by Scoobie Davis
I realize this article is a few days old, but I urge to read Bryan Keefer's take on Limbaugh's lumping together the recent Iraqi sham elections with the high percentage of African-Americans who support Democrats. I heard Limbaugh says these ugly things on his radio show, but I didn't have the chance to record them. I'm glad Keefer did and responded to it. According to Limbaugh:
I want to draw another comparison to the Iraqi outcome and elections in this country. Saddam got 100 percent of the vote ... Al Gore in 2000 got 94 percent of the votes, of some votes. Now, if we can say that Saddam Hussein's 100 percent of the vote is a result of fear, or in Iraq's case, death, why would 94 percent of a certain group vote for Gore?
...Now in Iraq, of course, the way they do this is fear - you don't vote for Saddam and may not vote ever again, you may not even breathe ever again if you don't vote for Saddam ... How in a democracy, where nobody gets over 60 percent of the vote in the general election, how in the world do the Democrats get 94 percent of the black vote every year? Fear! And how they get whatever percentage of the senior citizens vote they get every presidential [election]? Fear! You see the similarities here my friend! You see why Carville is probably on [his] way to Iraq now to study this election - they're oh so close! Fear! The Democrats scare their voters as much - not so much about them, but about their opponent.
Rush is half-right. Fear is an important factor, but this is fear created by the Republican Party. As I have pointed out numerous times on this site, American blacks overwhelmingly vote Democratic by default. The Party of Lincoln intimidates black voters (did you hear about this in Arkansas?); the GOP is full of neo-Confederates like Trent Lott (who gives sickening tributes to Jefferson Davis); Jeb and Katherine (what a pair) purged tens of thousands of African-Americans from the voter rolls; I could go on.
Limbaugh seems to think it's unusual for a demographic to vote in one particular way. Well, I would suggest that George W. Bush got at least 99 percent of a key Limbaugh listener demographic: People whose car horns play Dixie and who don't use dental floss.
IMPORTANT CLARIFICATION: I was about to hit "Post & Publish" when I felt the urge to make a clarification. I don't mean to suggest that everyone who listens to talk radio is a gap-toothed yokel. I will assert that the yahoo-meter runs high when it comes to the listening demographic of Limbaugh's show. However, some thoughtful people listen to talk radio (and are misinformed); that's why it's so important to call talk radio shows and set the record straight when you hear lies and distortions.