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Do GOP Base Voters See Ron Paul’s Racism As A Bad Thing? Probably Not.

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 29, 2011

If you’re part of the reality-based community and you’ve been following politics in America for the last decade or so, then you likely knew about the Ron Paul newsletters — and their bigoted contents — well before establishment Republican media outlets dredged them up again to lob at him. (The first time they were dredged up, it was lefties who did the dredging.)

You will notice that while the establishment GOP’s favorite mouthpieces and megaphones have been taking about the newsletters to anyone who will listen, Ron Paul’s Republican rivals generally aren’t touching them. (Bachmann’s the only one to actually do so; Romney, on the other hand, would not even when a reporter offered him the opportunity.) Instead, they’re largely attacking him as being “dangerous” on foreign policy (which is their way of saying he’s against the Iraq and Afghanistan wars).

In other words, most of the other Republican candidates know full well that racism is not considered a bad thing by most GOP base voters. After nearly half a century of the corporate-bigot alliance that is the GOP’s Southern Strategy, the Republican base sees bigotry not as a bug, but a feature.

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Why It’s Hard To Trust Local Establishment Media Reporting, # 1238798: Their Brodkorb Addiction

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 29, 2011

As Javier Morillo Tweeted:

To MN Reporters allowing @mbrodkorb to go on the record for everything BUT – is he peddling any stories about GOP enemies when you talk?

Well, is he? Old media hand Nick Coleman sure thinks so.

Being that opposition research is Brodkorb’s stock in trade, and how he was able to have the local press corps eating out of his hand for so long, the only reason that makes sense for their reticence — especially with Koch herself, Brodkorb’s former nominal boss, admitting to it — is that they don’t want to piss off a voluble source, especially if there’s any chance he might have some dirt on them.

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