November 12, 2012

Washington Post: "Crosshairs" on the conservative white male

Columnist Courtland Milloy writes in the Washington Post:
What repels many of those potential recruits, however, is the perception, if not the reality, that the party roils with racial resentment. Why else would the GOP be so overwhelmingly white? 
It didn’t help matters, either, when Republican strategists unleashed ads aimed at whipping the party’s core constituency — aging, right-wing, non-college-educated white men — into a racial frenzy with “dog whistle” warnings that a black “food stamp president” was out to get them. 
The “Bubba strategy,” as President Obama supporters called it. 
On Election Day, Bubba went whole hog for Republican contender Mitt Romney, only to be vanquished by a multiracial, mixed-gendered groundswell of voters. In the aftermath, the conservative white male was placed on the politically endangered species list — the crosshairs on him now.

You may remember back in January 2011 when Sarah Palin was widely castigated for running ads during the 2010 House races saying various Democrats in marginals seats were in the "crosshairs." But, that was wrong for Palin to do that because she is a conservative white male, and they deserve what's coming to them. Whereas Courtland Milloy is only about 3/4ths white, so he's A-OK.

56 comments:

Anonymous said...

Apparently only whites are capable of racial resentment. Who knew?

Of course no racial resentment went into non-whites' overwhelming support for Obama - much higher than white support for Romney. It was just diverse people being beautiful.

eah said...

But, that was wrong for Palin to do that because she is a conservative white male,...

As I've observed in the past, you are not usually one to correct errors, even obvious ones that others point out, on your site. But perhaps you should do so here.

Anonymous said...

Duh, you could post a new post every second of every day covering the double standards in the liberal media.

Anonymous said...

The Bubbas deserve what's coming their way. Unfortunately, many of 'em will die before they face the full brunt of what they helped bring about, by continuing to support the GOP in lock-step. They had their chances to save the nation and their kids, but they preferred wars, American Exceptionalist Jack Kemp b.s., Dispensationalism, welfare for old people, and plutocratic friendly tax codes to citizenism and protecting the border and putting the US first.

They never bothered to educate themselves on the issues or the candidates, and just like a sucker who buys a crappy or over-priced product because he didn't do the research, they got nobody to blame but themselves.

One wishes there would be a way to separate the country, and watch the Bubbas go down with the diverse, debt-ridden democracy promotin' ship from a distance. Other than self-imposed exile or the ability to tolerate SWPL neighbors in a pricy, protected locale, there isn't too much else to do.

This isolationist, closed borderist got no pity or sympathy for Bubba.

fnn said...

You can see the same thing in media coverage of Greek politics. Greek leftists throwing firebombs burn down
a bank building burning three workers to a crisp and it's, "Nothing to see here mate, move along now." Then a Golden Dawn guy throws a glass of water in the face of a Stalinist sow and it's sign of an impending Holocaust.

Noun said...

I think Palin is a female....

Anonymous said...

Republicans are trying to obliquely counter the obviously bigoted and racist attacks and criticism of liberals and their helpers so as to not receive the "racism" tag. But it does not work because the left sets the tone of the debate, the framework, and they decide at will who they consider a racist or not. They only way to counter this is to get down and dirty on the mat and have enough stamina to sit out the media fallout. Eventually the media is going to give up when it realizes it cannot sustain a political campaign against 50% of the population indefinitely, especially if they make up the milk cows. But this requires leadership in the GOP, which will then encourage the rank and file to resist the labeling head-on and talk the dirty talk which the Dems either imply or do straight out.

fondatori said...

Actually conservative blue collar white males did not turn out in the midwest, which explains at least partly why Romney did so bad in that area. The Obama people were using crude terms like 'economic patriotism' that worked (never to be followed up by actual policies of course).

AMac said...

"Republican strategists unleashed ads aimed at whipping the party’s core constituency — aging, right-wing, non-college-educated white men — into a racial frenzy with 'dog whistle' warnings that a black 'food stamp president' was out to get them."

Living in a Deep Blue state, I saw virtually no TV advertisements for either candidate. Apparently this experience was shared by many voters.

Courtand Milloy presumably lives in Washington DC, where he would have seen the media buys for the Northern Virgina market.

Can iSteve readers who live in a "competitive" media market comment on Milloy's characterization of Romney ads?

I notice, too, that Milloy is vague as to whether he's discussing ads by the Romney campaign, or anti-Obama/pro-Romney ads produced by Citizens-United third parties.

Milloy's omission of anti-Romney/pro-Obama ads is a dog-whistle confirmation to the WaPo's SWPL readership that their champion maintained his purity during the electoral fracas. As expected.

rightsaidfred said...

Again, we are lectured by someone with an exquisite knowledge of who's who, whom's whom, who is what race, what they are doing wrong, what the "dog whistles" are, etc.

And he knows how to use it to his advantage.

Anonymous said...

These whining kinds of posts are what annoys me about your blog. Of course libs suck. So what? Now what?

Anonymous said...

white men are going down!

middletowner said...

I love it. Let the haters rub it in. What was truly dangerous in the past was the hidden nature of anti-white hate. Saul Alinsky rules for radicals trick. And so, whites never understood the full extent of Jewish and black hatred against us.

Now, the haters are coming out of the woodwork and having a VJ day. We get to see them for what they really are.

Whites have long wanted to believe that non-whites love them. It was naive hope. Now we know better. Look at Jewish Bill Maher say Republicans react to Obama win like a black guy f---ed their wives.
This is the real face of how most Jews feel about whites.

And turncoat whites like Clintons and Kennedies are preserving their own WHITE ELITE privilege by stabbing non-elite whites in the back.
We need a new acronym like 'nam': 'new', meaning non-elite-whites. We need a 'new' consciousness.

Gop pandered to elite whites but not only failed to win them but also lost the 'new' in the bargain. It's losing two birds with one stone that fell back on the head of the thrower.

Hail said...

"the conservative white male was placed on the politically endangered species list — the crosshairs on him now."

(Excuse me for saying so, but) This really, really sounds like something out of 1930s Germany, in an NSDAP-endorsed paper. Just replace "conservative White male" with "Marxist Jew", though -- of course.

Anonymous said...

the real problem is they own the media arts journalism academia primary education local government. we are more or less a herd [band,troop?]species and can be easily manipulated. to wrest control of these institutions would take a counter counter revolution thing is its not working not only do they have first mover advantage secured all the talent a simpler message for the low IQs but now they are moving to close off the freedoms they used subvert the culture. sure at a certain point they will have to show their hand but recent public glimpses seems to have engendered little comprehension on the masses. if we are not willing to go to a hot war we can only circle the wagons in litle enclaves and stand on things like states rights for a while until the end comes. i never would have guessed even four years ago Americans character had been so radically changed though Mark Steynes description of Scotland was chilling

Hacienda said...


"This is the real face of how most Jews feel about whites. "

HUH???

Anonymous said...

Are the people that don't realize the Palin is a white male was a joke the same people who write comedy gold after some of Steve's less inspired offerings. I liked it Steve even if it wasn't intentional.

Anonymous said...

"But, that was wrong for Palin to do that because she is a conservative white male,..."

eah:"As I've observed in the past, you are not usually one to correct errors, even obvious ones that others point out, on your site. But perhaps you should do so here."

Steve's making a joke, people.

Anonymous said...

"The Bubbas deserve what's coming their way. Unfortunately, many of 'em will die before they face the full brunt of what they helped bring about, by continuing to support the GOP in lock-step. They had their chances to save the nation and their kids, but they preferred wars, American Exceptionalist Jack Kemp b.s., Dispensationalism, welfare for old people, and plutocratic friendly tax codes to citizenism and protecting the border and putting the US first."

Blaming Bubba is either vastly more idiotic than the mean Bubba IQ or transparently disingenuous.

Anonymous said...

3/4ths white is 100% black, silly. Elizabeth Warren can be all white and still be a Native American, so 3/4ths ain't nuthin'. Mulattoes are the most dangerous type of negro because they combine white intelligence with black ruthlessness. Obama is the kindler, gentler face of mulatto power - the next one will be more like Malcolm X.

Anonymous said...

Steve made a joke about Sarah Palin being a male. Please try to keep up.

Anonymous said...

"...the crosshairs on him now."

Speaking of dog whistles, that sounds like a relatively low frequency call for genocide to me (though as nearly all, plausibly deniable). Someone needs to collect these and remember who wrote what when the time comes for Nuremburg-style trials.

Anonymous said...

A huge difference in context there (rendering the latter use far worse, imo: with Palin's use, there's contests between office-holders and office-seekers, hence, "being in the crosshairs" is more justified as figuratively meaning something akin to "gunning for his seat" than saying a whole category of voters is in the crosshairs. WTF is that supposed to mean? It's hard to construe any meaning other than literal warning or threat.

beowulf said...

"But, that was wrong for Palin to do that because she is a conservative white male"

That's not your mother, its a man, baby!
http://youtu.be/WgOIEGz7o_s

What tripped Palin up with using crosshairs was that one of her congressional targets, Gabrielle Giffords, was soon after shot in the head (by a crazy guy with no connection to the conservative movement).

ben tillman said...

What repels many of those potential recruits, however, is the perception, if not the reality, that the party roils with racial resentment. Why else would the GOP be so overwhelmingly white?

Unbelievably stupid. An obvious alternative is that members of other races are teaming up against Whites.

pat said...

Before black opinion makers get too triumphalist about the last election they might want to ponder the demographics of Oakland.

In Oakland it's all about altitude. All the blacks are down in the flatlands. All the whites are up in the hills. All of our celebrated crime and violence are down low. All the taxpayers are up high.

This divide is getting more dramatic. Periodically the government proposes another ballot measure to raise taxes. These measures are essentially schemes to send money down the the hill.

Black adult unemployment is about double that of whites. Many of the employed blacks are government workers - which is much the same thing.

It's moving closer every year to something like the Eloi and the Morlocks - but in reverse.

In any case it's - to use the environmentalist lingo - unsustainable. No one down below pays income taxes. They get welfare, food stamps, and housing subsidies all of which are provided by the gainful exertions those of us higher up the hill. Blacks live at the pleasure of whites.

We are headed for a tax reveolt - or secession - or race war. Take your pick. The present situation is about as stable as the Hayward Fault.

Albertosaurus

Anonymous said...

If we can prevent amnesty, Puerto Rican statehood and increased legal immigration, the G.O.P could possibly make some headway in 2016, if they actually changed their policies to appeal to whites as a whole, not just white elites.

Adopt a states rights attitude towards abortion and gay marriage and stuff and adopt a Pat Buchanan style economic policy designed to appeal to less affluent whites economically, while not advancing the welfare state.

Because remember, in 2016 there probably won't be an attractive, well spoken (people have weird taste) Mulatto running for president on the Democratic ticket. They just don't have anyone like that lined up. That means that minority turnout will be down a bit.

The GOP won't go that route though.

Mannerheim said...

As modern political rhetoric goes that is fairly inflammatory, but it is nothing on Moldbug's old favorite "Shortest-Way With The Dissenters", which calls on the people to "root out the contagion" with a "rod of iron", to "pull up this heretical Weed of Sedition", and of course to "CRUCIFY THE THIEVES". They didn't have realtalk bloggers back then but I guess anonymous pamphleteering was the next best thing.

Anonymous said...

But, that was wrong for Palin to do that because she is a conservative white male,...

eah, Noun not getting the joke. Come on you guys!

Anonymous said...

"the real problem is they own the media arts journalism academia primary education local government"

At least James 'stream of consciousness' Joyce is with us.

Anonymous said...

'NEWs' and 'LEWs'. LEW for liberal elite white. We must combat the Lewish folks.

Anonymous said...

"I think Palin is a female...."

She's a bimbo and I don't like her, but she had more balls than most white male politicians who are pussies.

Anonymous said...

"They only way to counter this is to get down and dirty on the mat and have enough stamina to sit out the media fallout."

No, the thing to do is to finally take off the gloves and spell out WHO OWNS THE MEDIA!!!
It's not Angry white males with all the power. It's the ____s. Take a wild guess.

Rohan Swee said...

[The Bubbas] had their chances to save the nation and their kids, but they preferred wars, American Exceptionalist Jack Kemp b.s., Dispensationalism, welfare for old people, and plutocratic friendly tax codes to citizenism and protecting the border and putting the US first.

They never bothered to educate themselves on the issues or the candidates, and just like a sucker who buys a crappy or over-priced product because he didn't do the research, they got nobody to blame but themselves.


You mean, all those white guys voted out of ignorance, inability to grasp what would really be in their, and the nation's, long-term interest, and for whoever pushed their emotional buttons?

Alas, I'm afraid my campaign to repeal female suffrage is not going to be the panacea I thought it would be.

Auntie Analogue said...

Mr. Sailer, "because she is a conservative white male" is a deliciously sarcastic turn of phrase. Pity that some of your readers' literalism moved them to have missed your, shall we say, tart-tongued barb.

Of course the Left is so hell-bent on its double standards that it has established in law and in policy, and seeks to establish further, forms of what it claims to hate most: apartheid.

Rohan Swee said...

AMac: "Republican strategists unleashed ads aimed at whipping the party’s core constituency — aging, right-wing, non-college-educated white men — into a racial frenzy with 'dog whistle' warnings that a black 'food stamp president' was out to get them."

[...]


Can iSteve readers who live in a "competitive" media market comment on Milloy's characterization of Romney ads?


I don't watch TV, so I didn't see any ads, but since Milloy, and every other liberal commentator, has recycled these claims pretty much verbatim in every election cycle since 1980, I think we can conclude that they don't tell you much about the actual content of Romney's ads.

(Who was it that originated the quip, "If you can here the whistle, you're the dog"?)

Anonymous said...

Palin used reticle which was inconsiderate but the democrats only used crosshairs which is perfectly acceptable.

Anonymous said...

Uhm, referring to Sarah Palin as a "white male" was ironic and intentional. Read it again in context with that in mind.

NOTA said...

So, if you were trying to bring about the dream of white nationalists, wouldn't you run exactly this kind of piece in the mainstream news? I mean, I expect the people writing them really don't want white racial identity to become a focus for political and social organization, but they could hardly do more to foster that goal if they were taking pointers from Jared Taylor.

One of the keys to Obama's success was that so many whites wanted to see him succeed--especially in his nomination and election in 2008, when he was really not seasoned enough for the job. Our country has a truly ugly history of black/white relations, blacks are still doing worse just about everywhere, and it was genuinely exciting to see him win and feel like maybe we'd put a big chunk of that ugly history behind us. Parsing the election results in terms of "finally, white men will be put into their place" is the best way possible to see to it that this won't happen again.

The MSM are not centrally managed, however much they tend to live in very narrow ideological bounds, and this is an easy sort of piece to write, and is red meat for a certain subset of their readers. So it's going to get written. But I doubt that many of the writers have any desire at all for the sort of political change they're working to bring about right now.

If Obama is smart, he will go out of his way to counteract this crap. Like most politicans, he seems better at media messaging than at governing, so maybe he will even realize this and do the right thing. But I doubt it--I suspect it's part of the payoff for many of his supporters.

Anonymous said...

Next time, use Ann Coulter not Sarah Palin, and get more laughs.

Anonymous said...

More annoying - people not getting joke or people explaining joke? Tie.

Freddy said...

"We are headed for a tax reveolt - or secession - or race war. Take your pick. The present situation is about as stable as the Hayward Fault."

Actually, people have been saying similar predictions about the state of the US for at least a century. Unfortunately, even though it feels unsustainable and feels like it must come to a boil, that surely whites will only put up with so much, it doesn't mean that it will. Whites in several countries in Africa let it go to the point where they were driven from their homes, raped, looted, pillaged, killed, etc. Look also at how whites in the US continue to be kicked out of cities into suburbs, into other cities, out of places their ancestors built. Increasingly more and more basic rights- association, free speech, etc are taken away. They increasingly work to pay for benefits for minorities. And they are still by and large split over whether they should vote for Obama!

stari_momak said...

I went by our local Veterans memorial today. Three kids, all white judging by their names (virtually no blacks here), have been killed in the lastest wars. Out of a population of 30,000. That makes 1 in 10,000, or .01 percent. We have substantial populations of Asians and Latinos. But only white kids killed.

Nationally, I figure that our casualty rate is .0023%. My fairly well off mostly white, republican voting California community has a casualty rate 4 times the national rate.

Yet we are demonized/

Mr. Anon said...

Some enterprising organization like that of James O'Keefe could do a lot of good by recording what various members of the Democratic party think about their fellow coalition members: What blacks think about jews, what jews think about blacks, what jews think about gentiles, what labor union members think about homosexuals, what teachers think about blacks, what blacks think about homosexuals and vice versa.

Hail said...

Albertosaurus wrote:
"No one down below pays income taxes. They get welfare, food stamps, and housing subsidies all of which are provided by the gainful exertions those of us higher up the hill. Blacks live at the pleasure of whites"

According to the Wall Street Journal, between 1985 and 2005, California added 10 million people, but added only 150,000 net income tax payers. Imagine that.

"We are headed for a tax revolt - or secession - or race war"

I am imagining future scenarios, and it occurred to me today that California [which is in serious economic trouble, is a Democrat-lock and a one-party state now, and may be 75-80% Nonwhite among under-18s in the mid-2010s] (and, say, South Florida, South-Texas..?) could be expelled from the union at some future date, which would help. Is there any historical precedent for a nation expelling a constituent region?

Hail said...

"I went by our local Veterans memorial today. Three kids, all white judging by their names"

Interestingly, according to this, 750 Blacks died serving as American soldiers in World War I. 116,500 total American soldiers died.

Thus, despite being 11% of the American population in 1910, they suffered a mere 0.6% of deaths. They were mostly not allowed to see combat, of course.

Redmond Joint said...

"We are headed for a tax reveolt - or secession - or race war. Take your pick. The present situation is about as stable as the Hayward Fault."


Looks like your prediction is on its way to coming to fruition- Texas just had a critical mass of petitioners requesting for secession surpassing 34,000 signers such that it requires a response from the White House, and a flurry of 21 other states followed (but lacked the critical mass)

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/12/15117305-petition-for-texas-to-secede-from-us-reaches-threshold-for-white-house-response?lite

Of course the libtards downplay it, but what pct of people even knew about the petition, and how many interested parties actually signed? This represents the tip of a much larger iceberg of citizens being fed up with the state of the Union.

They're going to have to respond to this. They can't keep denying that alot of people just aren't drinking the koolaid. As the saying goes,"We are living in interesting times.."

Anonymous said...

@Rohan Swee "You mean, all those white guys voted out of ignorance, inability to grasp what would really be in their, and the nation's, long-term interest, and for whoever pushed their emotional buttons?"

Exactly, the mouth-breathers seem to be far more concerned with the fate of Poland or Tel Aviv than domestic demographic concerns. When they are concerned about domestic stuff it's always in a shallow, President-as-daddy who can fix everything way. As if the President can undo decades of deindustrialization and mass immigration. I'm not making excuses for Obama, he's awful. But this situation was a long time coming. And where was the Tea Party?


They are easily swayed by emotional appeals and propaganda. They have no problems throwing good money after bad down a 3rd world hole, provided the guy doing it is somebody like Dubya, who knows how to manipulate them. They have no problems with a party that gives pride of place to somebody like Joe Lieberman, because he likes things that go boom! boom!

For all the foaming at the mouth they do about Obama and his hatred of the white man, how many of them are aware of the policies of the Bush Justice Dept, as mentioned by Steve in another post? How many are aware of the suit against the NY Fire Dept? Where was the Tea Party when that stuff was going down? How many know Nixon signed Affirmative Action into law and Gingrich protected it? Indeed, how many are aware of Reagan's Amnesty?
How many of them are aware of the Bush apology tour in Africa? How many of them are aware of the close ties between the Bush family and the royal house of Saud. You know, the people who like to think of us as their blue-eyed slaves, the people who had absolutely nothing to do with a black sheep like Osama.

Yeah, Bubba deserves what he's gonna get. He had his last chance with R. Paul and he chunked it, laughing at the little pip squeaks who backed Paul the whole time. The problem is future generations don't deserve this. If only there was a way to limit the pain to Movement Conservatives of the so-called Greatest Generation, Silents and the Boomers.

Anonymous said...

"We must combat the Lewish folks."

It was only a matter of time before the LEWish question was raised.

ben tillman said...

They are easily swayed by emotional appeals and propaganda.

Right, and it's impossible for that to be their fault. So you're misdirecting your emotions. The people making the emotional appeals and propagating the propaganda are the bad guys. You're blaming the victims.

Anonymous said...

@Ben Tillman

Of course it's their fault, in the same way a 16 year old who get's herself in the family way, cause she wasn't using her reason is to blame.

Sure the lowlife who seduced her is to blame, but it takes 2 to Tango.

If we are going to make excuses for these people, to the extent that we absolve them of any role in their downfall and ours, not treating them like adult citizens, then be done with democracy and self-determination, call 'em serfs and rule 'em for their own good.

The serf thing is extreme, but there's a bit too much of this excuse mongering on the alternative right for the so-called "salt of the earth types" who are just as guilty and as supportive of the system as any SWPL social worker. People talk about all those white kids who died "serving" their country. Whose interests were they advancing? And during the Bush years there was a lot of this white man's burden rhetoric throughout the GOP, not just the neocons, about defending Afghan girls, helping Iraqi waifs, and giving those poor people democracy.

Until such time as the white working class boycotts the military (i.e. advancing the schemes of the M. Albright and S. Rice's of the world) and the system, they have nobody to blame.

I'm jumping on Bubba, but the so-called undecided, "independent" voter (suburban I'm guessing), the sort high-lighted in a Fallows piece in the Atlantic is as bad and as deserving of what comes. Same for "security" moms.

Rohan Swee said...

ben tillman: Right, and it's impossible for that to be their fault. So you're misdirecting your emotions. The people making the emotional appeals and propagating the propaganda are the bad guys. You're blaming the victims.

I guess I was too subtle by half with my gentle jibe directed at the "SWFs are the Root of All Woe" branch of political theory.

Matthew said...

"California...could be expelled from the union at some future date, which would help. Is there any historical precedent for a nation expelling a constituent region?"

It gets to be that bad, we will be expelling people, not states. Besides if it does get that bad many of the people giving California grief will have already decamped to other states and started causing problems there.

FWIW, I don't think expelling people is the answer. I think driving down their birthrate by cutting off welfare is the correct solution, then passing laws that encourage and reward middle class fecundity. Take the long term view.

And how to reduce welfare spending? The GOP needs to become the pro-balanced budget party. Instead of voting for tax cuts, insist on tax increases for every increase in spending. Want a new, $400 billion entitlement? Add a new tax increase to pay for it. Voters with jobs will revolt.

Dutch Boy said...

Not enough Bubbas are listening to the dog whistles or buying the fake social issue stuff the Republicans throw at them anymore. Until the Repubs drop the libertarianoid economic ideology they push, they're toast.

Anonymous said...

Courtland Milloy is also a liar.

Romney ran so far from anything that could be remotely described as racist that it probably cost him the election.

Seriously -- name a single vaguely racist thing the Romney campaign said (and please note, I said Romney campaign, not some blogger somewhere).

ATBOTL said...

"The Bubbas deserve what's coming their way. Unfortunately, many of 'em will die before they face the full brunt of what they helped bring about, by continuing to support the GOP in lock-step. They had their chances to save the nation and their kids, but they preferred wars, American Exceptionalist Jack Kemp b.s., Dispensationalism, welfare for old people, and plutocratic friendly tax codes to citizenism and protecting the border and putting the US first.

They never bothered to educate themselves on the issues or the candidates, and just like a sucker who buys a crappy or over-priced product because he didn't do the research, they got nobody to blame but themselves.

One wishes there would be a way to separate the country, and watch the Bubbas go down with the diverse, debt-ridden democracy promotin' ship from a distance. Other than self-imposed exile or the ability to tolerate SWPL neighbors in a pricy, protected locale, there isn't too much else to do.

This isolationist, closed borderist got no pity or sympathy for Bubba."

Not enough has been written about how support for the Iraq war was like cult of mass hysteria among non-liberal white males, especially in certain parts of the country.