Dog Whistles

by Sonny Bunch on September 17, 2012

Was Newt Gingrich’s comment about Barack Obama being a “food stamp president” a racist dog whistle? For chrissake. Of course it was.

Kevin Drum, “Newt Gingrich, the Yacht Club Candidate”

[Romney's] going to skate as close to the race line as he can while still retaining at least a smidgen of deniability about what he’s doing.

This, by the way, is the background behind Romney’s birther “joke” a few days ago. Under other circumstances, it might have been shrugged off. But Romney’s appeals to racial animus have been so obvious in other contexts that it’s pretty hard to watch the video and decide that this was truly an off-the-cuff remark that went awry.

Kevin Drum, “The Racial Tone of Campaign 2012 May Be the New Normal”

Ryan was moving his mouth, but the voice was the neocon puppet master Dan Senor. The hawkish Romney adviser has been secunded to manage the running mate and graft a Manichaean worldview onto the foreign affairs neophyte. …

Before he played ventriloquist to Ryan, Senor did the same for Romney, ratcheting up the candidate’s irresponsible bellicosity on the Middle East. Senor was the key adviser on Romney’s disastrous trip to Israel in July, when Mittens infuriated the Palestinians by making a chuckleheaded claim about their culture.

Maureen Dowd, “Neocons Slither Back”

There’s nothing anti-Semitic in Dowd’s column. She just doesn’t like neocons, and she doesn’t like the fact that so many of the neocons responsible for the Iraq debacle are now advisors to Mitt Romney’s campaign. Pretending that this makes her guilty of hate-mongering toward Jews is reprehensible.

Kevin Drum, “The Anti-Semitic Slur Surfaces Once Again”

“Oy” is right. Maureen may not know this, but she is peddling an old stereotype, that gentile leaders are dolts unable to resist the machinations and manipulations of clever and snake-like Jews.

Jeffrey Goldberg, “Happy New Year, Puppet Masters”

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