Playing the race card didn’t work for Dukakis, either.
Recharged the battery for Blaska’s e-bike last April so maybe this mid-October day, with sunny skies and temps predicted in the upper 60°s F, it’s time to take it out. Think we’ll start out — wait a second, we’re detecting a dog whistle!
Yes, definitely, a dog whistle!
Oooh, it’s LOUD!
Legs are twitching, trigger finger getting itchy!
Someone light the tiki torches!
If you hear the same dog whistle, you’re a conservative Republican like the Squire. It’s telling us to be afraid of crime! Not to welcome crime. Not to excuse it away as the natural result of Covid pandemic lockdowns. Or paltry teacher pay hikes. Or the failure of Biden’s original Build Back Better.
Can. Not. Resist. Dog whistle!
Must. Be. Afraid.
Whew! We’re like baseball outfielder Reggie Jackson in Naked Gun. “Must. Kill. The Queen.” (Sorry, someone beat you to it.) (Too soon?) At least, according to a scribbler out of Philly named Will Bunch in Sunday’s Wisconsin State Journal.
Want to get published in our favorite Madison WI morning daily newspaper? Write a hit job on Sen. Ron Johnson, R-WI. Go ahead, resort to every tired cliché and open-sourced Democrat(ic) party talking point. They’ll print it! Will Bunch even recycles Willy Horton because — demagoguery alert! — RACE CARD!
Not only is Sen. Johnson Republican, he is also, Bunch reports, lamentably WHITE! Whereas Johnson’s Democrat(ic) challenger is black. Not just black, but “Young, gifted, and Black.” (He capitalizes, we don’t.)
Someone dug out a faded, 40-year playbook and found their old box of racist dog whistles. The GOP is partying like it’s 1988 — the year that scary pictures of a felon they called Willy Horton … If you lived through that 1988 presidential race … or just know how the inertia of American white supremacy generally flows, you won’t be surprised to learn the … GOP strategy still works.— Will Bunch, “GOP parties like it’s 1988“
Milwaukee is on track to break last year’s record high for homicides. That the overwhelming number of them are black on black crimes matters not to the progressive hack. That the district attorneys in Milwaukee and Philadelphia follow the Chesa Boudin example of San Francisco — depopulate the prisons. Doesn’t matter.
“Milwaukee's soaring homicide rate renews debate over cash bail. The city is experiencing the biggest increase in shootings in the country, according to a mid-year analysis of 24 large cities.” — Time magazine.
Johnson Republicans, Bunch bellows, are stoking “a toxic mix of crime, fear, and straight-up racism to scare white middle-class voters about a rival who in this instance happens to be an African American.”
Why else would Republicans picture Barnes with “three women of color,” Bunch asks, who happen to be the far-left progressive darlings, aka “The Squad”? Never mind that Barnes is openly auditioning to join their ranks. (“Barnes reckons with his liberal past.” — Washington Post.) Criticize a black person (we do not capitalize “white,” so why …) and be served the race card.
→ It just happens to be true. CNN reports: “Mandela Barnes has signaled support for removing police funding and abolishing ICE – despite his ads claiming otherwise.”
Progressives need never contemplate why anyone — even clueless Mike Dukakis — would free convicted murders for a weekend on the town. Not when the Race Card is played face up!
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Sorry, Bunch, your race card has been declined for lack of funds. As for the State Journal, please report this as an in-kind campaign contribution to the Mandela Barnes campaign.