MSNBC’s Matthews Tears into RNC Chair Priebus over GOP Classist & Racist Strategies, “Obama is a Foreigner” Meme

Posted on August 27, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

Partial text of the exchange and Matthews’ takedown:

Matthews, to Preibus:

“I have to call you on this Mr. Chairman. You’ve been suggesting that somehow Obama has been running a negative campaign and your guy is running a positive campaign, but that’s not accurate. They’ve both been negative. That cheap shot about ‘I don’t have a problem with my birth certificate [from Romney] was awful. It is an embarrassment to your party to play that card. This part about getting rid of the work requirement for welfare is dishonest. You are playing that ethnic card there.

You can play your games and giggle about it, but the fact is your side is playing that card. When you start talking about work requirements, you know what game you’re playing, and everybody knows what game you’re playing. It’s the race card. Yeah, if your name is Romney, yeah you were well-born, you went to prep school. Yeah, brag about it. Yeah, this guy [Obama] has an African name and he has to live with it.”

Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough asked Matthews to clarify. “You think Mitt Romney’s playing the race card?”

“There’s no doubt he did on the birth certificate,” Matthews said. “Why would he bring it up?…And I think the work requirement fits right into it.”

Priebus disputed Matthews’ accusation.

“You got your monologue in, so congratulations,” Priebus said. “The fact of the matter is he’s from Michigan, he was born in Michigan. He’s making the point that ‘I was born in Michigan.’ We’ve gotten to a place in politics where any moment of levity is totally frowned upon by guys like you just so you can push your brand. It’s a moment of levity. Everybody gets it.”

“What’s the joke?” Matthews asked. “I don’t get it.”

Good NYT op-ed on the very topic of classism as part of the GOP plans to defeat President Obama’s re-election bid:

The Republican ticket is flooding the airwaves with commercials that develop two themes designed to turn the presidential contest into a racially freighted resource competition pitting middle class white voters against the minority poor.

Sharp criticism has done nothing to hold back the Romney campaign from continuing its offensive — in speeches and on the air — because the accuracy of the ads is irrelevant as far as the Republican presidential ticket is concerned. The goal is not to make a legitimate critique, but to portray Obama as willing to give the “undeserving” poor government handouts at the expense of hardworking taxpayers.

Bonus: the GOP also plans to attack President Obama’s support of the LGBT community and tie it to their “Obama is a foreigner” meme as well:

Recently, the Republican National Convention accidentally leaked a draft of the party’s foreign policy platform. The subsection on foreign aid contained a rather peculiar criticism of President Obama’s policy in the area:

“The effectiveness of our foreign aid has been limited by the cultural agenda of the current Administration, attempting to impose on foreign countries, especially the peoples of Africa, legalized abortion and the homosexual rights agenda. At the same time, faith-based groups — the sector that has had the best track record in promoting lasting development — have been excluded from grants because they will not conform to the administration’s social agenda. We will reverse this tragic course, encourage more involvement by the most effective aid organizations, and trust developing peoples to build their future from the ground up.”

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