“The charge that Tea Party Americans judge people by the color of their skin is false, appalling… and is a regressive and diversionary tactic to change the subject at hand.”
– Sarah Palin
“We Coloreds have taken a vote and decided that we don’t cotton to that whole emancipation thing. Freedom means having to work for real, think for ourselves, and take consequences along with the rewards. That is just far too much to ask of us Colored People and we demand that it stop!” – Mark Williams, Tea Party Express
It should surprise no one to see Mama Grizzly playing the victim card in this instance, though the fact that she issued this statement via Facebook and thus avoids having the MSM call bullshit makes it a slightly more interesting dynamic. The strategy relies on the message somehow filtering out of the echo chamber, into the mainstream public and resonating with them. No doubt in some instances it will.
One need only examine the campaigns run by Sharon Angle or Rand Paul to see what kind of election season we’re headed towards. I love it when people complain about “going negative” in campaign ads, because the same story runs every election cycle; they exist because they work. People are immune to advertising the same way that they’d navigate Stanley Milgram’s experiment in authoritarianism, which is to say not at all, unless you count after the fact.
I doubt, in all seriousness, that anyone would dispute the necessity of a serious debate over policy at this time. But it also seems a foregone conclusion that there won’t be one.