From Pine View Farm

I Heard about This Last Night at Drinking Liberally (Updated) 3

No, racism has nothing to do with it.


Nothing at all.

You can buy these from (guess who?) the Texas Republican Convention.

(Aside: No, I won’t link to them. If you want one of these, you gotta go find it yourself.)

Republican Appeal to Racism

Via Sadly, No!

Addendum, 06/19/2008:

Steve over at ASZ has more. Follow the link for the full rumination (emphasis added):

The Texas Republican Party has banned a vendor at their convention. The vendor was trying to sell political buttons with bigoted phrases on them.


I suppose this is good news, that some semblance of control is being exercised over Republicans who can often be quite ugly. But I’m guessing they can’t control of all the Republican entrepreneurs out their (sic) who want to show their ugliness on their lapel buttons. I would argue Republicans created this ugliness with their concentration of wedge issues and their embrace of such talk stars as Limbaugh and Coulter. So let them live with it. I’d say most of America is tired of this sort of ugliness, and tired of the divisiveness that seems the only way the Republicans can work.



  1. Bill

    June 18, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    Following a September 2002 gubernatorial debate in Maryland, campaign workers for Democratic candidate Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (allegedly) handed out Oreo cookies – a not so veiled reference to Republican Lt. Governor candidate Michael S. Steele (an African-American).  While there is some disagreement about the particulars of what happened, AP reporter Tom Stuckey, who was at the event, said Oreo cookies were handed out.

    And I guess you must have missed this one:

    Two Muslim women at Barack Obama’s rally in Detroit on Monday were barred from sitting behind the podium by campaign volunteers seeking to prevent the women’s headscarves from appearing in photographs or on television with the candidate.

    Now that’s what I call “inclusion.”

  2. Opie

    June 18, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    After what Barack’s been through with his own party, I don’t think that button is going to exactly take the wind out of his sails.

    (And don’t be surprised if you see a black Obama supporter or two wearing the button between now and November. I would if I were one.)

  3. Frank

    June 19, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Marketing and racism are not the same thing.