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Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Nativist Americans

Orcinus has a typically-thoughtful piece up about Tom Tancredo, the heir to the Millard Fillmore crown of fear-mongering and thinly-veiled race baiting. Dave, however, thinks that instead of the hapless Fillmore, Tancredo is more reminiscent of Barry Goldwater, mounting an insurgent, below-the-radar campaign that resonates with a certain segment of the electorate but is missed by the elites. I have actually been surprised at how poorly Tancredo is doing, given the hide-under-the-bed fear levels the rapidly-dwindling GOP base has about the Horde of Brown People. Maybe he is positioning himself for a surprise showing in Iowa, but then again maybe it's because the other candidates don't mind exploiting this issue a little themselves and they all have way more money.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous dave said...

I'm kinda curious to see what new boogeyman the Hysterical Right is going to bring out for '08. After gay marriage and illegal immigrants, I'm thinking they'll maybe go retro and demonize African Americans in an effort to get back some of the Hispanic vote.

Not the Orcinus Dave, by the way.

7/18/2007 12:49 PM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

The classics never go out of style...

7/18/2007 5:13 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

"I'm kinda curious to see what new boogeyman the Hysterical Right is going to bring out for '08."

That's easy: Hillary.

7/20/2007 12:58 PM  

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