<a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/59124558@N06/7117016481/” title=”2012-Romney-campaign-sign by dengre.bj, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7102/7117016481_21b74f81f4.jpg” width=”500″ height=”162″ alt=”2012-Romney-campaign-sign”></a>
Mitt Romney is doubling down on his race-baiting dog whistle campaign. His latest code-talking theme is that President Obama wants to overturn welform reform and give the hard earn tax dollars of white ‘mericans to lazy negroes and mexicans.
It is total bullshit and Mitt’s welfare line of attack is an outrageous lie, but it gets a wink, wink from a lazy press too busy dreaming about shirtless men with zombie eyes passing out cat food vouchers.
And yet, the press is lazy, and so from time to time they forget to hide the racist intent of Romney’s latest ads. Take mini-Drudge Halperin as a case in point. This morning he reports on Mitt’s release of a second race-baiting welfare ad (emphasis added) :
Three factors that are likely encouraging the Republicans to keep on an attack tact that is factually questionable:
1. The Obamans felt it necessary to spend money on a response ad of their own already.
2. David Axelrod gets pretty heated discussing this issue — less like James Baker and more like Howard Dean.
3. Romney needs to dominate the white vote huge to win this race.
And how does a welfare attack help Romney “dominate the white vote”? Through the use of racist code-talking, that’s how.
It would be nice if the press would call out these appeals to racism as racism instead of winking at it as a smart horse race move for Team Wingnut.
That’s why this column by Dana Milbank over the weekend was encouraging.