Uppity Nigger Faggot Pimp

No, I’m not talking about me. I’m talking about the picture that the National Republican Senatorial Committee is trying to paint of Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. with their new attack site. The name says it all: Fancy Ford.

It’s the kind of thing that has to be seen to be believed.

Fancy Ford

There are, of course, the usual racist overtones and stereotypes as Jesse Berney points out taking particular notice of the “line of white women” on the front page. Ladle that on top of the bit about Ford’s attendance at an NBA All-Star event featuring Biz Markie and what you have is a warmed over version of “that uppity nigger’s after our women” that will play well among the target audience in Tennessee. (And, no I’m not saying that the entire population of Tennessee is racist, but if “Fancy Ford” gets them riled up and the sheet fits …. well, that’s not my fault.)

girlyman.gifOf course, the NRSC doesn’t stop there. They’ve got to call Ford a faggot too, but with what counts as subtlety on their part. It bleeds through a little bit during the hackery over the NBA All-Star event, when the writer wraps it all up with “I bet the party was fab-ul-lous.” (Though if “fabulous” is the mark of faggotry, the NRSC better check out how many times “fabulous” has flitted from George W. Bush’s lips.) But the full-on-but-thinly-veiled faggot baiting is saved for the bit about Ford getting a pedicure.

When Fancy Ford’s dogs are barking, he heads to his neighborhood day spa where he is a “regular” customer and the owner says “he always gets pedicures.”

Nothing says “faggot” like a guy getting a pedicure, ’cause everyone knows that real men don’t get pedicures. And this Ford guy got one. He probably puts on a clean pair of socks every day too.

Boil it all down to gravy, and what you have here is a rather unsophisticated attempt to label Ford as an “uppity nigger faggot pimp” which goes down with an aftertaste of cognitive dissonance (“faggot pimp?) you have to be pretty dumb to miss. The beauty part is that it just might work because, as Matt points out, the Liddy Dole and the NRSC are simply playing to the basest of their base. Even state level Republican lawmakers are getting into the act, forwarding emails bashing Katrina victims.

A Loveland lawmaker has been blasted by his colleagues for e-mailing an essay written by someone else that accused “welfare-pampered blacks” of waiting for the government to save them from Hurricane Katrina.

Rep. Jim Welker, a Republican, said Thursday morning that he forwarded the article because of its message about society victimizing people by making them dependent on government programs.

He said he didn’t agree with everything in the essay.

One passage says, “President Bush is not to blame for the rampant immorality of blacks.”

House lawmakers – black and white, Republican and Democrat – expressed outrage that Welker would forward such an essay.

And why not? It’s been known to work. It worked for Dole’s fellow (former) North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms — the one who still defends his defense of segregation — and for Bush Sr. with their famous TV spots starring Willie Horton and a pink slip.

The growth of divisive, partisan politics has spawned politicians who “pander to the lowest common denominator of education,” [Keith] Akins says. He points to two memorable campaign ads — the famous George Bush “Willie Horton” ad, which showed a black man exiting a revolving door as a metaphor for the failing judicial system, and a 1992 Jesse Helms anti-affirmative action TV spot showing a pair of white hands receiving a pink slip.

Nevermind that the whole thing is a rather weak attempt to distract from any number of Republican corruption scandals. Abramoff and DeLay alone would make just about anybody else look like a choirboy. But a weak attempt is all it takes to buy off weak minds, and secure their support for a little while longer. So, I can’t blame Republicans for trying. But I will blame the Dems if they let Liddy Dole’s “high tech lynch mob” (to borrow a phrase from Justice Thomas) get away with it.

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2 Responses to Uppity Nigger Faggot Pimp

  1. The Republicans love retaliating against those who speak out against their failed choices by viciously and falsely attacking those people.

    This is yet another example of that.

    However, they are not going to get away with it this time.

    Harold Ford Jr. represents a better future for all Tennesseeans and the Republicans know that.

    Attacks like these on the Congressman will not stand because the people of Tennessee’s desire for change carries far more weight than any attack the Republicans can issue.

  2. SteveS says:

    They accuse him of lavishly living off the backs of the common man. So what are they doing, trying to paint him as a Republican?

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