particularly fear against blacks to turn out the white vote, ‘60s, ‘70s to some degree, maybe the ‘80s, maybe the ‘90s.
We now know he was saying this at the same time that he has executing the same strategy, just a different target group: gays. And now, he wants Americans to vote for the party that is currently doing the same exact thing, using the same exact strategy, with a new fill in the blank, only it‘s… more Muslims.
I wonder if either group will appreciate the comparison.
Keith Olbermann will froth at the mouth like this over conservatives– and 70% of Americans– questioning the appropriateness of a Mosque near Ground Zero; but just try to find a clip of his outrage at the execution of homosexuals in Muslim countries.
Why? Because he can’t use that as a club against his domestic political enemies, so it is irrelevant.
As Bruce Bawer points out in his great book, While Europe Slept, there is really no comparison between Jerry Falwell “not wanting me to marry,” and proponents of Sharia Law who believe he should be stoned to death.
Which means that Olby, who is certainly smart enough to grasp this concept, is faking his outrage. This is merely an excuse to bash Republicans as “haters,” and hope his audience lives in enough of a leftist vacuum to take it at face value.