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Faced with a deeply unpopular President and a potential GOP wave, Democrats are digging deep to motivate their lackadaisical base. As always, the most prominent play is the race card.
In North Carolina, fans of incumbent Senator Kay Hagan are passing out disturbing fliers in African-American neighborhoods. “Kay Hagan Doesn’t WIN! Obama’s IMPEACHMENT Will Begin! Vote in 2014” says the text, which is printed over a photo of a white crowd lynching a black man.
The local chapter of the NAACP doesn’t see a problem with the flier. President of the Fayetteville chapter, James Buxton, told the Observer, “That’s what the community feels. That if the Senate is taken over by the Republicans, and it remains the Republicans (in the majority) in the House of Representatives, they’re going to impeach him.”
County Republican Party Chairwoman Linda Devore saw things a little differently, saying, “I think it’s unfortunate to use this kind of emotion as a means to getting people out to vote. It’s bad information.”
The Fayetteville police are looking into the matter as “hate materials,” and expect federal authorities to be involved as they view the flier as an implied threat against the president.
I’m sure Attorney General Eric Holder will get right on that.
If conservatives want to set the record straight, the GOP should reprint the lynching photo with the headline, “Remember When North Carolina Was Run by White Democrats? Vote Republican!”
Meanwhile, Georgia’s Democratic Party is warning voters not to elect white people or it’ll be Ferguson all over again.
Opening with a photo of innocent children, the flier warns “If You Want To Prevent another Ferguson In Their Future… VOTE” Inside, the copy reads in part:
Ferguson, Missouri’s population is 67% African-American. But the city’s Mayor, 5 of its 6 city council members, and 94% of its police force are white.
What are we going to do about it?
If we want a better, safer future for our children, it’s up to us to vote for change.
Left unmentioned is that the most prominent Democrat running in Georgia is pasty Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn.
It’s curious that Democrats are attempting to make Ferguson a partisan issue, considering which party holds the region. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is a Democrat, as is Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster.
St. Louis County is dominated by Democrats. County Executive Charlie Dooley and Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch are both Dems, along with five of the seven members on the County Council. District 1, which includes the city of Ferguson, is represented by Democrat Councilperson Hazel Erby.
The city itself is run by an officially non-partisan council, so party registration details are hard to come by. The only affiliation noted online is that Ferguson’s mayor is registered as a Republican and two of the six city council members are outspoken Democrats.
This inconvenient fact is the reason that the press highlighted race over party in Ferguson. If Dems choose to make the story partisan, the GOP must remind voters that the unrest in Missouri is primarily Democrat vs. Democrat.
What do you think: Are these closing-week race cards just more evidence of Democrat flop sweat, or typical liberal racial division?