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01/19/2010

'Real' time with Lib marrers

by Jeremy Hooper

Regardless of where you stand politically, hopefully we can agree that this "real people" bullsh*t needs to end:

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Rally the Troops [Flickr: James Wellman]

It's nonsense that started forcefully with Sarah Palin in the summer of '08, and has been a running meme in most every conservatives' campaign since. Those who embrace it are undeniably dividing this nation, mindlessly shunning anyone who lives in any of America's greatest cities, has managed to earn a certain income, or who has obtained a certain top position as being a "fake" American. It's pervasive. It's divisive. It's damaging. And the Republican candidates who so regularly campaign in front of the "real people" banners need to be the ones to end it!

It's all very similar to the way the social conservatives have treated LGBT folks for the past many years, pitting us who happen to be of a sexual orientation or gender identity in one camp, and pitting "the people" in another. There is a through line here, with some implying that their sexuality, race, gender, geography, educational level, or career choice gives them some kind of birthright that millions of their other fellow citizens could never hope to match. It's not tough American pride: It's a weak, anti-American divide. And you have to ask yourself why they who so forcefully seize the moral high ground are so hellbent on cultivating a binational bisection.

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Your thoughts

Whatever happens in this special election and Brown ultimately wins, he is in a heavily democratic state and he will be judged more swiftly than when a democrat is in that seat. Just saying....

If I lived in Massachusetts, I would vote for Martha in a heartbeat.

Posted by: Sam | Jan 19, 2010 11:39:09 AM

It's truly ironic that a party of rich, old, white men have adopted (hijacked) a meme of "real" people. The thing that Palin did for them is increase their appeal to the intellectually disadvantaged who identify with her. Every election that has occurred since Obama's win has been labeled as a "referendum" on the Obama administration, by those who adamantly hate Obama... and by extension everyone who voted him in. Those previous "referenda" have not supported the notion that "the real people" have turned against Obama, so they have to manufacture (by getting a handful of losers with signs together) a lie that does.

Coakley made some missteps in this campaign, but so did Brown. Hopefully in the last few days, Coakley has been more effective at pointing out Browns.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Jan 19, 2010 1:30:00 PM

Notice how aside from one guy in the back with his face half-covered that crowd is entirely white? I'd bet money every single one of them is straight and christiaqn. THAT's what republicans mean when they say 'real americans' or 'real people'. White, straight Christians and no one else.

Posted by: penguinsaur | Jan 19, 2010 1:35:22 PM

And once again it worked!

Posted by: Alonzo | Jan 20, 2010 12:17:41 AM

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