Thursday, October 16, 2008

Stupid: Obscure Republican Women's Group Creates 'Obama Bucks', Predictable Outrage Follows

All you need to do is read the photo tag to see how the paper reporting this feels.

And they have a point.

So we have some women who are either too stupid to know this doesn't look good and will certainly offend people or they're so blinded by their dislike for Obama that they think a winning strategy is to even hint at anything that can be construed as racist.

There's more than enough to beat this guy on. But by putting out some crude flier you'd expect from Beavis and Butthead, you give the left free reign to paint Republicans as racists and you can be assured they'll waste little time. It's bad enough they resort to making stuff up, we expect that now, but don't give them such easy ammunition..

Nice going, ladies!
The latest newsletter by an Inland Republican women's group depicts Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama surrounded by a watermelon, ribs and a bucket of fried chicken, prompting outrage in political circles.

The October newsletter by the Chaffey Community Republican Women, Federated says if Obama is elected his image will appear on food stamps -- instead of dollar bills like other presidents. The statement is followed by an illustration of "Obama Bucks" -- a phony $10 bill featuring Obama's face on a donkey's body, labeled "United States Food Stamps."

The GOP newsletter, which was sent to about 200 members and associates of the group by e-mail and regular mail last week, is drawing harsh criticism from members of the political group, elected leaders, party officials and others as racist.
The head of this outfit, one Diane Fedele, played dumb. Really dumb.
"I didn't see it the way that it's being taken. I never connected," she said. "It was just food to me. It didn't mean anything else."

She said she also wasn't trying to make a statement linking Obama and food stamps, although her introductory text to the illustration connects the two: "Obama talks about all those presidents that got their names on bills. If elected, what bill would he be on????? Food Stamps, what else!"
Ha ha ha! What a cut-up.

The Obama campaign, who of course will never play the race card, declined comment. They'll just let their henchman, having just finished picking over the bones of Joe the Plumber, do their dirty work. And you can be sure to hear plenty of this one.
The Obama campaign declined to comment. It's the campaign's policy to not address such attacks, said Gabriel Sanchez, a California spokesman for the campaign.

The newsletter prompted a rebuke from another African-American member of the organization, which is well recognized in the community for its philanthropy and efforts to register and turn out voters in the Rancho Cucamonga and Upland areas.

Acquanetta Warren, a Fontana councilwoman and member of the women's group, said the item is rude and requires a public apology.

"When I opened that up and saw it, I said, 'Why did they do this? It doesn't even reflect our principles and values,' " said Warren, who served as a Republican delegate to the national convention in September and is a regional vice chairwoman for the California Republican Party. "I know a lot of the ladies in that club and they're fantastic. They're volunteers. They really care -- some of them go to my church."

Warren forwarded an electronic version of the newsletter to the California Republican Party headquarters, where officials also were outraged Wednesday and denounced the illustration.

Hector Barajas, the party's press secretary, said the party chairman likely will have a conversation with Fedele, and Barajas will attend the statewide California Federation of Republican Women conference this weekend in Los Angeles to handle any news media there to cover the controversy.

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