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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

It Begins

posted by on March 4 at 12:21 PM

You think the “color-balancing” controversy is bad (in this instance, I actually think Obama just looks sort of gray and sickly, but whatevs)… Check out this clip of Rush Limbaugh, who laughed loudly when a caller said Obama reminded his daughter of Curious George, the cartoon monkey. Limbaugh later apologized, saying he had never heard of Curious George. Uh-huh.

Via Pandagon.

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Bush resembles Curious George more closely, and his name is George.

With a little color balancing HRC might resemble Kali

Posted by kinaidos | March 4, 2008 12:27 PM

There's a series of books by Pat Bagley that depict George W. as "Clueless George" and Dick Cheney as "The Man in the Yellow Hat". I have "Clueless George Goes to War". It's hilarious and incredibly depressing at the same time.

Posted by Cori | March 4, 2008 12:30 PM

Because Republicans are predictable racist tards, the Clintons are thus justified in behaving the same.

Did I understand that correctly, Erica?

Posted by ru shur | March 4, 2008 12:36 PM

I think a lot of Hillary Clinton's mockings of Obama's rallies--especially when she inexplicity starts putting on a contrived folksy accent while she does it---is worse! Those negroes sho' know how to preach and shout put on a good show don't they!!

Posted by jason | March 4, 2008 12:37 PM

Republican race baiting is exactly what we want and why Obama is the better candidate. It will haunt the Republicans for generations as diversity increases.

Savage can tell you because he was there, but somebody on Bill Maher trotted out a poll that said that 6% of Americans had trouble voting for a African-American and 12% had trouble voting for a woman - probably another 10% have Clinton issues. I know you ladies have trouble with math, but Obama needs to be the candidate ECB.

Posted by left coast | March 4, 2008 12:47 PM

The most optimistic (and barely so) way to look at this election is perhaps we can turn it into a giant festival of Racism, Sexism, and Ageism and get our shit all out in the open and deal with it and hope it doesn't destroy us.

Posted by Andy Niable | March 4, 2008 12:48 PM

Bush is all yellow hat and little monkey beneath.

I doubt it, @6.

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 4, 2008 12:49 PM

...and as a holdover from 2004, throw homophobia into the mix...

Posted by Andy Niable | March 4, 2008 12:50 PM

I agree with Left Coast up above. I WANT the GOP to go racist on Obama in the general election: THAT will totally destroy the GOP for years to come. And all that on the heals of Katrina?

GOP = Last Refuge of the KKK

Posted by Andrew | March 4, 2008 12:50 PM

You know, if Rush didn't try to apologize, I think the comment would've gone unnoticed.

Posted by Bont | March 4, 2008 12:52 PM

If I say "Don't nominate a woman because the wingers will make sexist attacks on her" then I'm cynically exploiting the sexism of others for my own benefit. I'm taking advantage of the patriarchy without taking the blame for it.

But if ECB tries to undercut Obama by saying the wingers will make racist attacks on him, that's different. Different rules apply...

Posted by elenchos | March 4, 2008 12:55 PM

I think Erica is merely refocusing her outrage on the Republican Right, on behalf of Obama this time. I don't see what y'all are in such a twist about. Remember, the game isn't over when the Democrats finally choose. I really, really hope Obama supporters can get it together to oppose McCain, and lay off of Clinton, once the nomination is secure. I have my doubts....

Posted by Fnarf | March 4, 2008 12:59 PM

@10--i sense NOTHING will go unnoticed in the first full-fledged YouTube-Era presidential election.

@12--the shrill people in both Obama and Clinton camps may make all the noise right now and hence get the notice, but there are plenty of loyal Democrats and concerned Independents, all disgusted with what the Bush era did to this country and the world, and who can get together against Grampa Munster. At least I have the audacity to hope so...

Posted by Andy Niable | March 4, 2008 1:12 PM

it's okay to think bush looks like a monkey since he's white but it's WAY OFF LIMITS to think obama looks like a monkey because he's black.


Posted by ho hum. | March 4, 2008 1:19 PM

I agree that the GOP/Limbaugh going racist on Obama will hurt the GOP and help Dems for generations to come--even if its harmful this election cycle. The USA is becoming less and less white and the Dems are ready to embrace that with open arms. As "Whistling Past Dixie" made the case, the GOP ghetto-izing itself as a Southern Whites only party helps Democrats in the West where the huge population growth is.

The GOP going sexist on Hillary is expected, but they can always explain it away as mere anti-Clinton bias (even though there is a nasty misogynistic edge to it). Republican women seem to be perfectly fine being anti-Hillary Clinton and wear it as a badge of honor, they don't fear their party becoming anti-woman because they are continuing 16 years of longstanding Clinton-bashing.

Posted by Jason | March 4, 2008 1:20 PM

Ho hum: Bush doesn't look like he's a monkey because he's white, you moron. He looks like a monkey because he has a prognathus jaw, low forehead, a deep brow ridge, close-set eyes, a stupid facial expression, copious body hair, and a tiny, tiny penis. Monkey traits.

Posted by Fnarf | March 4, 2008 1:43 PM

@8 - but GWB is our first gay President ...

... oh, wasn't I supposed to admit that?

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 4, 2008 1:49 PM

fnarf: it's okay because he's white, not he looks like a monkey because he's white, you moron.

Posted by ho hum. | March 4, 2008 2:07 PM

Maybe its the ears, not the skin color...

But Rush and the GOP are racist slime, of that there is no debate.

Posted by tiptoe tommy | March 4, 2008 2:23 PM


beat me to it.

Posted by Rotten666 | March 4, 2008 2:37 PM

the GOP merely has to poitn out the real negatives Obama has based on true and accurate facts.

Like: he has close family members who are foreigners. Sorry but that's enough to turn off loads of Americans.

OR: he said what foreigners think about USA policy is important in making USA foreign policy. Many Americans can be made to freak out at something like that.

OR: he was a close buddy for 17 years with a guy who appears to be a total crook.

OR: he said he would meet the Pres. of Iran in the White House with no preconditions.

OR: he's a super liberal and got 100% liberal rating recently.

OR: a Canadian consulate stafferwrote that the Obama high level campaign aid said his talk on Nafta was just for political purposes.

Who would fool around with crude racist stereotypes when there is a wealth of true and accurate material to blow him away with?

We WISH the attacks were crude racist gibes, easily pounced on with full media condemnation, gibers that will backfire easily.

Dream on. They won't be.

Posted by unPC | March 4, 2008 2:39 PM

Very good points unPC. I guess saying that we'll be in Iraq for 100 years will be tough to attack. Oh yeah, most Americans love torture. How will we ever beat a guy who's 75 and agrees with everything the WORST PRESIDENT EVER does? Talk about your chimp boys?

Second, the Repubs may not need to resort to racist attacks, but they aren't going to be able to contain the vitrol that some uppity n____ thinks that he can run for President. Savage goes a little high drama on the possibility of assination, but Obama's Presidential run is going to drive some white Republicans over the edge. Fa' show.

Posted by left coast | March 4, 2008 3:16 PM

Great that your preferred candidate and Rush Limbaugh are using similar tactics (on top of Bill's Jesse Jackson comment, and Hillary's "as far as I know" he's not a Muslim, and the Muslim emails and pictures sent around by her campaign, not to mention the less-racist dirty tricks like the red phone ad). Like I've been saying, Hillary can't win without dragging this campaign into the mud-- and without superdelegate help-- ruining the party's chances in the general election in the process. And she's totally willing to do that. How anyone can support Hillary now baffles the mind. It's disgusting. If you're trying to imply that Limbaugh is somehow worse, you're way off base. He's expected to be a racist, mudslinging blowhard. What would you say, Erica, if Obama came out with an ad that said "It's three AM, the phone is ringing in the White House, but the president doesn't answer because she's on the rag."? You'd go apeshit, of course. Yet somehow Clinton supporters overlook this race baiting as "strong campaigning" or "neccesary politics." I don't want to hear any complaining from Clinton supporters about president McCain.

Posted by Mr Me | March 4, 2008 5:33 PM

It begins? Because this is the season's first racist attack on Obama? Please.

Posted by Em | March 4, 2008 8:16 PM

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