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Just as L'il Jimmy O'Keefe of pimp dress-up fame was rewarded with instant wingnut celebrity by Fox, conservative propaganda media and many Republicans, after he deceived viewers with his highly edited ACORN videos....so too, now, Andrew Breitbart.
Which proves that if you are a con artist, racist, deceiver without shame.....the Republican Party can raise money from conservative supporters of your celebrity status.
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has a party fundraising event coming up in August that is scheduled to feature a very special guest: Conservative media activist Andrew Breitbart, according to a copy of the invitation exclusively obtained by TPM.
Of course, the RNC can invite Beelzebub to be their featured opening night guest....you know, if they wanted. But what does Michael Steele's invite to Andrew Breitbart tell us about the Republican Party?
I think it tells us that acts of deception and the conservatives who carry those deceptions out, in this case a premeditated racist smear of a black woman, are regarded highly by the Republican Party.
Steele obviously thinks that Breitbart's presence will encourage many conservatives to show up with their wallets and checkbooks open.....simply BECAUSE Breitbart is the opening night guest speaker.
Of course, this is America....where we tolerate neo-Nazis, the KKK, and the John Birch Society. We usually don't feature a member of one of these groups at a major political party fundraiser.....but we do tolerate them. Free speech rights and all.
In Breitbart's case, the issue is acting racist enough, I guess, to stir up sufficient 'whites are victims of black racism' enthusiasm to motivate those whites to donate to the Republican Party.
That would be the old Nixon 'southern strategy' writ large over the entire Republican Party.
Truth be told.....the Republican Party is coming apart at the seams.
Instead of reforming themselves after the ass-kickings taken in 2006 and 2008, the Republican Party decided to "go rogue." The crazier the rhetoric, the crazier the actions....the better.
For the last 18 months, the darlings of Republicans have been Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Dick and Liz Cheney.......and now, Andrew Breitbart. These nutty Republican spokespeople have, almost in unison, continued Nixon's white voter-baiting policy......consoling majority whites in the U.S. who want their country back from.....growing minority groups....and the new American black president who reminds these fearful whites daily of their shrinking majority and power.
Inviting Andrew Breitbart to introduce an RNC fundraiser is no big deal in and of itself......but the trend....the trend of the RNC conveys the thought that Republicans really don't ever need to reform their party. To admit reform is needed would be a sign of weakness....so no reform is needed.
Going back to the drawing board....for Republicans.....means dragging out the old Nixon formula of baiting whites to raise funds and garner white votes, putting that formula into the hands of a raging hatemeister like Breitbart, and then telling American voters they have found their lost mojo.