Monday, February 25, 2008

Republican D

So much for that vicious right-wing attack machine. The GOP campaigning wing is shaking in its shoes at the prospect of facing Hillary or Obama -- or worse, both -- in the fall.

Republicans will be told to “be sensitive to tone and stick to the substance of the discussion” and that “the key is that you have to be sensitive to the fact that you are running against historic firsts,” the strategist explained.

I'm sure they just know it's going to be a walk through the minefield. The Democratic primary so far has featured an almost daily eruption of race or gender insensitivity from some mid-level campaign flack or another in one of the two camps. And these are the people who practice scrupulous hypersensitivity to these issues as a lifestyle choice.

The Republicans? Let's face it, we know they all still enjoy the good old jokes when no one else is in the room. What are the odds that someone isn't going to embarrass them on a daily basis by praising "Huck Finn" or saying "girls" or "rhymes with witch" or "niggardly" or committing some hanging crime against multiculturalism? They have to know their people are going to be wandering off the reservation on a regular basis ...

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