3 Blunt Political Ads for Dems

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three spots:  Dead or Alive, George Allen Doesn't Know War and Time for a Change.  

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Racial Politics This Week -- A Roundup

My fortune cookie last night: "The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance."

Racism is rooted in ignorance. That is its only power it will ever have. Those who use racism to manipulate the masses will find a shrinking pool. That's because the hip-hop generation isn't just black. It's all colors. We are the first generation in America that did not experience a segregated world. We see things differently. Even Strom Thurmond figured this out. Can the rest of the Republican party?

Just in time for Halloween -- Jesus' General ridicules the fear of miscegnation the RNC tried to exploit. Boo!

The big story this week: the negative ads Bob Corker is running against Harold Ford in the TN Senate race. Progressive blogs across a broad spectrum weighed in on the "bimbo" ad and the "tom-toms" ad -- like Arianna Huffington, Jerome Armstrong, Steve Gilliard, Oliver Willis and others here, here, here and here. Corker must be seriously desperate if he and the RNC have to resort to some people's fear of "race-mixing". It's so bad that people in other countries are talking about it. Tennessee Guerilla Women has the international coverage. FYI, for minorities, it may be interesting to explore but ultimately it really doesn't matter if the racism is Southern or Northern-flavored. Whether it's overt or covert. It's binary -- on or off. It's not a matter of degrees. It's more like the proverbial iceberg: the part you can't see is usually a lot bigger than the part you can.

Racism is like smoking. What was cool in the 1920s and 30s is increasingly uncool today.

It's important to call out racism when we see it. Even racists like Kerry Healy with her "Inmates for Deval" cadre (consisting naturally of her own campaign volunteers) don't want to be tagged with the R word. Except for the hard-core white supremacists of course. Racism just doesn't play well in the suburbs anymore.

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Racial Politics This Week -- A Roundup

Yo, I heard it's said the revolution won't be televised
But in the land of milk and honey
There's a date you gotta sell it by
Otherwise it just expires and spoils....

The revolution's here
No one can lead you off your path
You'll try to change the world
So please excuse me while I laugh

-- lyrics from Talib Kweli's The Beautiful Struggle

Welcome to another look into the cross-section of race and politics in America. Things are getting down to the wire; the clock is running out on what we hope will be D-Day -- Democrats' Day -- on Nov. 7. Republicans are desperate and trying a new flava of fear -- instead of terrorism, it's fear of the brown, fear of the Other. Trouble is, this time, it's failing. People have stopped buying the Rethuglicans' bull and between Iraq, child sex predators, indictments and other assorted crimes and misdememors. Join the beautiful struggle and let's keep working towards a Nov revolution. Please excuse me while I laugh. --Jill

Lead Story: Tan Nguyen Gets His 15 Minutes of Fame

In the CA 47 race for Congress, Republican candidate tries to erode incumbent Rep. Loretta Sanchez's base by sending out a flyer to 14,000 Latino residents in her district that read in poorly written Spanish:

You are advised that if your residence in this country is illegal or you are an immigrant, voting in a federal election is a crime that could result in jail time, and you will be deported for voting without having a right to do so.

Nguyen quickly adopted the Hastert Defence: blame a staffer. He's been asked to withdraw by Orange County CA Republican party officials. But there's more to this story than meets the eye. Nguyen had been running on an anti-immigration platform and drew support from organized, "border security" racists on the fringe of the Republican party exemplified by Pat Buchanan. DailyKos Diarist Duke1676 has the best analysis on this I've read so far.

Meanwhile over at AsiansVote.com, they're encouraging local Asian Americans to do the right thing:

...the fact that [Nguyen's] campaign was involved eliminates him from any serious consideration by anyone with any commitment to democracy in America. Orange County readers, vote for Nguyen's opponent, Democrat Loretta Sanchez. BTW, Jim Webb's campaign has had its ups and downs with VA black folk(mostly up right now post-Barack Obama visit), but hanging out at AsiansVote.com, I learned Webb's got strong cred in VA's Vietnamese-American community. Also, Tammy Duckworth, Asian-American Iraq war veteran, got a big boost in her run for IL 6 with an endorsement from the Chicago Tribune.

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Behind the Tightening Webb-Allen Race: A Different Virginia

Webb keeps picking up momentum in his race against George Allen.  Webb's fundraising - a sore point early on - has been quite successful, and the DSCC has come into the race with a substantial buy.  And now Allen is up over Webb by only 49-47, which is within the margin of error.

Allen gets 49 percent, compared with 47 percent for Webb, within the 3 percentage point margin of error for the poll conducted over three days last week. With few respondents saying they are undecided and most seemingly locked in for their candidate, the poll indicates that the candidates' strategies for turning out supporters will be vital and that changes in the national political climate could tilt the outcome.

There are some interesting themes here.

1) Virginia seems to be two separate states, a mid-Atlantic liberal state composed of DC and its suburbs, and an Appalachian culturally conservative region which flows into the upper South.  The strategy of appealing to culturally conservative men in traditionally red areas of the state does not work.  Allen is leading Webb by 10 points everywhere but Northern Virginia, where Webb is beating Allen 56-42.  And among men, Webb loses by 12 points everywhere but Northern Virginia, where he beats Allen by 18.  It's ironic that Mudcat Saunders, the consultant who preaches Southern red state culture, is heavily involved with a campaign reliant on a liberal voting bloc to counterbalance his NASCAR voters.

2) Webb is weak among women.  Though Democrats usually find an advantage among women in Virginia, Webb does not.  Allen's ads have been effective here, but I would say that Webb's failure to effectively handle the issue is equally problematic.

3) The 'Macaca' moment was not the underlying reason for the shift away from Allen, with only 11% of voters saying that this was important to them.  This is a referendum on Iraq and Bush, within the confines of a state that is trending blue.  The 'Macaca' moment gave voice to the general dissatisfaction with the country, and highlighted Webb's ability to compete with Allen.

4) Webb is more than any candidate this cycle internet-driven.  From the draft movement that brought him into the race to his online fundraising to the Macaca imbroglio, the web has been critical to Webb.  Um.  Ok.  Sorry.  Obviously there's a whole bunch of targeting and field that has nothing to do with the internet, but Webb's campaign has some important lessons that we need to learn.

Virginia is going to be one of the first Southern states to fall to the Democrats on a consistent basis, because the North of the state is more similar to Maryland or any other coastal mid-Atlantic state than it is to, say, North Carolina.  Iraq is a clear signpost for these voters that the Republican Party is simply unacceptable, and as they increase their presence, Virginia will turn to the left.  I find it interesting that Webb's appeal as a former Reagan Navy Secretary isn't helping him in the most conservative regions of the state.  It's impossible to know, but his record as a conservative-sounding guy might be the bridge that liberal Northern Virginians need to move firmly into the Democratic camp.

Update: Kos says that Mudcat is supposed to keep Southern and SW Virginia close. Sounds reasonable.

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George Felix Allen's arrest record

Over at DailyKos, somebody -- apparently acting on tips from various people -- has gone to the Albermarle County, Virgina courthouse and found evidence of an arrest in George Felix Allen's past. The reason for the arrest is unknown, but that may change soon as more people join the hunt.

It could be for a traffic ticket.  It could be for domestic assault.  It could even be for somebody else with the exact same name as him.

As Peggy Noonan said, it is irresponsible not to speculate.

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