Tag: racial fears

McCain Pouring Money Into Britney Ad

Ever since former President Nixon showed the Republicans how to exploit race and racial fears to win elections, the Republicans have been doing it. Reagan had the famous “welfare queen.” Now, Senator John McCain is showing footage of Senator Barack Obama with Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, two young and famous white women. Yes, the message of his commercial is about Obama being nothing but an empty suit, but there is a subtle undertone. (Where is Cleavon Little from Blazing Saddles?) It is clear that McCain is playing the race card. He is doubling down by pouring money into this ad.

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Jessie Helms Dies

I will have a lot more to say about Senator Jessie Helms later on this afternoon. Right now, I can say that Helms should be admired by all. Whether you believe in his politics or not, he did stand by his convictions. He also showed everyone what a determined senator can do. Think Progress points out that the former mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, Harvey Gantt, who ran against Helms in 1990, was defeated in part by a racially based advertisement which reinforced North Carolinians worst racial fears. From New York Times: Jesse Helms, the former North Carolina senator whose courtly

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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