Some Might Call It “Racism”

Apparently, in the U.S. Senate race in Kentucky, it is incredibly important to point out that Mitch McConnell’s wife, former labor secretary Elaine Chao, is “Asian,” and therefore, allegedly, “not from” Kentucky.

To call this kind of rhetoric “nauseating” is to understate matters, of course. The state Democratic party has rebuked Kathy Groob, the operative who made the remarks. I would like to think that the rebuke was sincere, but I wouldn’t be in the least bit surprised if Groob was told to make the statements and take the professional hit in order to make racism work for McConnell’s opponent. And God help us all if that kind of tactic becomes part of standard operating procedure in politics.

Comments

  1. Let’s not get to paranoid. No political organization is going to deliberately order an operative to make racist remark to somehow move the bar. Idiot said idiot thing, got slapped down by less idiotic idiots. End of story.

    • What you say is entirely possible, but so is its opposite. Do you have any evidence for your claim?

  2. Pre-Clinton and pre-Obama, it might have been reasonable to assume that somebody got carried away and did something stupid. Now, however, there is very little that you can safely put down as being “beyond” the Democrats.

  3. Was Idiot fired for saying idiot things? If not, then it was planned. If fired and rehired with raise in pay,then it was planned. If fired and unemployed by Democrats forever, then it was not planned.

    I know which I would bet on.

  4. If I were going after her ‘not from around here’ status, “she’s a New Yorker” probably would have been a better choice. It might actually turn off more people from Kentucky too.

    So, yeah, racism.

    It would probably be a good idea for her Wikipedia page to get spruced up with some Kentucky ties. Likely it could be done truthfully.

  5. Whether or not the offender was an idiot, this was racism. However, for most Democrat voters, this will not matter because they will never hear of it.

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