Conservatives, be on notice. Any criticism of Obama, no matter how legitimate it may be, is going to be labeled racism.
I guess that's the big advantage for the left of electing a black president.
TEA Party? Racist. Opposition to socialism? Racist. Opposition to NaziCare? Racist. Opposition to Cap and Trade? Racist. Opposition to Cash for Clunkers, the Generational Theft Act, TARP, etc. Racist.
This tactic used to be effective. One case study is the 2006 Virginia Senate race, and the destruction of George Allen's re-election campaign. A presidential contender was destroyed by a leftopathic lie, despite the fact that the charge of racism was utter nonsense.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden's insult to Native-American people went unremarked and unnoticed in the MainStreamMedia.
The media has also ignored the real significance of the Obama Joker poster. It isn't racism. It's a sign of America's rude awakening. The poster showed that backlash against Obama's far left policies has begun. It is startling. Open mockery of Barack Obama, as disillusionment sets in with the man, his policies and the phony image of a race-healing, brilliant, scholarly middle-of-the-roader. Of course, the president's supporters have condemned the image, calling it mean-spirited and dangerous.
Mean spirited? Dangerous? Racist?
For eight years, we watched spiteful and malicious attacks on President George W. Bush. He was likened to Hitler. "Bushitler" was so commonly used, it became a cliche. Vanity Fair even published an image of Bush as ... The Joker.
No one said a peep. Not a word.
Instead, we were told that "dissident is the highest form of patriotism."
And indeed it can be. Unless you cross our Dear Leader, Barack Obama.
After eight years of Bush Bashing As A National Pastime and America Hating, the New York Time's opinion makers are warning about the "Dangers of Dissent." Bob Herbert warned about "right-wing hatemongers" and "gun-crazies." Frank Rich sounded the alarm about "far-right rage." Paul Krugman worried about the "rise of right-wing extremism." Charles M. Blow came out more or less openly for a police state: "Society needs to do a much better job of creating an environment where hateful beliefs are never ignored and suspicious behavior never goes unreported."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made it clear who these people have in mind when she lied outright about anti-Obama protesters, claiming that they're "carrying swastikas and symbols like that to a town meeting on health care."
The left employed swastikas for years against Bush. The right has never engaged in this. At leftist rallies for eight years, the hatred against Bush was pushed and promoted relentlessly. The rallies that were organized by the far left never hesitated to orchestrate the most vicious attacks on Bush. The Daily Kos and other left blogs went as far as to hope for, and in some places call for, Bush's assassination.
When one poster mocking Obama appears in Los Angeles - a poster that was not orchestrated, not part of any moveon.org strategy - and it's the shot heard around the world. It's racist. Is dangerous. It's hateful.
Under Bush, dissident was the highest form of patriotism. Now, dissident is dangerous. And apparently, it's un-American.