Just catching up on the latest in the efforts on the part of the conservatives to sow harmony and brotherhood among all Americans of every race and ethnicity.
First up is this ambassador of good will at a Romney rally in Lancaster, Ohio, on Friday:
Now I will give the Romney campaign the benefit of the doubt on the t-shirt guy; unlike the Bush campaign, they can’t control everyone that shows up at their rallies and police what they’re wearing, no matter how racist they are. And I seriously doubt that anyone in the Romney campaign is actively selling these t-shirts. When it comes to alluding to President Obama’s race, they’re a little more subtle. But not much.
For example, next up is South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, recently returned from hiking the Appalachian Trail, who tells Fox News what President Obama plans to do at the next debate with Mitt Romney:
“Obama’s going to come out in this case much more forcefully, and he’s going to throw a lot of spears,” Sanford opined. “And I think it’s very, very important that in this case that, you know, Romney stay focused on his vision for the country and stay focused on the things that, I think, matter most to people in this country, which is, where is the economy going, where are we with jobs, and what’s happening next on the debt and the deficit issue?” [Emphasis added.]
Yes, Mr. Sanford just called the President of the United States a spearchucker. And if you don’t think that he did it intentionally and that he knew he was tweeting his dogwhistle, then you’re as stupid and as racially insensitive as he hopes you are.
And to make it a trifecta, here’s Jason Thompson, son of Tommy Thompson (R-WI), speaking on behalf of his father’s candidacy for the Senate and making travel plans for Mr. Obama:
Jason Thompson, the son of former Governor and Wisconson [sic] Senate candidate Tommy Thompson, speaking this morning at a brunch attended by Tommy Thompson and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said that “we have the opportunity to send President Obama back to Chicago — or Kenya.” A woman in attendance then chimed in “we are taking donations for that Kenya trip.” A spokesman for Thompson did not immediately return a request for comment.
See, that’s supposed to be funny, but the Republicans really aren’t that good at comedy (see below) because they don’t get the essence of what makes something funny, or they think that just by putting a smile or a laugh on something cruel makes it humorous and therefore totally not racist. The art of comedy is knowing when you’re not funny at all. That’s a lesson these people have yet to learn.
HT to SFDB.